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12/11/2013 06:35 GMT

Nintendo To Release Mahjong Board Game In Stunning Box Set (And Not A Plug In Sight)

It's easy to forget but Nintendo didn't start out making video games - they started making playing cards way back in 1889.

So in a nod to their past they are releasing this gorgeous versions of the ancient strategy game of Mahjong.

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Expensive but beautifully made

It will go on sale in Japan at the end of the month for around £125.

An accompanying mat will also be available for a further £32.

Mahjong - which means 'sparrow' -originated in China around 500BC and features tiles adorned with various insignia such as dragons and flowers.

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If you fancy learning the rules and having a go you can play for free here.