Unreleased Super Nintendo 'PlayStation' CD-Addon (SNES-CD) Prototype Console Discovered
The fall out between Sony and Nintendo's mid-nineties collaboration is well documented online, with the collapse of the SNES-CD
unit paving way for the unstoppable PlayStation. Since then various tidbits of information, photographs, and documents have since surfaced on this fabled device. As of today though it would appear one lucky individual happens to have to hand a prototype unit of the CD based Super Nintendo.
Also dubbed the PlayStation, this upgraded Super Nintendo was set to offer the same functionality the Mega CD brought Sega's 16-bit console. With CD versions of Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, and even Street Fighter II rumoured to be heading to the system, things were looking up for Nintendo. As we all know though, the end result was Philips releasing the CD-I and a selection of lacklustre licensed Mario and Zelda games.
Fast forward to today though and an incredible discovery has been made with this history of the SNES-CD prototype. Originally posted to Reddit, a gallery containing photographs of the console mockup were uploaded online showing the very same unit in person that's seen all too often in old magazine scans. Coupled with the early PlayStation logo and the all too familiar yellow of Super Nintendo plastic, this discovery seems all but too real to be another cruel hoax on the gaming world.
The owner of this said prototype recently popped up on the AssemblerGames messageboard to give his take on the selection of photographs he has shared. Although sounding like every kid we ever knew on the playground, his father supposedly had links to Nintendo and the development SNES-CD / PlayStation, and found the system lying around in a box of items he was meant to discard years ago.
While it's yet to be known if the system works or has a functioning CD-ROM drive, there is hope. Accompanying the system is also a PlayStation branded control pad, a test cartridge, and an untitled CD. The owner is frequently posting updates to the message board as and when he has them, so stay tuned to see if we're another step closer to this unfinished chapter of retro gaming history.