N64 Console/Controller Prototypes Newly Discovered!!

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4:18 PM - Apr 18, 2017 #1

I was extremely lucky recently and was given the opportunity to purchase not one but 5 prototype N64 Consoles as well as 5 prototype N64 Controllers from an ex-Nintendo employee friend of mine in Germany (who will remain anonymous). As this is such an amazing community full of passionate collectors I thought it was only right these items were shared here first!

It’s probably best if I give provide the back story on why these prototypes were made and where they came from. The prototype consoles, as well as the Clear White/Atomic Purple console you have all seen, originally came from Nintendo of Europe, based in Germany. Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America are allowed to operate freely and try new things with all final decisions made by Nintendo Company Limited based in Japan (at least this was the case at the time). NoE created these prototypes as part of a colour survey before the Funtastic range was released. The marketing department conducted the survey and the colours that were deemed to work best together, as a set, became the Funstastic series we know and love today. As these prototypes are fully working (I’ve tested them all) they weren’t immediately destroyed but instead were used in the marketing department as ‘working’ consoles and used to take screen shots, test games, etc. and just generally used for day to day work. Towards the end of the N64 lifespan this marketing team was absorbed by another department and at that time the prototypes were either destroyed or in some cases, like this, saved by the employees who used to work on them! This is really interesting as my friend doesn’t know the numbers that were originally made or how many were saved in total (Not many though). My friend knew of the Clear White/Atomic Purple and also knows of 2 other consoles that were definitely saved; the Clear White and also Clear Milky Blue to go with the controllers I purchased.

Warning: Teaser Photo 8)



How can you tell they're prototypes?

Well firstly you can tell because the colours are all different to the known variants that are out there (see further down for all the pictures). Secondly, all the prototypes that were released have Grey game cartridge flaps on the consoles. The consoles also do not have any tags/serial numbers on the underside as they were not production consoles. I have closely examined the consoles and pads and apart from this they are identical in shape and features to the production consoles. The Controllers are also identical to their production counterparts except for the Plug end pieces which are all Grey, except for the Clear White which has an Atomic Purple plug. This again is obviously because they were for a colour survey and there was no need to spend money to create matching end pieces.

How has all this come about?

I first met my friend (the original owner) over a year ago when I purchased a Majoras Mask Adventure set from them. At the time they sent me the below picture of a box full of N64 consoles. I didn’t think anything of it back then as I just focused on the consoles which looked familiar and completely over-looked the others (the obvious Clear Pink and Clear Ocean Blue!)



About a month ago my friend told me they would be selling more of their Nintendo items and would I be interested. My interest spiked immediately and to begin with I bought a Minish Cap and Orcacle of Ages/Seasons Adventure Set as well as a Mint Virtual boy console (not trying to brag, I want people to understand that they had some amazing items). They also sent some promotional items with everything I bought. This is when they again bought up the consoles and sent me the exact same photo as before….this time I noticed the blue and pink consoles! I asked for some further pictures (see below) to start with and it just went from there.

Can you spot the prototype controllers? :yeah:


Before they were cleaned! They were clearly put to hard work back in the day!


In the first package that came through I received the Clear Ocean Blue console with matching pad, as well as the Clear White and Clear Milky Blue Controllers. I took this pic of them all together with the Grape Purple to compare to.



I knew at this point that I had something special and so contacted my friend to thank them and buy the remaining four consoles, 1 with matching controller. Amazingly they contacted me again today to let me know they had found the Red controller to go with the Red Prototype console and that is now on its way so I can complete the set!! This brings us to today when the remaining consoles and pads finally arrived and I can now share with all of you. Enjoy the Photos :D :D :D :D

Everything together!!


Atomic Purple/Pink Console with Production controller (for reference) :omg:


Clear Ocean Blue (My Favourite)!!


For the Dark Green and Deep Red consoles you'll notice how they are less transparent than the Production released Watermelon Red and Jungle Green consoles. The green is very obvious in the pictures. The Red is also obvious as there is no pink tinge to the consoles, it is just a deep red.

Clear Deep Grass Green!!


Clear Deep Red!!


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4:28 PM - Apr 18, 2017 #2

This is absolutely incredible Dave and will totally reshape the N64 community. I am so pleased that you have these and they honestly couldn't have gone to a better home. Some of these colours including the ocean blue and clear are simply amazing.

For so long collectors thought there was perhaps only one prototype left out there, now in a collector's hands, who is unknown and not providing pictures for it to be shown in all its glory. Now you have a large batch of them and have shared them to the world which is brilliant. It's amazing how 20 years on there are still amazing finds like this. A real sight for sore eyes these are. Great story behind them as well which is what makes the find all the more impressive.

Awesome find and I look forward to tracking this thread to see all the comments that follow.




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6:20 PM - Apr 18, 2017 #3

:omg: Boy Oh boy!!

Word around the grapevine was that you were up to something big, but i had no idea it was this big!

The "milky blue" controller is the first thing that strikes me. It turns out that this color scheme was actually used for the japanese Ice Blue Gameboy Color!


The more i look at the rest of these prototype colors, the more i see matching similarities from Game Boy COLOR lines from japan. This detail would certainly lend itself to Nintendo's 'chain of command' as you described above.

This is truly amazing!!
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7:12 PM - Apr 18, 2017 #4

holy molly ! gonna stop there because i'll say bad words. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8:28 PM - Apr 18, 2017 #5

Game changer!!!
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9:54 PM - Apr 18, 2017 #6

Mind. Blown.

You have a veritable gold mine there my friend. Made better by the fact that you probably paid no where near what the market would drive prices to on those. Atomic Purplewas always one of my favorite colors and that console is just the berries man.

I would love to see more pictures of all sides of everything just to take it all in if you have time in the future.

Btw is the red controller deep red or the regular watermelon?. It's hard to tell the difference with that color
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10:10 PM - Apr 18, 2017 #7

This is one incredible read man! Thank you alot for showing this to us

absolutely stunning
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10:32 PM - Apr 18, 2017 #8

TofuJunky87 wrote:Mind. Blown.

You have a veritable gold mine there my friend. Made better by the fact that you probably paid no where near what the market would drive prices to on those. Atomic Purplewas always one of my favorite colors and that console is just the berries man.

I would love to see more pictures of all sides of everything just to take it all in if you have time in the future.

Btw is the red controller deep red or the regular watermelon?. It's hard to tell the difference with that color
Thanks mate! Yeh the Atomic purple console is very special! I've taken a few more pictures of it actually and will upload them soon!

The red controller in this photograph is the regular Watermelon. It is harder to see the difference but the first give-away is the lightness, the 2nd the transparency. The seller didn't know they actually still had the controller for the red console and I got a surprise message today to tell me it was in a different box and that it was on it's way which is really nice of them. When it arrives I'll take more comparison pictures.
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12:04 AM - Apr 19, 2017 #9

This is so wonderful. I've been waiting for a new bump in this community and INCREDIBLE finds like this are what always keep me coming back to this site <3
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4:04 AM - Apr 19, 2017 #10

Holy crap that is awesome!!!
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