Playstation and Nintendo: the strangest consoles of the two industry giants
Back in 2009, THQ gave Queen Elizabeth II one Nintendo Wii entirely coated in gold. More recently, one has seen the light of day Playstation 5 always gold plated with crocodile leather inserts. But how many other bizarre limited editions are there out there?
From Nintendo Wii to Playstation 5: the strangest editions
Delivered directly to Buckingham Palace, the console created for Her Majesty is a 24-karat gold-plated Nintendo Wii. Today, a full 12 years after its donation to the royal family, this opulent Wii is making an appearance again and, amazingly, has been put up for sale on eBay for the modest sum of $ 300,000.
Always to stay on the subject now massive has made headlines in recent times the Playstation 5 plated in 18-karat gold, a unique edition of which there is only one example in the world. The crocodile leather inserts in the DualSense controllers are special.
The Ps5 has been embellished by the famous Russian jewelry Caivar, which has baptized its creation with the name of Golden Rock, a name in line with the shape of the body, which recalls that of a rocky wall. Obviously the price is stratospheric and it is estimated to be higher than $ 600,000.
A cheaper version of the gold Playstation 5 was also created, by TrulyEsclusive, at a cost of $ 9,000 and more classic in shape.
Playstation: a history of limited editions
Producing ultra-limited editions is not new practice for Nintendo and Playstation, which over the years have created a large number of one-of-a-kind devices. These objects that we can fearlessly define as worthy of being kept in a museum they have almost always been created to celebrate special occasions: let’s take a look at the most interesting ones.
The first consul on this list could only be her: the Sony Playstation 10 Million. Of this version of Playstation 1 there is only one copy, kept in the Sony EMCS Corporation Kisarazu TEC. As the name suggests, its serial number is just ten million, in fact this console was produced precisely to celebrate that number of units sold overall.
It goes without saying that its value is inestimable.
We make the generational leap and we come to Playstation 2, with its Automotive Edition. This version of the console boasts only 2000 copies worldwide and was created to celebrate 20,000 copies sold. Playstation 2 Automotive Edition is available in 5 colors, and at launch it was possible to buy them all together for around 2000 €.
However, there are also the golden versions of Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. The first call PlayStation 3: Computer Choppers and entirely coated with 24 carat gold and the second more simply called Playstation 4: Golden Edition created with 220 grams of 9-karat yellow gold.
Nintendo Switch and special editions
Nintendo is also no exception when it comes to special editions of its consoles, and only Nintendo Switch can boast an incredibly high number of them. Of course, maybe not as opulent as the Sony ones, but certainly more accessible and sometimes even created on request.
A perfect example of this is the Nintendo Switch Lite – AVICII Invector: Encore Editiondedicated to the DJ who died tragically a few years ago, of which there are only 5 in the world and which could be won through a competition.
Other very limited editions of the Nintendo hybrid are the one dedicated to Trials of Mana it’s at Jack Jeanne, an IP that has never left the Japanese territory. The first has a series of unique screen prints on the dock, on the back of the console with lots of custom Joycons, while the second features a charcoal drawing on the back.
Both versions are practically unavailable today.
More generally, there is an impressive number of these consoles branded with the logo of the appropriate brands, and which can be considered to all intents and purposes as real unique editions of the machine. Not to mention the various editions released in conjunction with the videogame products of the moment, such as Animal Crossing New Horizons And Monster Hunter Rise.
One wonders what other Nintendo and Playstation limited editions will come with the next generation of gaming. And especially if they will be over the top like the previous ones.