Nintendo briefly became "Intendo" today, as the typhoon that is currently battering Japan has managed to remove the first letter from the sign outside of the gaming giant's main offices in Kyoto.
Japan is currently in the grip of Typhoon Jebi, which is the worst storm of its kind in the past twenty-five years. The country has been ground to a standstill, as Internet access and telecommunications services have been shut down across the nation, with almost all air services terminated until further notice.
Typhoon Jebi has also taken its t0ll on Nintendo's headquarters, as the N on the sign has been torn off. Images of the damage have been shared around the web due to locals uploading pictures of the broken sign to Twitter.
Le N du logo de Nintendo est tombé du siège social à Kyoto à cause du typhon d'hier. The N of the logo at Nintendo's Kyoto HQ fell off the wall because of the typhoon. pic.twitter.com/khailyNgv9— Florent Gorges (@FlorentGorgesFR) September 5, 2018
Regardless of the damage, a new Nintendo Direct is planned for tomorrow which will talk about upcoming games for the 3DS and Switch, as well as hopefully finally offering some concrete information about the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service, which is due to start within the next few weeks, even though there is a lot we still don't know about the service.
There are likely a lot of superstitious people out there who will see the damage to the Nintendo sign as some kind of omen, especially if tomorrow's Direct is a disappointment. Nintendo has been hitting it out of the part with their main Directs since the release of the Switch, so there is no reason to think that they will drop the ball now... that is, unless, the Nintendo Switch Online service is delayed once more.
At the very least, they should rename it the "Intendo Switch Online Service" until they can find the N and put it back on their headquarters.
All of our thoughts are going out to the people of Japan during their time of need.