After the opening of the Super Nintendo World Park in Osaka, Japan last February, the Kyoto-based company is back with a new announcement that should delight fans. Nintendo plans to convert its factory in Uji Ogura into a veritable museum that will serve to display a wide variety of products that the company has brought to market throughout its history.
The Uji Ogura plant, called the “Uji Ogura Plant”, was not chosen at random. Established in 1969, the factory was mainly used for the production of playing cards and Hanafuda cards. As a reminder: Nintendo was founded in 1889 and was then still called the “Nintendo Playing Card Company”, Mario and his friends were still a long way from seeing the light of day.
Turn a mythical factory into a museum
In a statement, the company said: “Nintendo was discussing the possibility of building a gallery to share the history and philosophy of Nintendo’s product development with the public. To this end, the Nintendo Uji Ogura factory is being renovated to house the gallery, a decision made after considering Uji City’s plan to redevelop the area adjacent to Ogura Station.
According to Nintendo, this museum should be open to the public from 2023. The name “Nintendo Gallery” will be used for the time being, but nothing suggests that it will be the final name of the facility.
In addition to its historical significance, this factory is located in Kyoto Prefecture, just a stone’s throw from Nintendo headquarters. Kyoto attracts many tourists who can now visit the “Nintendo Gallery” in addition to the headquarters. Not to mention that Super Nintendo World Park is located in Osaka, a city near Kyoto.
Nintendo, which is planning to launch a Switch Pro in parallel with this announcement without delay. According to Bloomberg, the Kyoto-based company is slated to launch the Nintendo Switch Pro before E3, which starts June 12th.