SNES CD Prototype Pad On Ebay

Totally useless but historically interesting all the same!

We don’t usually get too excited about ‘prototype’ items but this caught our attention here at NintendoLife Towers. Some lucky chap is currently selling a SNES CD joypad prototype on eBay.

For those of you that don’t know, the SNES CD never actually existed; it was supposed to be a wonderful collaboration between Nintendo and Sony but the failure of the Sega Mega CD put the Big N off the idea and the union was quickly dissolved, leaving Sony feeling more than a little jilted. The result? The company went it alone and the development work carried out on the SNES CD unit evolved into another machine you might have heard of: the Playstation. The rest, as they say, is history.

The pad itself is next to useless as no SNES CD unit was ever produced, but as a collector’s item it represents astonishing historical value; here is a joypad for one of the most talked about pieces of hardware of the ‘90s, a piece of console history that never actually went into production. In terms of design it looks like a cross between the SNES pad and the Playstation pad, which isn’t really a massive shock.

The asking price is a little steep but we don’t doubt that the pay will find a new owner at some point. In the meantime we’re left wondering what might have been had Nintendo not left Sony standing at the altar all those years ago.