Bidding has begun on the “Nintendo Play Station” prototype at Heritage Auctions. This extremely rare and valuable piece of gaming history will go to the highest bidder when the gavel falls on March 6. Read Kotaku’s previous story on the auction for more.

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This thing has always fascinated me because not only is it the physical manifestation of Nintendo’s biggest mistake, it’s probably the biggest mistake in videogame history with the possible exception of Atari turning down working with Nintendo to release the famicom in the U.S.

The entire history of videogames changes if this thing launched as planned.