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Queen had a secret Wii bowling talent and gifted Nintendo with 24k gold

There are many priceless items belonging to the royal family, but one that stands out above all others: a 24k gold Nintendo Wii.

It turns out the late queen, who died last week aged 96, was not only obsessed with her corgis but was also a secret gamer.

The monarch shared a love of the Nintendo Wii with her grandson Prince William, sources told Der Spiegel, and was given the gold Nintendo game console as a commemorative gift.

Palace sources said the Queen particularly enjoyed bowling on the popular console after watching William play it after lunch at Sandringham House.

“She thought Nintendo looked incredibly funny and asked to be involved,” the source recalled. “She played a simple game of 10-pin bowling and was by all appearances a natural. It was funny.

“William had fits of laughter,” the source told The Mirror. “He was hugely impressed to have such a cool grandma.”

The working console is made of 24 carat gold.
The working console is made of 24 carat gold.
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The solid gold console was a gift from video game company THQ as part of their BIG Family Games promotion, with product manager Danielle Robinson telling CBS News in 2009, “Big Family Games is the ultimate Wii game for getting all the family members from grandparents.” for small children to play together.

“But we figured Her Majesty the Queen wouldn’t want to play on just any old console, so a very special gold one was commissioned,” Robinson added at the time. “We hope she and the rest of the royal family enjoy the game!”

However, the gold gaming console eventually ended up on eBay for $300,000 because the correspondence team could not pass “unsolicited gifts” to the Queen for security reasons, according to Buckingham Palace’s website.

The Nintendo was made for Queen Elizabeth in 2009.
The Nintendo was made for Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.
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The console ended up in the hands of IT admin Donny Fillerup, who bought it back in 2017 for an undisclosed amount after THQ went out of business in 2013.

Fillerup said he wanted to get rid of the gold Nintendo and listed it on eBay with a starting bid of $300,000. The listing read “24 Karat Golden Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth the 2nd” and came with a game – “Big Family Games” – and a Wii Remote.

The description said the item might show signs of “cosmetic wear” but assured the prospective buyer that the system was “fully functional and working as intended”.

Elizabeth was a queen of many talents.
Elizabeth was a queen of many talents.
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“I have documents and emails of his possible authentication,” he continued. “All documentation is framed.”

Fillerup previously told the publication his family was never “financially healthy,” so he decided to sell the console, even though he didn’t want to.


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“I was always curious how much someone could give for it,” he admitted. “I’m the guy [of person] who is so attached to things that I have a hard time letting go, so selling the Wii will help me in that regard too.”

Fillerup said a friend at Nintendo told him to try to sell it at such a high price that no one would buy it and suggested bidding start at $500,000.

“I want to be sensible when I buy an apartment, and $300,000 is the price I came up with,” he argued at the time. “I don’t need more and that also gives more people the opportunity to buy it.”

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Emma Bowman

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