the strong, museumofplay logoThe Strong (home of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and the World Video Game Hall of Fame) and the Center for Games Studies and Art Research at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, have entered into a collaborative partnership on the study of video game history and on efforts to preserve video games. For their first effort, the museum and the university will develop an exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System, slated to open at The Strong later this fall.

The partnership will include possible exchanges of faculty and professional staff members; exchanges of students and interns; research projects; joint conferences; and cultural programs, such as the upcoming Playing with Power: 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System exhibit. The exhibit will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which revived the faltering American video game industry and introduced characters such as Mario, Link, and Samus.

The exhibit will explore the history of the console’s development and introduction, showcase artifacts from The Strong’s world-renowned collections, feature never-before-seen interviews with the NES hardware developer Masayuki Uemura, and include playable games, such as Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt.