The museum aims to be ready by 2024
Nintendo has money in the bank and a rich history. It’s a good combination! It’ll probably outlive us all. But in just a few years, you’ll be able to visit a new museum dedicated to it. Dedicated by…Nintendo themselves. And it’s in Japan. There’s a caveat, here. Everything cool is always in Japan.
Onto the museum: Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa just announced out of the blue that the company is planning a new project. It’s a museum in Ogura-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto, built via the remains of the Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant! The concept will serve as a “gallery to showcase the many products Nintendo has launched over its history.” Apparently the publisher has always thought about opening a museum, and just decided to do it after the opportunity arose from the space in the plant.
Here’s a quick blurb from Nintendo of how that all came about:
“The Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant was built in 1969, and was known as the “Uji Plant.” The name of the facility changed to “Uji Ogura Plant” in 1988, after the construction, extension and renovation of the current Uji Plant (Makishima-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto). The Uji Ogura Plant has been used to manufacture both playing cards and Hanafuda cards. It also operated as a customer service center for product repairs. Discussion of how to use the Uji Ogura Plant began after these functions were transferred to the current Uji Plant in November 2016.”
You can visit this thing “by the end of the 2023 fiscal year.” That’s set to end in March of 2024.