Anyone remember that time, a quarter of a century ago, when the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive were the height of technological entertainment development? Well, being an old git, I do.
After a couple of years, both companies decided that optical storage was the future, that CD-ROM could carry far more data and thus allow for better graphics and longer gameplay. Thus was born the Mega-CD from Sega, a 16-bit CD-based add-on for the Mega Drive that I hankered after despite its awful digitised graphics and phenomenal price tag.
Not to be left behind, Nintendo planned its own CD-based add-on for the SNES.
And this is where reality normally states that the company approached Phillips, with a view to adopting their CD-i technology for a far better resolution than the digitised graphics Sega were forced to use. This agreement rapidly fell apart, but led to three legendarily awful Zelda games for the Phillips CD-i console/home entertainment system after the two companies parted ways and not a lot else. Scuttlebutt maintains, however, that Nintendo had tried to join forces with Sony, who had got really excited about the whole thing and made an announcement that they were working together. And then Nintendo changed its mind, leaving Sony to develop the legendary PlayStation 1 out of sheer spite.
But! A user on Imgur by the user name of DanDiebold has posted some photos of what appears to be a SNES with a built-in CD-ROM drive from an early 90s PC, labelled up with Sony and PlayStation logos. In the tradition of seventeenth hand stories, he had this to say:
“My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work with, I think his name was Olaf, used to work at Nintendo and when my dad’s company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of ‘junk’ he was supposed to throw out.”
Well, have a look. Reach your own conclusions. Personally I detect the faint aroma of bovine excreta…