If you go to Japan and love all things Nintendo, you’re going to end up at Super Nintendo World, the spectacular theme park at Universal Studios Japan. But that’s not the only place you can go. There is also the Nintendo Tokyo store, where you can buy oodles of merchandise for Mario, Donkey Kong, and the rest of your favorite franchises. And soon enough, there will finally be a second store location, as Nintendo Osaka has been announced as a new location opening in late 2022. Via Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku, Nintendo Osaka will open in Umeda at the Daimaru department store, offering an authentic experience for fans.
Although Nintendo stores are not a frequent site in Japan (or anywhere globally), there are assorted Pokémon Center stores in Japan, which are obviously focused on Pokémon merchandise. Meanwhile, the United States has the Nintendo NY store at Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, which I visit with delight nearly every time I go to the city. (I got myself a pretty spectacular Super Mario World shirt there.) The store had its window broken during protests last year, but that has long since been remedied. Nintendo NY, like the entire company, is thriving again.
Stay tuned for more updates on the opening of Nintendo Osaka at the Daimaru department store.