Friday, August 19, 2011

A sneaky peek into one Japanese game store's retro section

True story: I've spent waaaaaay too much of my free time over the years searching Flickr for photos of Japanese game shops.

As such, I did a little "gay geek jig" when I discovered a post titled, "Anatomy of a Japanese Video Game Store's Retro Section," at one of my favorite sites, Famicomblog.

In said post, blogger Sean walks his readers through Fukuoka's Omocha Souko game store in both words and photos. Discussed (and shown) during this walkthrough: The shop's Dreamcast, Famicom, Gameboy, Mega Drive, Neo Geo, Nintendo 64, PC Engine, Saturn and Super Famicom sections. (The pic below is of the Famicom section, by the way.)



Stats of note: The Famicom section is the largest in this particular store (the Super Famicom unsurprisingly comes in second), while the Neo Geo section is the smallest.

Sean has published a series of similar posts that focus solely on the Famicom sections of Fukuoka's many game shops, by the way. Check them out at your leisure here.

12 comments:

Viewtiful_Justin said...

If it's wrong to drool over the merest thought of such a place, I don't want to be right!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha! I hear ya, Justin. What I wouldn't give to walk through that store with a few bucks in my pocket :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

A few hundred, maybe...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Can you imagine what a few hundred bucks would get you in such a store, Justin? Sigh.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Indeed.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hmmm, so how do we get to Japan with a few hundred bucks in our pockets?

Sean said...

Many thanks for the mention, Bryan! I'm glad you liked that post as I was inspired by one of your comments!

And a few hundred bucks would go far in shops like this! Especially if you get there on one of the days when they put new stock out!

Bryan Ochalla said...

You're very welcome, Sean! BTW, I'm going to dream about spending a few hundred dollars in that store tonight, I'm sure :)

SUIKA said...

I'm sure you've heard of Super Potato? In Akihabara? My first visit there, I actually wept.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, yes, SUIKA, of course I've heard of it! Also, most of the photos I've seen of Japanese game stores on Flickr are of Super Potato. Lord help me when my husband and I finally travel to Japan -- he's going to have to put up with a lot of shopping (and weeping)!

apricotsushi said...

Ah, you sure know how to make us salivate, Bryan! You're making miss my trips to Osaka's various retro gaming shops :'( I'm hoping to go back to Japan next year, and when I do, I will definitely take tons of pictures!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, I'll be looking forward to salivating over those photos, Anne!