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 perfect condition. Over the next couple of years, the owner got the console working and even managed to get around a software issue that blocked the CD drive from functioning. Now, the console is potentially getting sold.
Terry Diebold recovered the console, fixed it up and showed off his progress along the way. More recently, he has been travelling around and taking it to conventions for others to take a look at. The chance to own a piece of gaming history might now be passed on, as Diebold has opened himself up for serious offers.
— terry diebold (@terry51d) October 2, 2019
For those who don’t know about the story behind this collaborative console, the SNES-CD was being designed prior to the PlayStation era, when Nintendo largely dominated the home console market. The plan was to create a new version of the SNES that could load cartridges as well as CDs.
The console shared Nintendo and Sony branding, although the PlayStation name was the most prominent. Around 200 consoles were produced, most of which were destroyed after Nintendo called off the partnership. Sony went on to attempt a similar collaboration effort with Philips but that deal didn’t make it very far. In the end, Sony decided to just make its own console, leading to the PlayStation we all know today.
KitGuru Says: As such a rare and interesting piece of gaming history, my hope is that this ends up in a museum at some stage. We don’t know how much Diebold is looking to sell this prototype for, but I imagine it would take a hefty sum, potentially even a record amount.