I'm not sure if you recall, but a 24 karat gold plated Nintendo Wii was made for Queen Elizabeth II back in 2009. Now, it happens that this console is on sale through eBay, though it costs a pretty penny and then some.
Let's give you some context. Publisher THQ commissioned the creation of a gold-plated Nintendo Wii for a promotion for BIG Family Games, a wholesome and colourful party game developed by Jet Black Games. "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," said the publisher at the time. "But we thought that Her Majesty the Queen wouldn't want to play on any old console, so an extra-special gold one was commissioned. We hope that she and the rest of the Royal Family enjoy the game!"
It's something that you'd likely see in an episode of Spitting Image - an elderly monarch flailing their arms wildly to slash and stab at Bokoblins in Twilight Princess. Speaking of which, it took blood, sweat, and tears but we've settled on the five most memorable moments in The Legend Of Zelda series in this video below.
Since then, it has transpired that this Wii never made it into the living room(s) of Buckingham Palace. People Make Games pointed out pertinently that no gifts will be accepted by the Queen's official correspondence team as these would pose a security risk to the Royal Family. So, the console was sent back to THQ and landed in the hands of collector Donny Fillerup. Now that Donny is wanting to move on with their life, they're selling the golden Wii on eBay of all places. "I want to be reasonable with buying a place for myself, and $300,000 is the price that I came up with," explained Donny in an interview. "I don't NEED more. Also, this gives more people the opportunity to buy it."
Yes, $300,000 for the 24 karat gold plated Nintendo Wii intended for the Queen of the United Kingdom. Be aware that you'll need to pay for shipping too, but the condition of the Wii and its uniqueness are factors to consider here. Donny admits that the Wiimote has "some wear" towards its edges which seems to suggest that it was used to play video games in the past, rather than being an object to look at in a museum. Plus, it works. The flex to play a tennis match in Wii Sports with this gold plated controller, it'd be sensational. Unfortunately, I don't have a spare $300,000 hanging about. We could all go in on it though, right?
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