The guy who founded Pets.com paid $360,000 for that super rare Nintendo PlayStation Super NES CD-ROM Prototype

By Emily Gera
8 March 2020 18:02 GMT

The founder of Pets.com has been revealed as the auction winner for that rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype.

Greg McLemore, who founded the pet site back in the ’90s before it was bought out by Amazon, paid a hefty $360,000 to own an extremely rare Nintendo PlayStation console prototype.

“I’m interested in sharing my passion for gaming,” McLemore said in an interview with Forbes today. “One of my areas of focus is the evolution of gaming, including how earlier arcade games inspired video games and how early video games influenced later innovation. I believe the Nintendo PlayStation fits in well with this focus.”

“I’m looking to not have this machine just buried in a closet somewhere,” he says of his prchase. McLemore, who is now running an online gaming encyclopedia called Arcade Museum, now wants to take his collection of over 800 coin-operated systems and gaming memorabilia build a permanent museum.

Amazon purchased a 50 percent stake in Pets.com in 1999, before the site went out of business a year later in the dot-com bubble burst.

Developed in a joint effort by Sony and Nintendo around 1992, this was the last remaining prototype of the alleged 200 created – The others were either lost or destroyed. The prototype features a slot for Super Famicom and Super Nintendo games and a CD-ROM drive which was meant to play discs. While the drive was not working when it was found in 2009, it has been repaired and can play music discs.

Many expected the device to sell for quite a bit more, especially since the owner was offered $1.2 million for it at one point.

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