In addition to the usual models that are mass-produced and distributed, there are always limited deviations among consoles. These include, for example, special collector’s editions or variants that have unusual defects or design errors, among other things. Due to their rarity, such versions are often of enormous value. But then there are also console models that are not intended for customer hands at all, but end up in such hands from time to time.
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A Gamecube from Nintendo, which is said to be 23 years old – i.e. existed before the official release – and has now been photographed on Twitter, should also be classified in this category. Responsible for this is the Twitter channel “Consolevariations”, which also has its own website. This serves as the “ultimate console database” in which interested parties can click through the various variants of consoles, ranging from the widespread to the extremely rare.
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This newly emerged model of the Gamecube is 23 years old because it is said to be an exhibition model presented at Space World 2000 in Japan. At that time, the Nintendo Gamecube is said to have been presented to the public for the first time. The console was officially released in Japan in September 2001, followed two months later in the USA, until it hit Europe 21 years ago these days. The exhibition model is mainly similar to the final release on the outside, because logically it shouldn’t be really ready for use.
Nintendo is said to have only produced five models in different colors
What significantly increases the value of this display model of the Gamecube, which was developed only for Nintendo itself, is the fact that it is the only console of its kind. According to Consolevariations, five of these exhibition models were produced in total, but each in a different color – indigo, black, gold, silver and pink. At an auction, this particular console would therefore probably fetch an enormously high price in relation to an ordinary Gamecube. Because there are almost certainly ambitious collectors who absolutely want to call this model their own.
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Of course, finds of this kind do not only occur with consoles, but also with games. A few months ago, for example, a Reddit user shared a photo of the Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Edition as the Gamecube version. The owner claims to have discovered this in his closet. The Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Edition was originally only released for the Gameboy Advance, but as a spin-off it also made it to the Gamecube in Japan, North America and certain parts of Europe. However, the game was only available in the US at the time through the New York Pokémon Center, which ultimately makes it a rarity.
Those: Consolevariations via Gamerant