Nintendo’s original headquarters reopens as a hotel


If you’re looking to visit Super Nintendo World when the pandemic takes hold, you’ll soon be able to book accommodation for your trip to Japan at Nintendo’s former headquarters just a short train ride away as well.

Located in Kyoto, the new Marufukuro hotel is established in the very building where Nintendo was founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. In 1933, the company changed its name from Nintendo Koppai to Yamauchi Nintendo, shifting its main business from producing Japanese playing cards to Western playing cards before finally switching to the video company we all love.

As its business grew, Nintendo set up its own distribution company named Marufuku, from which the name of the current hotel is taken. The “ro” at the end, according to Sora News 24, denotes an expensive mansion or building. By 1959, the company had outgrown its Kyoto location and moved into a bigger space with the name change to Nintendo Playing Card Company. The current premises have since remained vacant until Plan Do See renovated them into Marufukuro.

Now open on April 1, the hotel is equipped with 18 rooms filled with fun details for you to explore, and there are also options to stay in more modern rooms located in the new wing of the building.

For those who want to visit or learn more about Marufukuro, you can go to their website.

In other related news, Bandai Namco has announced beta testing dates for its upcoming my hero academia battle royale game.


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