About 4 months back now, Redditor analogueboy managed to pull off what was previously thought impossible and legitimately made the dreams of die-hard gamers and nostalgia fetishists come true.
He unearthed an incredibly rare, like really rare - only 200 were made, PlayStation SNES console, and snapped images to prove that this holy grail for console enthusiasts actually made it to prototype stage.
And now 4 months later, the PS SNES has been turned on, and the hype is real! It works, and it is glorious.
Hold Up... What Is A PlayStation SNES?!
Back in 1988, Nintendo and Sony had put pen to paper to team up on a CD peripheral for the SNES, and a stand alone CD-ROM based version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), that would play both SNES branded cartridge games and CD-ROM titles.
Totally not ironically titled SNES-CD, the project eventually ground to a halt over licensing issues - Sony proposed to retain and develop the SNES-CD format, while Nintendo didn't want to cede total control to another company.
So in order to counter the proposition, Nintendo pulled off one of the most famous backstabs in gaming history by going behind Sony's backs and jumping into bed with their direct competitors Phillips, with the CD-i being the fruits of their spoils:
Who would have thought Nintendo would end up being one of the masters of troll-dom? A day after Sony announced the "PlayStation SNES" at the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show, Nintendo publicly announced their partnership with Phillips, thus creating the ill-fated Phillips CD-i and a spate of iconically divisive Nintendo branded CD-ROM games like...
Then later, Sony would go on to slip Nintendo the perfect side-eye - the PlayStation, which pretty much halted Nintendo's vice like grip on the market, and went on to break numerous awards, make history and establish one of gaming's biggest and most awe-inspiring brands, and go on to become even more vital 20 years since Nintendo's initial backstab.
Here's a clip of analogueboy discussing the PS SNES:
Turn This Baby On
Recently Engadget tracked down analogueboy, real name Dan Diebold and his father Terry, and painstakingly managed to flick the switch on this piece of history and have a go at Super Bomberman 5.
SNES cartridges worked without any trouble, as did the controllers. But, unfortunately, the CD-ROM drive remained defunct despite the father and son's attempts to locate the issue.
The pair took X-rays of the internal components to see if there was damage, but were unable to come to a firm conclusion seeing as the CD drive actually received power.
Though it is easy to assume that perhaps Sony intentionally disabled the CD drive in order for Nintendo not to run with their tech after the entertainment giants' separation.
Man, just imagine Nintendo and Sony actually released this piece of kit. How different would the Battle for the Living Room be today?