While there are several destinations to celebrate Nintendo’s characters in Japan, there hasn’t been a place to visit in the interest of the company’s history itself. Speaking personally, I’ve walked my way to the company’s headquarters in Kyoto, and guess what – it’s a fairly plain building, and I didn’t get inside. It sounds like this is something Nintendo themselves have considered, as they’ve announced their plans to open a public gallery.
This museum-like space will be housed in the converted Uji Ogura Plant, a building originally dedicated to the manufacturing of Hanafuda and playing cards. Since then it’s been a customer service center, dedicated to hardware repairs, but sometime in the future it’ll instead be a place for visitors to take in the “product development history and philosophy” of Nintendo.
The facility-to-be is, tentatively, titled “Nintendo Gallery” and will offer both exhibits and experiences for guests. No firm release date was given, and the above concept art of the area is all we have to go off of. Expectations place completion at the end of fiscal year 2023, so before the end of March 2024.