All the way back in July 2015, we learned that an incredibly rare prototype of the unreleased SNES-CD, otherwise known as the SNES PlayStation or the Nintendo PlayStation Superdisc, was found and recovered in near flawless condition. The console that was supposed to be born from what would become two of the bitterest rivals in the industry is one of the latter but now the Nintendo Play Station will finally be up for grabs.
"We turned down 1.2 million from someone in Norway", Diebold told Kotaku, explaining that - if he accepted that amount - he wouldn't have much left after paying taxes, splitting the earnings with his son, and paying off his debts. It went by many nicknames - the "Super NES CD-ROM System", the "SNES-CD", the "Nintendo Play Station" - but the gist was irresistible: Super Nintendo games on disc technology developed by Sony.
The unreleased console, which features Sony branding and the first use of the word "PlayStation", marks the first chapter of Sony's foray into the home console video game market in the early 1990s.
In 2009, Terry Diebold paid $75 for some items in an online bankruptcy auction.
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 U.S. for a while now, where it can be seen to run both SNES cartridges and CD-ROMs.
Speaking about the decision, Diebold said: "I can't keep losing money".
Though it might have been impossible to know it at the time, Nintendo's falling out with Sony is among the events to happen to the video game medium. "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.
The Heritage Auctions, which is based in Dallas Texas, styles itself as an auctioneer of collectables - the best in the world. In February, this relic of video game history will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Nintendo, however, worked out a more favorable partnership with Phillips, which it revealed at the same Consumer Electronics Show where Sony revealed the Play Station.
The Nintendo Play Station is a rare item.
Heritage Auctions is the same organization that sold the record-breaking $100,000 Super Mario Bros. "Every trip that we have taken with it has cost us money out of pocket".
'In the case of this particular item, since it's by no means been bought at public public sale earlier than, there's actually no option to inform'.