Nintendo, after the theme park, there is also a celebratory museum

Nintendo, after the theme park, there is also a celebratory museum


On June 2, Nintendo released a statement on the company's Japanese official website to communicate to the public the decision to build a museum dedicated to the company's history in the coming years. A project that will see the light in Kyoto, more precisely in Ogura-cho, in the building that in recent years was reserved for the Uji Ogura plant. Here is the official press release:

Nintendo Co. is pleased to announce that its Nintendo Uji Ogura factory (Ogura-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto), and the land surrounding the building, will be transformed in a new gallery to show the many products that the company has launched throughout its history.

Nintendo has long discussed internally the possibility of building a museum that serves as a means to share the story, and the philosophy behind the development and creation of our company's products to the public. To that end, the Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant will be refurbished to house the new gallery, a decision made after considering Uji City's plan to redevelop the nearby Ogura Station area.

The Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant was built in 1969 and was known as the “Uji Plant”. The name of the facility changed to "Uji Ogura Plant" in 1988, after the construction, extension and renovation of the current Uji Plant (Makishima-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto). The Uji Ogura Plant was used to produce both playing cards and Hanafuda cards, and also served as a customer service center for product repairs. The discussion on how to use the Uji Ogura Plant began after these functions were transferred to the current Uji Plant in November 2016.

The structure, provisionally called "Nintendo Gallery", is expected to be completed by fiscal year 2023, which will end, as usual, in March 2024. We are really curious to find out more details about this project and understand if it will be a real museum designed to show the history of Nintendo and its famous icons or a project more focused on the history of hardware, starting precisely from the Hanafuda cards up to the most recent game consoles.

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Nintendo Announces Games-Only E3 Direct, Switch Pro Reveal Likely Soon

A 2019 Nintendo Switch Lite handheld video games console with a Gray finish, taken on November 7, ... [+] 2019. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

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There have been rumors that Nintendo would be announcing its new Switch Pro console ahead of E3 2021 in order for developers to be able to show off software for it during the show itself, and a new reveal seems to be in line with that idea.

Nintendo has announced a date and time for a 40 minute E3 2021 Direct presentation, Tuesday, June 15 and 12 PM ET. They’ve said it will be software only, and mostly for content releasing this year:

That leaves a period of about two weeks or so where Nintendo could debut the Switch Pro in a separate presentation ahead of E3, with the rumored system having more power, enough for 4K when docked, an improved handheld screen and possibly a higher price than the current Switch, which has not been discounted since its launch years ago, due to its capacity to sell out regardless.

Nintendo doesn’t exactly need a new console, given how well the Switch is continuously selling, but obviously this new version will sell out even more quickly, and I would expect it to be extremely hard to get if it does come out this fall.



As for the games that may be showcased for the Switch Pro at Nintendo’s E3 show, there are really only two anyone can talk about, more info about Breath of the Wild 2, and any info about Metroid Prime 4, a game that had its development restarted after it initially did not go well. Personally, I’m not expecting a Metroid update but yes, it does seem like it’s time to hear more from Breath of the Wild 2.

We are likely to see a mid-gen upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X as well as this console generation presses on, but it’s way, way too early for that, as those systems are barely half a year old, and still hard to find. 3-4 years from now is the bare minimum for when we’d see a PS5 Pro or Series Y or whatever it will end up being.

Nintendo rarely doesn’t deliver at E3, and even if they are running a completely different race than the horsepower-based, AAA blockbuster focus of Sony and Microsoft, they are still winning big in their own parallel lane. This will not be a show to miss, but I would also not be surprised if we saw the Switch Pro debut within the next week as well.

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