Nintendo fans will be able to wander through its long history in a new dedicated museum/gallery set to open in Japan.
On Wednesday, the gaming company announced that its Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant in Kyoto and the surrounding grounds will be repurposed for a gallery space to exhibit Nintendo products launched over the years.
Named “Nintendo Gallery” for now, the space will showcase the company’s products across its long history — this could be anything from its beginnings in 1889 to the present, from accessories to consoles. According to the company’s press release, visitors can expect exhibits and “experiences,” and that’s all you get for now.
Nintendo’s first ever HQ is located in Kyoto, so the site’s location makes sense from a historical perspective. The Uji Plant itself, which was built in 1969 and renovated in the late ’80s, was being used to produce hanafuda cards and for product repairs.
Nintendo Gallery is expected to be completed in March 2024.
The news comes mere months after the much-anticipated opening of Super Nintendo World in Osaka, which swung wide its dungeon doors at Universal Studios Japan on March 18, 2021. Among Mario and Yoshi-themed rides and interactive experiences enabled by Power Up wristbands, the park features the world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride.
We’re pretty sure the Nintendo Gallery will be a slightly more subdued museum experience than an AR-powered rollercoaster, but this is Nintendo, so it will probably be quite a fun, interactive stroll through gaming history when it opens.