Death of Elizabeth II: The Incredible Story of Her Solid Gold Nintendo Wii

Death of Elizabeth II: The Incredible Story of Her Solid Gold Nintendo Wii

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Impossible to miss the news. This Thursday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m., we learned of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, aged 96. “Ma’am” passed away “peacefully” at her home in Balmoral, Scotland. She leaves behind 70 years of reign and a whole host of anecdotes that have made her a true icon of pop culture. Did you know, for example, that she liked to play the Wii?

bowling queen

A straight, exemplary queen, but also a slightly “rocky” queen with an offset at the edges. Yes, Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday September 8, was all that at once. Forget your preconceived ideas about the royal family and tell yourself that the sovereign loved technology and even… video games.

The anecdote dates back to January 2008. The British media “People” then shared a article with an evocative title, “Place à la Q-Wii-N”. The monarch – during a family Christmas – had not missed the Nintendo machine unpacked by her grandson, Prince William. “She thought the Wii looked great fun and begged to try it” reports a source to People. “William had peals of laughter. He was impressed to have such a cool grandmother”. At the time, 81 years old, Elizabeth II would have shown quite remarkable coordination on bowling games. Another source claims she was showing “all the signs of a Wii addiction”.

Wii Sports – Bowling (Nintendo, 2006)

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God save the THQ-ueen

Surprised ? Even in 2008, the queen was known to love gadgets. The website Wired reminds him. In 2001, she received her first mobile phone, which she changed regularly to stay up-to-date, and bought herself an iPod with a capacity of 100,000 songs a little later. The story of the “Q-Wii-N” therefore suits Elizabeth well. But it’s mostly the rest of the story that’s crazy.

Having no doubt heard of the monarch’s affect for Nintendo, the publisher THQ – now defunct – offers itself a publicity gesture like no other: send a copy of its new game Big Family Games at Buckingham Palace accompanied by a 24 carat gold wii. “Big Family Games is the ultimate family game, able to bring all generations together (…) With the Royal Family being the most important family in the UK – we thought they had to have a copy Game” Explain THQ, in 2009. “But we figured Her Majesty The Queen wouldn’t want to play on any old console we ordered a special one.” The game did not mark its time – and the precious Wii never arrived safely.

The golden Wii offered by THQ to Queen Elizabeth II & Big Family Games

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You can imagine, it must not be easy to send a colissimo to Queen Elizabeth. Due to Politics very strict of Buckingham in terms of gifts, the Wii in gold did not pass the threshold of the palace. The machine then returned to the THQ offices, in secret. She will meet another fate, precipitated by the closure of the publisher in the early 2010s.

Who wants to buy the golden Wii?

As in Lord of the Rings, the unique Wii passes from hand to hand until arriving in those of a certain Donny Fillerup, fervent collector behind the site “consolevariations.com”. “In 2017, I had the chance to buy this Wii. However, I kept it very discreet for two years. Then in 2019, the producers of “People Make Games” did some research and concluded an interview with me about the golden Wii. The news of the discovery of this famous lost console caused a massive reaction in the media” recount Donny, online.

From the very mouth of the happy owner, his family does not run on gold, money has always been “necessary”. Two years after the People Make Games video, he opts for a radical choice: sell his treasure on eBay for $300,000. Bad luck, despite some 700 offers, the site canceled the sale. Its terms of use are stricter than before, requiring a track record for such a rare batch. Donny must therefore turn to the auction house Goldin.

The golden Wii offered by THQ to Queen Elizabeth II, at Goldin

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So, has the Queen’s Golden Wii skyrocketed the prices? Not really. Final score after the May 2022 sale: $36,000. An almost derisory sum when you know the unique character of the object and its fate, to say the least, unfortunate. Now you know that Elizabeth II’s jewels contain, beyond her crown, a very special Wii. “God saves the queen”.

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