The Gold Nintendo Wii, created for a publicity stunt and sent to (but not accepted by) The Queen, is up for auction.
You all know the story of the one-of-a-kind, Gold Nintendo Wii, right?
It was created by THQ back in 2009 as part of a publicity stunt to launch Big Family Games, a naff minigame collection for the Nintendo Wii. THQ sent the infamous console to Buckingham Palace, marked FAO Her Majesty The Queen, but the Monarch never received it.
Instead, someone on her staff (probably quite sensibly) returned the Gold Nintendo Wii from whence it came. And there it sat, in THQ’s vaults, for over a decade, before cropping up on eBay in an auction that was eventually pulled by the platform. (But not before reaching bids of over a quarter of a million dollars.)
Now it’s on the auction block again, listed for sale on auction site Goldin. The bid currently stands at US$2000 – around £1600 – which seems cheap, but it’s worth pointing out that the Gold Nintendo Wii is only gold-plated, so probably not worth that much by weight.
Its value as a collector’s curio, however? That’s… also probably not very much? But who are we to judge what people spend their money on.