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How much would you pay for this Super Famicom prototype with a headphone jack?

Some other variations include a large red power button and the fact that the controller ports are on the left side of the console rather than in the middle like the later production model. There’s also what looks like the console’s expansion port on the front rather than on the bottom where it was housed in the final design. The panel around the controller ports looks yellowed – without that it wouldn’t be part of the SNES family, would it?

Here is a gallery of images from the auction:

Compare that to the final release:

And the terrible thing we experienced in the USA:

The SNES released in the US ditched these design touches, ending up with a chunky, boxy design with purple slide switches on the top instead of the round, slanted, compact design. Nintendo has released a remastered SNES that Super NES in a new styleIn 1997, this was a little closer, but with a pill-shaped power button and a circular reset button.

Another lost Nintendo prototype appeared a few years ago in the Nintendo/Sony PlayStation that Pets.com founder Greg McLemore launched bought at an auction – which also had a headphone jack. Two years earlier, there was an unreleased, wired version of the Wiimote that connected to the GameCube sold in a Japanese auction for $660. The Super Famicom prototype going up for auction today is valued at just over one million yen (just under $7,000) as of this writing, and there are still more than five days until the auction.

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