Nintendo has announced that it will be opening a “Nintendo Gallery” museum in Japan by March 2024 that will give the company a way to showcase its product development history and philosophy to the public.
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa shared the news in a press release, revealing that its Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant (Ogura-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto) and the surrounding land will be used to create the tentatively named Nintendo Gallery. Inside, Nintendo’s historical products will be featured alongside exhibits, experiences, and much more. The project is expected to be completed in Nintendo’s 2023 Fiscal Year, which ends in March 2024.Perspective drawing of the tentatively named Nintendo Gallery (Image Credit: Nintendo)
The Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant was built in 1969 and was used to manufacture both playing cards and Hanafuda cards in addition to operating as a customer service center for product repairs.
Originally known as the Uji Plant, the name was changed to the Uji Ogura Plant in 1988 after “the construction, extension and renovation of the current Uji Plant (Makishima-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto).” After the Uji Ogura Plant’s functions were transferred to the current Uji Plant in November 2016, Nintendo began deciding how to best use the building and land. The answer would come to be the Nintendo Gallery.
Nintendo’s storied history began in 1889 and, since then, the company has sold more than five billion video games and over 790 million hardware units globally.
For more on Nintendo’s history, check out every Nintendo console redesigns, a look at Nintendo’s hardware from 1977 to now, the history of (almost) every Nintendo accessory ever, and our IGN Inside Story on the lie that helped build Nintendo.
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