When you were just a young'un, sitting there playing the original Nintendo Entertainment System, could you have imagined that it would someday earn its own exhibit in a museum?
If you say "yes," you're lying.
And yet, it has happened. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary game console (it first hit store shelves in North American in 1985), video game museum The Strong has revealed that it will host a special exhibit dedicated to the system. It will go up later this year.
The Strong's exhibit will be called "Playing with Power: 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System" and it will debut at the Rochester, NY museum this fall. Attendees will learn more about the console's development, and this will include previously unseen interviews with NES hardware designer Masayuki Uemura. And of course, you'll be able to play some classic NES titles, like Super Mario Bros.
The exhibit is being jointly produced by The Strong and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and the two groups will also share research projects and even staff. It's part of a professional exchange program of sorts. Said Ritsumeikan University program chair Uemara:
"This partnership allows researchers and scholars in both the United States and Japan to learn from one another about how best to study and preserve the many contributions video games have had to our shared cultural heritage. Together, we can also help tell the story of the Japanese video game industry to guests of The Strong, beginning with the exhibit about the Nintendo Entertainment System this fall."
All this from little ol' Mario . Well, among other things. 🙂