The Queen’s golden Wii may be a remarkable relic, but anyone who can afford the exorbitant price should probably turn it into a gaming PC. As retro gamers, enthusiasts and historians currently bid for the unique classic console of its kind on Goldin Auctions, choosing to turn it into a royal rig might just be enough to convince her majesty to accept the gold-plated Nintendo Gift.
Before trying to defend the idea of a golden Wii gaming computer, it’s probably worth explaining what the so-called “Royal Wii” really is. The single Nintendo console variant was commissioned by publisher THQ in 2009 to promote Big Family Games – an explicit short-burst shovelware compilation. According to the Goldin List, the company thought “the most important family in the land” should be honored with a copy, but decided it would have to be paired with an illustrious device to play it.
According to Goldin Auctions, the Palace’s strict gifting policies meant the Golden Wii was returned to THQ, and was eventually picked up by a collector after the publisher went bankrupt in 2012. So far, auctions for the console have stalled. amount to $3,250, which is more than you would pay for the best gaming PC.
So what does all of this have to do with the idea of a Golden Wii gaming PC mod? Well, I think Queen Elizabeth II is secretly a gamer, and she would like to increase fps and only play the best Steam games. The only problem is that a monster rig with the best graphics card probably wouldn’t mesh with Buckingham Palace’s overall aesthetic, which is why a stealth PC build is potentially the perfect solution.
The idea of turning a retro games console into an unassuming rig is anything but new, as modders have been cramming PC parts into antiquated shells for years. One of our favorite releases is this AMD Ryzen-powered Sega Dreamcast mini gaming PC, but the Nintendo Wii played in similar projects as far back as 2009.
In a thirteen-year-old video titled “The World’s First Wii PC Mod, A PC in a Wii Case,” YouTuber 911athome shows off what appears to be a Net PC hidden inside Nintendo’s console. A build like this makes sense, as lower-powered hardware is more likely to fit in the original Wii shell, but subsequent modders like FZERO have dared to install less antiquated parts, like 6GB of RAM, a Sandisk SSD and an i3 processor equipped with Intel HD Graphics.
As you’ve probably guessed, fitting parts into the shell of a mid-2000s family console isn’t easy. However, builds like the Dreamcast rig prove that it’s possible to fit a legitimate gaming PC into a smaller space, meaning a Royal Wii stealth rig isn’t just a pipe dream. The fact that AMD Ryzen 7000 APUs can boast Nvidia RTX 3060 levels of performance means we might even be able to turn Queen’s shiny console into something capable of ray tracing in the future.
Before retro enthusiasts get excited, it’s worth mentioning that I lack both the skills and the funds to make the Wii platform’s gold plans a reality. Naturally, I’d probably rather someone used a regular second-hand console instead, as this regal retro relic belongs in a museum.
However, I think this one-of-a-kind console should have abode-worthy hardware inside, rather than standard-definition shenanigans. Who knows, maybe Gabe Newell has already sent the monarch a gorgeous gold Steam Deck, pairing the portable powerhouse with a nice expensive tacky feel.