With what has to be possibly the rarest of finds in gaming history, a rare prototype of the SNES-CD console, which was created as part of a failed partnership between Nintendo and Sony some 25 years ago, has been discovered.
The dude that found it was apparently is the son of a former 90’s Sony exec, discovered the console amongst a ‘box of junk’. He posted the pics to Reddit and has since gone viral.
But there appears to be a bit of bad blood between Nintendo and Sony, hence the fall out of the project. The story goes in 1991 at the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony showcased its Nintendo-endorsed vision for a SNES-CD, which it branded with a “PlayStation” logo. Nintendo however got all snake-y and announced that it would be partnering with electronics firm Phillips instead to make the console. Nintendo announced this at the same exhibition, and it was the first Sony was hearing about it.
So Sony got pissed, as you do, and went on the offensive, lobbying to fund a console without Nintendo’s involvement. And they kept the name Playstation and the first PS console has started a karmic chain of events that has led gaming to the pinnacle it stands at today.
In any case, the images speak for themselves at what could have been. I am sure Nintendo has enough ‘if only’ moments that could fill a brewery with the bitterest of lagers, but it is what it is. Check it out:
Let’s hope he can find the outlet to boot it up and see if it plays. Don’t forget to blow.