5 Must-Visit Stores in Tokyo for Gamers
Gaming is a wonderful hobby that seems to be getting more and more popular with each passing year. With a multitude of genres and platforms, unforgettable stories and characters, the ability to play online with or against others, and appropriate titles for anyone whether they're small children or grown adults, there is something for everything in the gaming genre.
Japan, of course, is home to huge gaming companies such as Konami (Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid), Sega (Sonic the Hedgehog, Yakuza), Square Enix (Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy), and Nintendo (The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario). Many gamers who visit Japan can't wait to check out the mecca of anime, manga, and games in Tokyo. Here are five stores in Japan's capital city that you should not miss if you love video games!
1. Retro Game Camp Tokyo
Those who are looking to buy old games and consoles cannot miss Retro Game Camp Tokyo, located in Akihabara. This shop is stuffed full of retro consoles including Game Boys, Mega Drives, Nintendo 64s, and Dreamcasts, as well as a huge variety of old games to choose from.
Those looking for the original versions of their favorite titles or wanting to buy old consoles and games would adore this shop. Just remember that most older consoles are region locked, so if you buy a game, it might not work on the console in your home country.
Address: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−14−7 Shin-Suehiro Building C
Opening hours: daily 11:00am - 8:00pm
English website: http://www.retrogamecamp.com/en/
2. Super Potato
Also located in Akihabara, Super Potato is not one to be skipped. With several floors, all with varying eras of gaming, you can easily spend several hours here. The top floor has old arcade machines featuring games like the original Pong and Tetris; other floors sell old consoles, games, and merchandise.
'90s kids can't miss the Nintendo floor, selling old Game Boy and Nintendo 64 titles as well as Nintendo merc from pens and beanies to Pikachu and Mario underwear!
There are also Super Potato stores located in Nagoya and Osaka cities.
Address: 1 Chome-11-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Opening hours: weekdays 11:00am - 8:00pm, weekends 10:00am - 8:00pm
Website (Japanese only): http://superpotatoakiba.jp/
GEO is a chain store and a goldmine for those seeking deals on used games. Unlike the previous two stores, GEO also, happily, sells more modern titles. Best of all, if you're from the US, Japanese PlayStation 4 games work perfectly on the American console!
There are many GEO stores all over Tokyo. The address below is for the branch in Higashi-Ikebukuro.
Address: 3-chōme-3-5 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0014
Opening hours: daily 9:00am - 3:00am
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4. The Pokémon Center
The Pokémon Center is just one of the many great things Pokémon fans can do in Tokyo. The Mega Center in Ikebukuro is one of the several Pokémon stores in and around the city, and here you can buy soft toys, clothes, stationery, and even jewelry, all Pokémon-themed!
Some stores, such as the Pokémon Center in Yokohama, sell soft toys of every single Pokémon from the first few generations. An excellent place to start collecting!
There are several stores in Tokyo; the address below is for the Mega Store in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City.
Address: 170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 3-chōme−1−2 Sunshine City 2F
Opening hours: daily 10:00am - 8:00pm
5. VR Park Tokyo
This fun arcade with a VR zone on the top floor in Shibuya is perfect for trying to win toys, play some arcade games, and try virtual reality. The available VR games change often, but you can shoot things, fly in the sky, and even fall from great heights!
It is recommended you visit on a weekday when it's much less crowded. The system warrants time slots where you can go and experience as many attractions as you can in your given time frame. This is the perfect place to try virtual reality games!
Address: 150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Udagawacho, 13−11, KN Shibuya Building 1
Opening hours: daily 10:00am - 11:20pm
English website: https://www.adores.jp/vrpark/en/
Gamers will never be bored in the nerd paradise that is Japan's capital city of Tokyo! These five stores are fantastic for browsing, shopping, nostalgia, and new experiences. Which one will you visit first?
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