Nintendo has announced it will be opening a new retail and merchandise store located in Osaka, Japan. It'll be located within the Daimaru Umeda building. It will be the second store to open in the company's homeland, following on from Tokyo in 2019.
It's currently scheduled to open "at the end of 2022" according to a translation, and will sell game consoles, software, peripherals and various other Nintendo goodies. More details about Nintendo's Osaka store will be announced at a later date.
This follows on from a few other Nintendo project announcements in recent times - including the expansion of Super Nintendo World with a Donkey Kong area, and the opening of a new "Nintendo Gallery" based inside one of its old Kyoto facilities.
When we learn more about the new Osaka store, we'll be sure to let you know.
And it will cost $50 just to get in.
2 Nintendo stores, a Nintendo museum and 2 different parks all opening in Japan within the span of about 4 years.
At this rate, by the time I go to Japan, I’ll be spending every day in a new Nintendo building.
Whilst we're still waiting for one here in Europe
Desperate fans looking for Metroid Prime 4 leaks in the store:
@Kyloctopus Oh yes, the gallery - how could I forget! I've added this in.
@Angelic_Lapras_King It costs 400,000 dollars to enter the store for 12 seconds
@HammerGalladeBro With or without the Expansion Pak membership?
@WeltraumDreamer you don't have to speak Japanese to enter Japan lol. source: live in Japan.
Oh thanks Nintendo! I used to live about a 5min bike ride from Umeda, but this news comes about 16 years too late for me 😑
I’m not sure if this Daimaru dept. store even existed back then, though. It sounds like it adjoins JR Osaka Station, so it’ll be very easy to visit for anyone on a quick tour of Osaka.
It is an expensive trip, but don’t let lack of Japanese language skill prevent you from visiting! You can not know a word of Japanese and still have an amazing trip. Public transit includes lots of English to help foreigners get around, and people are usually very helpful and welcoming.
They haven’t eased Covid travel ban yet for tourists, though. Hopefully soon.
I don't really get why Nintendo Stores are so few and far between. I'm no business expert, but I'd imagine it would help their brand to open more stores around the world. I'm in the US, but I'm nowhere near New York. I'd love to see one open up in my state one day, it seems like a cool place to check out.
I was lucky enough to be in Tokyo when they opened their first store in Shibuya 2019.
It didn’t cost me anything to get in, I turned up and got a ticket from a person outside the building and then waited for my allotted time. It was nice seeing all that merch
Osaka will be my primary destination for my next visit to Japan. This is perfect.
Umeda? After many visits, I still get lost in that giant underground complex. Daimaru is at least easy to find.
@WeltraumDreamer All signs are in English and metro trains are colour coded so it's no problem to get around. You just need not be daunted by the size and busyness of the transport network.
The main thing is buy a Suica card at the airport for fares. It can be topped up at any terminal. Just press English, insert card, insert your notes, and it's done. After twice doing this you won't even need to press English. It's that easy.
Japan is also cheap to visit. $50 USD gets a comfortable room while $10 USD gets a solid meal. Convenience stores are everywhere for sandwiches, noodles and chicken pieces. Fast food places all have English menu cards or you can point to items on them.
PS: Japanese are forgiving people so don't expect foreigners to know or reciprocate customs. The main thing is don't be loud or rude. Talking on phones in trains is especially bad. Signs warn of this. If you smile and say thanks in English, that's all Japanese expect. They are an altruistic and accommodating people.
@WeltraumDreamer Don't let lack of language ability stop you from visiting a new place. No one expects tourists here to speak a word of Japanese. (before covid times) thousands of people a day arrived in Japan with no Japanese ability and had a wonderful time. It's an amazing country to visit, if you have the means sometime you really should give it a visit. Don't stress about it too much, it's a fun experience, I promise.
@WeltraumDreamer You will enjoy Britain, my friend. Please visit more than London though...York, Leeds and Kent are all lovely areas too
Yet, there is still no Nintendo store in Europe.
@Angelic_Lapras_King Without the Expansion Pak, if you want to be able to purchase and use their restrooms you need to add another 400,000 dollars.
Nintendo ditched california and toronto and strengthens japan. Looks anti-imperial. Viva la Nintendo
I wonder if it wasn't for the pandemic if Nintendo would open one in London?
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