The Queen’s 24-karat gold Nintendo Wii is finally on sale
In 2009, THQ did a publicity stunt in covering a Nintendo Wii in 24-karat gold and trying to get it delivered to Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty never got her hands on the console, but now, after more than a year of hijinx auctioning, you might be able to.
In fact, I wrote about it last yearwhen the console, in the hands of a collector in the Netherlands, was to be offered for sale on eBay:
The queen probably never received the console…as shown in this excellent episode of People Make Games– but it eventually found its way into the hands of collector Don, one of the guys behind the website consolevariations.comwho I wrote about back in 2019.
put on, who is now, “Moving on with life” and looking to buy a new placesells parts of its collection, and the star item is of course this famous 24-carat gold-plated Wii, which he listed on eBay for $300,000.
This eBay auction took place in October 2021 and garnered over 700 bids, before a recent change in eBay’s bidding policies – which tied an item’s value to the user’s sales history , which in this case was “very expensive console” versus “one guy’s console”. regular eBay account »– had the auction removed before it could be completed.
Six months later, the console’s current owner, Don (who also runs the excellent Console Variations) found a workaround, with auction house Goldin is only too happy to list the golden Wii (and the shitty game it was originally intended to promote) there instead.
Here is Goldin’s list:
Due to the palace correspondence team’s understandably strict policy on gifts, however, for security reasons the console never made it to the palace, let alone into the hands of the queen. He was then returned to the offices of THQ, unbeknownst to the rest of the world, who assumed he had reached his final destination, living the life of royalty. When THQ went bankrupt in 2012, “The Royal Wii” fell off the radar, and no one was quite sure what happened to it. However, five years later, it resurfaced, having been acquired by a collector specializing in development material, who had obtained it from a contact he had at THQ. He eventually sold the console, and it’s been quietly in our shipper’s hands ever since.
Featured here is the ultimate Wii collectible, commissioned especially for Her Majesty The Queen herself for a (somewhat wacky and ultimately unsuccessful) marketing ploy, “The Golden Wii”. Both the console and the controller are plated in 24 carat gold. Both show minor handling wear, with the controller showing scattered chips on the gold plating. The bundle includes the console, a controller, a copy of BIG Family Games, a sensor bar, and all necessary cables. The Wii will come with a Provenance Letter from our sender attesting to its history and authenticity. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this truly one-of-a-kind Nintendo collectible! (Crown Jewels not included.)
The bidding has just opened, and I’m incredibly curious to see where it goes. On the one hand, it’s a Wii with gold on it, a funny story and a copy of a really bad video game. It might cost a little more than the $1,500 currently on offer. On the other hand, we now live in a world where Pokémon cards can sell for as much as an apartmentso who knows how much someone will eventually be willing to pay for this thing. With the auction closing on May 22, I guess we’re about to find out.