Weirdness: Nintendo Goes Old School With a Mahjong Set

Though it does cost more than a 3DS

Those familiar with Nintendo history will know that before it moved into the electronic entertainment industry it was founded as a playing card company, producing and marketing its Hanafuda game. Though not quite returning to those roots in a literal sense, the company is releasing an attractive Mahjong set, pictured above.

According to Kotaku it'll retail in Japan — its only confirmed release region — for a little under $200US, with an optional mat for $50. The Nintendo branding, as you can see in the images, is subtle; there's no smiling plumber to be found.

It's an expensive set, but shows Nintendo can produce quality away from video games, too.

[via kotaku.com]