Several fire trucks were reportedly called to Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto today after a fire broke out in the building. Nintendo’s headquarters in Japan contains business and game development departments, and has several floors.
According to police reports via Japanese media (via VGC), a fire broke out on the third floor and partially burned several desks and chairs, but fortunately no one was injured. While the police and fire department are still investigating the cause of the fire, the small fire is believed to have been started by an electronic device that was charging.
Even if the entire building were to burn down, Nintendo has contingency plans to help it continue to operate. As Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa previously explained to shareholders, the company will prioritize protecting its employees after a natural disaster, secure assets for a recovery effort, and implement “several proactive measures” to get its operations back on track. function.
Japan is in the world’s most active earthquake belt and is also currently experiencing a record-setting summer in which the temperature has soared above 95 degrees Fahrenheit for several days. Nintendo announced that it would soon be expanding to have more space for game development. The company plans to build two new main offices where more games can be developed in-house, and the first building will be located next to Nintendo’s current headquarters in Kyoto.
While their building isn’t (thankfully) on fire, Nintendo’s sales certainly are. Nintendo Switch sales are on the decline compared to last year thanks to ongoing semiconductor shortages, but as of August 2022, 111.08 million Switch units have been sold and software sales continue to do very well.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Nintendo Switch Sports, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continue to be top sellers, and the release of Bayonetta 3 and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet this year will see demand for the console rise once again.
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