We often break news of acquisitions by game companies, but it’s rarely something so… simple: Nintendo has bought land from the city of Kyoto in order to build a second headquarters building slated for completion by December 2027. The company’s first headquarters are, of course, already located in Kyoto, and this new location is adjacent to the first in Minami Ward.
The land formerly belonged to “Foundation Support Factory” and a “Material and Disaster Prevention Center,” but was acquired in December of last year by the city proper. Nintendo won the land with a bid of ¥5 billion (~$40 million USD) and already has a mockup of the building, which looks quite like their first:
pic of Nintendo's "Corporate Headquarters Development Center, Building No. 2" to be completed in December 2027.
"Along with the R&D investments and capital investments, Nintendo believes acquiring and utilizing this land will carry an important role on reinforcing its R&D." pic.twitter.com/rL9Vdavlq2
— Wario64 (@Wario64) April 12, 2022
Nintendo acquired the land because it offers an “important role in reinforcing its R&D,” which is a blanket statement that could mean just about anything. Either way, the company is presumably expanding operations in some way moving forward, though we’re still over five years away from seeing the building completed. We’ll have to see any other steps it might take in the interim.
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