What’s the deal with the Japanese game store chain?
There’s a lot of talk about the potential for Nintendo to take over a Japanese gaming retailer like GameStop or GameStop’s competitor, GameStop Japan.
But with the company seemingly moving away from gaming as a primary focus, it’s worth taking a look at the situation in Japan and how Nintendo is looking to take on the Japanese market.
Nintendo’s Japan office is located in Yokohama, the capital city of Japan.
It has offices in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, and Osaka Prefecture.
The company’s presence in Japan has been steadily expanding since the company’s inception in the early 1990s, when it was founded by the then-president Hiroshi Yamauchi, who is credited with founding Nintendo in the West.
As the company has expanded, so has the number of Japanese gamers it is targeting.
The number of Nintendo-owned GameStop stores in Japan is around 1,000.
There are currently about 400 GameStop Japanese stores in the country, including a few in Tokyo.
In 2016, Nintendo expanded its Japanese presence even further with the introduction of the Nintendo Switch.
In 2020, it expanded the number to 1,800, with another 300 locations in 2020.
At the same time, it opened two more GameStop locations in Japan, Tokyo, and Tokyo Prefecture, with more to come in 2020, 2020, 2021, and 2023.
According to Nintendo, the company will “continue to work with our Japanese retail partners to expand their game and hardware retail presence to meet the demand for Nintendo products.”
Nintendo has made no secret of its intent to move into Japan.
In a 2015 earnings call, Iwata said the company would be working with Japanese retailers to “bring games and accessories to the Japanese Nintendo Switch.”
In 2016, the Japanese government announced that it would expand its investment in digital distribution through a partnership with GameStop, which will enable Japanese consumers to access and play Nintendo games online.
It also announced that the government would create a “Digital Japan Fund” to support “local game developers.”
It was later revealed that the fund was intended to help Nintendo acquire its digital distribution business.
The Japanese government also announced in 2017 that it planned to create an initiative to create a digital market for Nintendo games, which is the company hopes will help it reach more Japanese consumers.
The initiative will also provide a “soft launch” for Nintendo’s new hardware, which would help the company launch its new handhelds and digital offerings in Japan as soon as 2019.
While the Nintendo business is now expanding, it doesn’t appear that the company plans to move directly into the Japanese retail market.
The latest announcement is that Nintendo will not be opening a Japanese branch.
However, it is not the only company that has plans to open a retail outlet.
In 2017, Nintendo announced plans to establish a branch in Shanghai.
The branch would open in 2019, and would open two more locations in 2021 and 2022.
It’s also not the first time that Nintendo has made announcements regarding a Japanese retail operation.
In February 2018, Nintendo released a video explaining the new company’s plan to launch an online-only Nintendo eShop in Japan.
That same year, the Nintendo e-Shop in China opened, but the store was not a direct part of the new Japan-only online store.
In 2019, Nintendo also announced plans for a store in Hong Kong.
Nintendo’s Japanese branch was set to open in 2020 and would be the first in Asia to open.
Nintendo is also set to launch a store outside of Japan in 2020 that would be located in Singapore.