Want to game like royalty? Well, giving you a chance to do just that is Goldin Auctions. It has recently listed a 24-karat gold Nintendo WII console that was originally made for Queen Elizabeth II. The device is listed for pre-bid estimates starting at $3000 plus the buyer’s premium.
The Nintendo Wii was originally commissioned by now-defunct game developer THQ to promote its BIG Family Games title. Commenting on it, Danielle Robinson, THQ’s then product manager, in a statement, said, “The Royal Family is arguably the most important family in the country, so we felt that they had to have a copy of the new game, so an extra-special gold console was commissioned.”
The golden device never made it inside Buckingham Palace due to an “understandably strict” royal gifting policy and was later acquired by Dutch collector and Consolevariations owner Donny Fillerup, who purchased it from an unnamed owner himself.
Remarking on the console, the listing states, “Presented here is the ultimate Wii collectible, commissioned especially for Her Majesty the Queen herself for a (somewhat goofy, and ultimately unsuccessful) marketing ploy, ‘The Golden Wii.’”
The entire package includes the console, one controller, a copy of Big Family Games, a sensor bar, and all necessary cables. It is otherwise in good condition but shows signs of “scattered” gold chipping in some places. The ‘The Golden Wii’ is currently open for bids on Goldin’s website until its finale sale on May 21, 2022.
[Available at: Goldin]