Fabrice Heilig, a Nintendo collector from France, kept piling things up for so long that there wasn’t enough space in his house to store it all. So he decided to expand and when he did that he had a damn good idea.
As this wonderful story continues Before Mario explainedAfter building an enormous collection of Nintendo video games and merchandise, he recently turned his attention to the company’s game cards, which were the bread and butter of Nintendo for much of Nintendo’s early years. Heilig initially planned to simply build an additional room in his house, but soon upgraded it to “rebuild the facade of Nintendo’s now destroyed original office building from the 19th century”.
After the original Kyoto building was demolished and turned into a parking lot in 2004, Heilig was only able to see photos, but was able to base his measurements on some preserved elements of the old office that were integrated into the current Nintendo headquarters.
The end result is an incredibly faithful replica, at least externally, although the interior – which will feature the map collection on the walls – has also been tastefully done in traditional Japanese style (and doubles as a guest room with its tatami mats) ).
You can read more about the process and see many pictures of the building. at the Before Mario.
UPDATE May 2nd: Fabrice was kind enough to contact us to let us know the latest episode of Collector Quest it’s all about that Within from his recreation, showing his enormous collection of Nintendo playing cards, some tasteful furniture and even replicas of the famous plaques that were found in front of Nintendo’s old main building.
You can see the episode below which is in French but has the correct one English subtitles for you to read along.