Now’s your chance to own a truly one-of-a-kind Nintendo Wii…provided you’ve got a well-stocked bank account to match. my box reports the Dutch collector and console variations owner Don is auctioning off an infamous 24-karat gold-plated Wii game bankrupt game developer THQ intended to give to Queen Elizabeth II in 2009. The system was intended as a promotional piece for the forgettable mini-game collection. great Family Games, but it never made it to Buckingham Palace due to an “understandably strict” royal gifts policy. He returned to THQ and appeared in 2017 after a collector obtained it from a studio contact. The anonymous owner eventually sold Don.
Don first tried to sell the gold Wii on eBay in October 2021 with a asking price of $300,000. However, the market closed it down, as a policy change flagged accounts selling items at prices well above their usual range. The new auction is at Goldin, which has no similar reserves.
You’ll want to prepare if you’re considering a purchase. Bidding has already reached $2,000 at the time of this writing, and we expect it to go much higher (if not necessarily $300,000) by the time the auction closes on the evening of May 21. This is also not a mint condition item as there are signs of “scattered” gold chips. And since Nintendo shut down online multiplayer services and the Wii Shop years ago, you probably won’t do more with this machine than stare at it fondly through a glass case.
However, it won’t be surprising if someone gets hold of this Wii. Unlike many special edition consoles, this is a truly unique device with a story behind it. And like Nintendo World Championship cartridges or similar oddities, it’s as much a snapshot of a moment in gaming history as anything else. The 24-karat gold Wii was the product of an era when daring publicity stunts were still relatively common in the gaming industry, and the new owner will likely remember that period for a long time.
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