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By Daniel Diebold
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        The world was amazed when they saw the first headline that read, "Man Finds Rare Nintendo Playstation Prototype."  Ever since I first posted pictures and videos online of a once in a lifetime discovery, everyone keeps asking for more information on the mysterious console.  

The "Nintendo Playstation", first appeared on Dan Diebold's Youtube video, which accumulated over 1.2 million views to date.
The "Nintendo Playstation", first appeared on Dan Diebold's Youtube video, which accumulated over 1.2 million views to date.

      My father Terry and I have recently traveled to Hong Kong to participate in the first retro gaming fair in town.  With the help of our good friend Dixon Wu, who pretty much did everything (Thanks man!), it was a tremendous success. Tons of people came out to the event.  There were over 50 rare consoles on display, there was a lot of game trading, awesome pixel art and even some Bomberman and Street Fighter competitions.  Everybody who talked to us seemed to have the same question though, "What is next for the console?"  

The "Nintendo Playstation" shown to the public for the first time in "RETRO.HK" at the Central Hong Kong HMV Store. (Left: Terry Diebold | Right: Dan Diebold)
The "Nintendo Playstation" shown to the public for the first time in "RETRO.HK" at the Central Hong Kong HMV Store. (Left: Terry Diebold | Right: Dan Diebold)

         We love the idea of traveling the world with the prototype, but after this last event, we realized that it might be pretty difficult to pull that off and here are the reasons why.  For starters, we would never want to charge anyone to see the console, and all the money we have spent on this trip (aside from the generous sponsorship by HMV to take care of our tickets, accommodations and the RETRO.HK venue) has been out of our pockets.   We can only do that for so long.  Secondly, we've been gone for almost two months and not seeing our family and friends has taken a toll on us. 

Terry & Dan Diebold being interviewed by Richard Lai of Engadget. (Image source: Engadget)
Terry & Dan Diebold being interviewed by Richard Lai of Engadget. (Image source: Engadget)

       We were trying to think of some ideas that would be more realistic.  A lot of people mentioned the idea of making a book.  At first we thought, "There is no way we could make a book, we wouldn't even know where to start."  But after we thought about it for a while and wrote down some ideas, it all seemed to kind of fall into place.  Our friend Dixon (who invited us to come to Hong Kong in the first place) just so happens to run a media company and has some great relationships with some local Hong Kong printing companies.  We checked out a couple different places, but ultimately decided to go with Regal Printing.  They have won many awards and do some of the best printing work in the world.  We met with them, tossed around a couple of ideas and now we think we're ready to finish the book and get it printed.  We almost have the entire contents of the book, but there are still a couple more things we would like to add that won't be possible without funding.

Dan in Regal Printing, Hong Kong
Dan in Regal Printing, Hong Kong
Regal Printing's friendly staff explaining the whole process
Regal Printing's friendly staff explaining the whole process

         As many of you know from reading the articles online, the console is not working in its entirety.  The disc drive does not seem to be functional and we believe it might have been disabled.  Hopefully, by finding some people that worked on the project and conducting some interviews, we might be able to get some light shed on the situation, and eventually get it working.  We feel like the book will be incomplete without some closure on the situation and if we can get it working, it would be the perfect ending.  

A dozen of extra soldered wires were found when the unit was opened, especially in the "CD-ROM" region of the board. Were they added to disable the CD-ROM?
A dozen of extra soldered wires were found when the unit was opened, especially in the "CD-ROM" region of the board. Were they added to disable the CD-ROM?

         So far, the book will include the following: 

  • The complete history of the prototype and the story behind the partnership between the two gaming giants.  
  • The technical drawings and specifications that are associated with the patent files 
  • High resolution images of the step by step disassembly will answer any questions you have ever had on the power and capabilities of the console.  
  • X-rays images of the console, because well, they look awesome.  
  • We would travel to Japan and interview some of the people who worked on the project or anyone who was associated with the project in anyway. (If we get over $40k funding, which will be enough to cover all travel and accommodation, editor and translation, etc)   
High-res images in every angle possible.
High-res images in every angle possible.
Complete teardown of the unit, on beautiful print!
Complete teardown of the unit, on beautiful print!
Close-up shots of every component inside
Close-up shots of every component inside
Dozens of technical drawings, completely "remastered" & redrawn.
Dozens of technical drawings, completely "remastered" & redrawn.
Super high-res X-ray images of the unit, controller and debug OS cartridge!
Super high-res X-ray images of the unit, controller and debug OS cartridge!
Never before seen! For the first time ever, complete 3D renderings of what the "Nintendo Playstation" would have looked like out of the box!
Never before seen! For the first time ever, complete 3D renderings of what the "Nintendo Playstation" would have looked like out of the box!

This book would not only be perfect for any gamers library and great for anybody thats into the home brew scene, hopefully it could also help us get the console completely working again, but we need your help with that part.

For a book that's so amazing and beautiful, you CAN judge it by its cover! (Mockup design, still subject to changes)
For a book that's so amazing and beautiful, you CAN judge it by its cover! (Mockup design, still subject to changes)

Please kindly pledge and make it happen together! It's all in your hands now!

All rewards here are Kickstarter exclusive! Don't miss this chance to get these very limited goodies!

Here's a table showing what you get for each reward.
Here's a table showing what you get for each reward.
For $9 USD, you will have your name in "Special Thanks" of the website & all social media pages.
For $9 USD, you will have your name in "Special Thanks" of the website & all social media pages.
For $29 USD, you will have your name in "Special Thanks" of the website, all social media pages and the book itself. You will also get a digital copy of the book.
For $29 USD, you will have your name in "Special Thanks" of the website, all social media pages and the book itself. You will also get a digital copy of the book.
For $44 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #02, as well as a limited run coffee mug.
For $44 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #02, as well as a limited run coffee mug.
For $49 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #02, as well as a limited run T-Shirt.
For $49 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #02, as well as a limited run T-Shirt.
For $79 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #02, and the physical copy of the hardcover book.
For $79 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #02, and the physical copy of the hardcover book.
For $119 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #03, #04 & #05.
For $119 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #03, #04 & #05.
For $139 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #05, as well as the limited print "X-RAY" poster.
For $139 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #05, as well as the limited print "X-RAY" poster.
For $139 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #05, as well as the limited print "TEARDOWN" poster.
For $139 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #05, as well as the limited print "TEARDOWN" poster.
For $299 USD, you will receive everything in Rewards #06, #07 & #08.
For $299 USD, you will receive everything in Rewards #06, #07 & #08.
For $499 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #09. You also get to put your name or brand logo on the transport case of the "Nintendo Playstation" prototype. Get exposed to gamers and media worldwide when it travels!
For $499 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #09. You also get to put your name or brand logo on the transport case of the "Nintendo Playstation" prototype. Get exposed to gamers and media worldwide when it travels!
For $899 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #10. You also have the opportunity to hang out with the owners and their prototype in Denver! You also get 1 entire page of yourself and the prototype in the book!!
For $899 USD, you will receive everything in Reward #10. You also have the opportunity to hang out with the owners and their prototype in Denver! You also get 1 entire page of yourself and the prototype in the book!!

We wouldn't have gone this far without the help and support of:

Mr. Dixon Wu & the RETRO.HK team, Regal Printing, HMV Hong Kong, HKGolden, Mr. Richard Lai & Engadget, Restart Workshop, Mr. T.M.Ma & Perfect Denki, arkru, Analogue, Gary So, James Wong, and all the media friends such as Hypebeast, Milk Magazine, Goodest Magazine, G-ZONE magazine, PCM, Gamestation Magazine, Metro Daily HK, to name a few.

Risks and challenges

The only challenge I believe that we will face, is raising the funds. Our partners have a ton of experience in the field of printing and so far the project has gone well, according to plan.

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