The Royal Wii? Gold-plated Nintendo console designed for Queen Elizabeth II goes on sale
(CNN) – Playing video games just got a whole lot classier, as a gold-plated Nintendo Wii made for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is up for sale on eBay.
But you might have to part with $300,000 if you want to play in royal-worthy style.
The special console was made in 2009 by now-defunct hardware brand THQ, the seller, Donny Fillerup, told CNN on Thursday.
He was sent to the Queen as a marketing stunt but was rejected by her staff and returned to the company, he said.
THQ then filed for bankruptcy and its stock of hardware, including the golden Wii, was purchased by a private buyer, added Fillerup, which acquired the console in 2017.
Experts valued the console at $1 million, said Fillerup, 32, who lives in the Netherlands and runs the Console Variations online database.
“I don’t want to be so greedy,” Fillerup said. He declined to tell CNN how much he paid for the console four years ago.
So far, Fillerup has received several five-figure offers, but he is in no rush to sell.
“I want to have my own house,” he said, adding that he could buy a small apartment if the console sells for list price.
The console works and is in good overall condition, according to the listing.
“The Wii-mote has wear on the bottom,” the listing reads. “I guess it was used at some point.”
Potential buyers who want to verify provenance can be reassured by documents and emails, according to the announcement.
The story of the golden Wii was widely covered in the media in May 2009 when THQ gifted it to the Queen.
It was thought to have disappeared, but reappeared in the public eye in 2019 with a flurry of gaming media coverage.
Fillerup told CNN that the Wii is one of 350 consoles in his collection, which includes rare Nintendo prototypes.
Nintendo launched its Wii console in 2006 and sold more than 101 million units, the company said. The Wii was discontinued in 2013.
But it looks like there may still be other gold-plated Wiis out there.
In 2014, a London-based company, Goldgenie, offered to cover everyday objects, such as game consoles, bicycles and golf clubs, in 24-karat gold.
Covering your Wii with gold would have cost you $500 and taken about a week. The company remains in operation.
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