Ah, sure, The Queen’s* Golden Wii. A wonderfully cromulent sixth-generation console publicity stunt, born of a time when entrepreneurs couldn’t avail themselves of a cheeky Twitter feed to get instantaneous consideration, is up for sale on eBay.
* — Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has seemingly by no means heard of, a lot much less ever performed, this electroplated contraption.
THQ, masters of promoting style that it as soon as was, cooked up the gilded scheme 12 years in the past to hype Big Family Games, a chunk of party-game shovelware unique to the console. THQ mentioned it delivered the golden Wii (its Wiimote was additionally golden) to Buckingham Palace in May 2009. But this 2019 investigation, from Chris Bratt’s People Make Games YouTube sequence, tracks down the Wii and finds it in possession of collector Donny Fillerup, a board member of Consolevariations.com.
Fillerup is nonetheless the proprietor, accountable for itemizing it on eBay. He’s wanting to buy a house for the primary time, and figures the Wii may finance that. An interview at Consolevariations.com says unnamed “top end gaming industry people” estimated, at Gamescom 2019, that the golden Wii might be value $1 million; Fillerup says simply $300,000 (really €250,000) ought to cowl his house-hunting wants, so he’s hoping to land that. Asked if he ever provided to promote it “back” to the Queen, Fillerup says no.
“My family was never very healthy financially, so money was always needed,” Fillerup mentioned. “I never wanted to sell it; however, I was always curious how much someone could give for it.”
The Golden Wii’s itemizing says the machine works. “The username is ‘THQ’ and it’s on the 3.2E Firmware,” Fillerup notes. “The Wii-mote has some wear on the bottom. My guess is that it was actually used at one point.”