Nintendo opens a gallery dedicated to company’s development and history
Tentatively named 'The Nintendo Museum', the facility is expected to be completed by 2024Europost
Thanks to an official Press Release over on Nintendo of Japan’s website, it’s been revealed that Nintendo is planning to open a museum for the public by March 2024. According to Nintendo President, Shuntaro Furukawa, “Uji Ogura Plant (Ogura-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto) and the land surrounding the building will be used as a new gallery to showcase the many products Nintendo has launched over its history”.
What’s interesting is that the building was originally built in 1969 and was used to manufacture both playing cards and Nintendo’s own famous Hanafuda cards, so the site has deep-rooted Nintendo history as it is; a perfect place to properly showcase the company’s development over the years and an absolute must-visit space for any fan who’s lucky enough to travel to Japan.
Folk won’t have to wait too long as Nintendo seem confident that the project will be completed in the near future.
“The facility, tentatively named “Nintendo Gallery”, where Nintendo’s historical products will be showcased, and exhibits and experiences will be available, is expected to be completed within our 2023 Fiscal Year, which ends in March 2024,” the company's statement reads.
It is a great decision since with Nintendo’s longevity in the video game business alone, it’s easy to forget that the company not only predates gaming, but household electricity in most parts of the world, having been established in 1889 as a playing card company. It would be quite a while before the advent of home consoles, so instead the company steadily grew in the analog game market by producing the famous hanafuda cards.
By offering outsiders a look at how the company operated over the years, Nintendo is also hoping to give back to the local community by drumming up some much needed tourism in the area around nearby Kintetsu Ogura Station.