Nintendo has announced plans to create a public gallery that will “showcase the many products Nintendo has launched over its history.” The company’s factory in the Ogura district of Uji will be used for the gallery.
The announcement comes in the midst of Nintendo Switch Pro rumours that have been constantly circulating for some time now. The showcase gallery was revealed on Nintendo’s official website, where plans for renovation have been confirmed.
The decision was taken in part of The City of Uji’s plan of re-developing 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 has been used to manufacture both playing cards and Hanafuda cards, and it also operated as a customer service center for product repairs. Discussion of how to use the Uji Ogura Plant began after these functions were transferred to the current Uji Plant in November 2016.
The gallery showcase is currently tentatively named “Nintendo Gallery,” and will display Nintendo’s products in its history as a company, with “exhibits and experiences” available.
No other details have been given, but it’s safe to assume that we will see all of their consoles and many of their iconic and important games in their history. We can even expect to see products related to Nintendo’s origins as a producer and distributer of hanafuda, 14 a Japanese variety of cards.
We can also likely expect them to not showcase the infamous The Legend of Zelda CD-i games.
There are no hard dates set for the completion and opening of the gallery, but it is expected to be completed before March 2024, during the 2023 Fiscal Year.