Although the partnership did not go well as planned, Nintendo Play Station was still created with its original prototype, which will soon be up for grabs in February with the help of Heritage Auctions.
Produced as a joint venture between Nintendo and Sony in 1991 as an add-on for the Super Nintendo, the project was canceled, before Sony chose to enter the video game business by themselves.
In a nutshell: The big three console makers-Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo-are rivals, but there was a time in the late 80s when the two Japanese firms came together to create a SNES with a CD-ROM drive called the Nintendo Play Station.
There are an estimated 200 units on Earth, making this an incredible find for someone who's willing to drop some serious cash; the current owner has already turned down an offer of $1.2 million as-is. There's no telling what the final selling price will be since the Nintendo Play Station prototype has never been sold at auction.
Diebold paid just $75 for a lot which included the console along with other random items such as music CDs, plaques, a pair of shoes and a tie, and stashed the machine away in his attic without realizing its significance.
There doesn't seem to be any question of whether the console is the real thing, as Diebold and his son have been touring it around fan events in the USA for a while now, where it can be seen to run both SNES cartridges and CD-ROMs. In the early 90s, Nintendo played around with the idea of CD-ROM technology. In fact, they've been losing money, with Terry explaining to Kotaku, "I can't keep losing money. I've put a lot of work into this by traveling with it and we have made nothing on it", Diebold told Kotaku via email.
Dieblod used to be taking a see to market it even then, however now it's officially going up for sale subsequent year by the use of Heritage Auctions. But if you want to own this particular piece of gaming history, you can - so long as you make the right bid. And we're not trying to start any intra-family feuds here, but how exactly does the son lay claim to half of the money?
With that in mind, they took the decision to sell the prototype and will do so through Heritage Auctions on February 27 next year in Dallas, Texas.
If you're interested in bidding on the SNES-CD, watch for Heritage Auctions starting February 7, 2020. Could it really reach such a high price at auction?