June 15, 2024

Picture: Yahoo! / Nintendo / Kotaku

An unique prototype of Nintendo’s Tremendous Famicom, Japan’s (superior) model of the SNES, was up for public sale with latest bids pushing the gray piece of gaming historical past north of $3.2 million. Then, earlier in the present day, the public sale was abruptly pulled offline, potentially over fraudulent bids.

The prototype on the market on Yahoo! Auctions Japan differed from the ultimate system in few alternative ways. Probably the most notable is a fire-engine pink energy button on the entrance as a substitute of the darkish gray one Nintendo finally went with. The experimental model additionally had a headphone jack and a quantity dial on the aspect, in addition to an enlargement port on the entrance as a substitute of beneath the console.

The Tremendous Famicom prototype is what individuals would have seen in magazines forward of the console’s 1990 launch. It was a window into the long run as current followers twiddled their thumbs on the NES earlier than making the 16-bit leap to next-gen hits like Tremendous Mario World. “I believe this has excessive nostalgic enchantment as a result of all of us spent so lengthy observing these prototypes and dreaming of a time we may lastly purchase this wonderful new Nintendo,” Digital Eclipse editorial director Chris Kohler wrote on Twitter.

Whereas the value began within the mere a whole lot, it’s now jumped properly past what anybody appeared to count on. “I’ve had my eye on this because it was round $800 and figured I’d be prepared to pay as much as like 10 grand for it,” tweeted localization specialist John Ricciardi. “It’s now over $640,000 lol.” Lower than 24 hours later, the value solely continued to spike, reaching over $3 million earlier than the public sale was instantly pulled offline.

A screenshot shows the Super Famicom prototype on Yahoo! Auctions.

Screenshot: Yahoo! / Kotaku

Evaluate that potential value to the legendary Nintendo Play Station prototype from again when the Mario maker was working with Sony on a next-gen console with a disc drive. That piece of {hardware} by no means got here to be as the 2 firms famously went their separate methods, and that window into another gaming historical past went for simply $360,000 just a few years in the past in 2020.

With an finish date of Might 12, the Tremendous Famicom prototype public sale nonetheless had just a few days left to go. At this level it it’s unclear if and when the piece might be re-listed, and if it would truly find yourself being one of many most costly gaming collectibles ever or not.

Replace 5/8/2024 11:15 a.m. ET: Added details about the public sale being pulled.

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