It’s become common knowledge that the PlayStation was born of an ill-fated deal between Nintendo and Sony to produce a CD accessory for the Super Nintendo. However, some more details have recently emerged that seem to cast some more light on events. In a Japanese interview with former Sony executive Shigeo Maruyama, it has become clear that we don’t know everything about the failed collaboration between the two companies. While we still don’t know the exact details of why the deal fell through, it is interesting to hear that something behind the scenes prevented Sony from suing Nintendo for breaking their agreement. Maruyama himself was not aware of the full details, but he seems to believe that Ken Kutaragi blew the whole story out of proportion to further his own ambitions. The mystery deepens the more we learn about the ill-fated collaboration!
Maruyama: I get the feeling something was going on behind the scenes. After all, there had to be a reason Sony wasn’t able to go after them. But back then I was just a software producer, so I didn’t understand everything that was going on.