Nintendo’s Representative Director and President, Shuntaro Furukawa, has announced that the company is turning an old facility into a “Nintendo Gallery”. The Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant is located in Ogura-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto. The company plans to turn this building and the surrounding land into a museum showcasing its history. The project’s tentative name is simply “Nintendo Gallery”. They expect the project to be completed by March 2024. The above image is a render of what the finished building may look like.
Built in 1969, the Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant was known back then as the “Uji Plant”. However, Nintendo changed the name in 1988, after the plant got major renovations. It formerly produced both playing cards and Hanafuda cards. The building later became a customer service center for repairing products. Nintendo moved the work done there to the current Uji Plant in 2016. Since then, the company has been considering what to do with the old, unused building.
The aim of the upcoming “Nintendo Gallery” is to share both Nintendo’s long history and its design philosophy. The City of Uji is planning to re-develop Ogura Station. In light of this, Nintendo decided to embark on this new project and renovate its old building near the station.
The company started out making Hanafuda cards in 1889. Hanafuda is a traditional Japanese playing card game. It would later move into the growing video games industry. Since then, it has created a vast library of products and titles. The upcoming “Nintendo Gallery” will display many of them. It’s been a long road that led Nintendo to where it is today. However, many fans are more focused on the company’s future. After all, E3 2021 is very close now.