At the Nintendo Direct event, it was announced that Nintendo is building a gaming museum in Japan. Here are the details.
Nintendo Museum for video game preservation
The Japanese company first announced its plans to open a museum back in 2021. It has finally revealed more details regarding this project, which will aim to share its “product development history and philosophy with the public.” Nintendo’s latest move also seeks to deal with a major issue in the gaming industry: the preservation of video games.
Sinya Takahashi, the General Manager of the Entertainment Planning & Development Division of Nintendo, stated that Nintendo will open its own museum in Uji-city, Kyoto. Nintendo Direct kicked off on September 14, and the announcement showcased an aerial shot of the gallery that will house the new museum. The gaming museum will feature a wide variety of Nintendo products that showcase the company’s long history.
The construction of the building is expected to be completed by the end of March 2024. Recently, the brand relaunched a bunch of its older titles, releasing them on their latest console, the Nintendo Switch. This ensures the survival of classic games originally launched in retro console models like the NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64, and others.
So, having a whole museum that details the history of the company and its rich gaming portfolio is a step in the right direction. The project will ensure that a significant part of gaming history isn’t lost and will offer future generations a glimpse at the first footsteps of video games as a whole. Having a museum also keeps such classics alive, which also birthed the various genres of gaming.