The mythical SNES-CD, the aborted collaboration between Nintendo and Sony from the early ’90s, has been found in a box of junk.
No, that’s not not a mistake in the title. But if you know your video game history you’ll be aware that the PlayStation brand actually began life as a collaboration between Nintendo and Sony.
You can read up on the details here, but the basics are that Sony was going to provide a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES console, but when Nintendo belatedly realised that the deal would give too much control to Sony they backed out at the last minute.
Sony decided to go things alone and the rest, as they say, is history.
Around 200 prototype consoles, named the ‘Play Station’, were created but until now none have been know to have fallen into private hands.
The images first appeared on Reddit, but thanks to the recent drama there the main gaming discussion board, and many subreddits, are currently offline – as a protest against a popular moderator being fired.
But the following is the original explanation of where the console came from: ‘My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work with, I think his name was Olaf, used to work at Nintendo and when my dads company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of ‘junk’ he was supposed to throw out’.
The Olaf in question could be Olaf Olafsson, former president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
All of which proves that the old playground lie of ‘my dad works at [insert famous company] and got one early’ is sometimes true.