Some of the rarest video games, consoles and accessories are prototypes that never made it into full production. Finding them in the wild is nearly impossible as they’re usually in the basement/attic of a previously fired and (at the time) disgruntled employee, who decided they would take the latest and greatest development with them when they left. That’s what happened with the unreleased Sega Pluto, an update to the Saturn that added a modem and now in just a week, two of these have been rediscovered.
According to the initial announcer over at the Assembler Games forums, the Pluto really was just a Saturn with a Netlink modem built in. It was pretty huge though and very heavy: “The front features two controller ports, and on top you have a flip-top drive bay, a cart slot, a Power button, and the venerable Reset button.”
In his description, the poster, who goes by the name of “Super Magnetic,” said that as far as he knew, two Pluto consoles were made and his was number two. Just a couple of days later though and Destructoid user, “kidvid666” posted up a video showing off his Pluto. He apparently bought it years ago for a dollar at a “flea market”, or car boot to us Brits, not knowing what it was until Super Magnetic explained it recently.[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaRXP4TgBmg’]
Kidvid apparently plans to put this up on Ebay in the next few days, cashing in on the news stories that highly reputable journalists like myself are writing. If you’ve got a few spare bucks and you’re a big Sega fan, get ready to fight off the bids of serious collectors from around the world. I’m betting this one goes for a lot.
KitGuru Says: The question now remains, how many other Pluto consoles might be out there, just waiting to be rediscovered?