What is the proposed Nintendo Gallery?
In an open letter released by Nintendo of Japan yesterday, the Representative Director and President: Shuntaro Furukawa has announced that one of its factories and the land surrounding it in Kyoto will be used for a gallery to “showcase the many products Nintendo has launched over its history.”
The factory has had a long history with the company and was built in 1969 to expand Nintendo’s reach into the emerging home video game and console industry. Initially, it was used to manufacture playing cards, Hanafuda cards and classic tabletop games which the company was involved in previously.
Nintendo had been discussing the possibility of building a gallery, to showcase Nintendo’s product development history and philosophy with the public. Using the plant to facilitate this seems like a great way to preserve the cultural history of the building while being able to share it with the fans and the public.
In the release’s own words, it is “tentatively named (the) Nintendo Gallery”, where historical Nintendo products will be shown. This will include exhibits and experiences and is expected to be completed by 2024.