It's a fairly little known fact that Nintendo was, at one point, working with Sony to develop a console. Back when CDs were all the rage, Nintendo was in the market to develop a CD add on with Sony, which was not affiliated with games at the time. It wasn't to be, unfortunately, and there was a falling out between the two companies. Sony then decided to take its prototype, removed the SNES parts, and marketed it as its own console. Thus, the Playstation was born.

Most thought that the SNES Playstation was never actually made, until a functioning unit showed up last year. While it may be true that no games were ever produced for the doomed hardware, it nonetheless did exist. Interestingly enough, there's been a new development around this recently, where the ROM containing some diagnostic tools for the console was dumped online. Granted, it's nothing terribly exciting, but it's an important and obscure part of gaming history that the public was previously not privy to. Check out the footage:

What do you think? Would you have bought a SNES Playstation? Where do you think either company would be today if this went into mass production? Share your thought in the comments below.

[via retrocollect.com, youtube.com]