The Queen’s golden Nintendo Wii is once again up for sale, so if you fancy spending around three grand plus, it’s all yours.
Back in 2009, video game publisher THQ pulled a bit of a silly publicity stunt where it delivered a 24 karat gold Nintendo Wii to Queen Elizabeth the second herself. It was absolutely just to advertise the unabashedly shoddy Wii Sports ripoff Big Family Games, which isn’t the first game you’d think to pair a golden Wii with. People Make Games later found out that the Queen never actually got the console, and it’s changed hands a few times since then.
The listing is being held on the appropriately named goldin, which also features things like an original issue of Batman’s first appearance, and a whole bunch of sports cards. At the time of writing, the bidding sits at $3000, over 13 bids, and goldin describes it as “the ultimate Wii collectible). It still even has the copy of Big Family Games with it, but that should probably just be thrown out now.
When it was last auctioned off, it was listed at around $300,000 on eBay, so it’s likely this particular occasion will also go for maybe more money than it should. There’s still about two weeks left to place your bid, if you’re the kind of person who just has that kind of money laying around.
As fun as it is to say though, again, the Queen never likely even saw the thing, due to security reasons. It didn’t even make it into the palace, so it was sent back to the THQ offices. Of course, THQ went bankrupt back in 2012, though has since been revived, and the location of the golden Wii became a bit of a mystery (with People Make Games’ video helping to solve that history). It’s an odd bit of gaming history, but hey ho, let’s see where it goes.