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The TDEV is normaly brown but that was usually not good for displaying it in pubic.
This indigo version was most likely used for tradeshows to avoid questions why the Gamecube is brown.
Yeah, well.. Nintendo is good st being amusingThe original colors were just Nintendo being amusing - the NPDP-reader was intended for development and was red (for Mario) and the NR-reader was for testing and was green (for Luigi). Developers quickly noticed that the distinctive color of the NR-Reader sometimes resulted in them being stolen at shows (the same thing happened with the debug PlayStations) - so it became common for people to swap the NR-reader drive into a retail cube for camouflage purposes when they were doing public demos.
Later on, Nintendo would start supplying retail looking NR-Readers on special request, but most of them were just converted by the developers.
The same approach carried on with the Wii - except in that case the white version of the RVT-R (wireless) that could pass for a retail was available pretty much from day 1.