Despite the gaming industry's relatively young age, it's interesting that much of its history is subject ot permanent loss. As standards have changed over the years, many games, advertisements, prototypes, and so on, have been lost due to poor efforts to future proof them. A great example of this can be found in the recent preservation of a handful of Satellaview Kirby games that had been previously thought to be gone forever. Now, somebody has finally managed to find the very first advertisement for what would eventually become the NES.

An archivist named Frank Cifaldi managed to find an ancient Consumer Electronics catalogue on eBay for seven bucks a few days ago, after a five year search. Inside, there was an ad for the Advanced Video System, the first prototype of the Western NES, which was going to utilize wireless controllers. Fortunately, this device has properly managed to withstand the test of time, and it is now on display in the Nintendo World Store in New York.

What do you think? Have you ever seen an AVS in person? What are some games that you think have been lost for good? Drop us a comment in the section below.

[via kotaku.com]