Great pictures! Espero que vaya un día a Tokyo and complete my Gamecube-collection, but I don't know where the good places for Gamecube-games are in Tokyo. Creo que Super Potato es un poco caro.
This is the first post I publish from Tokyo!
Without doubt, I have dreamed many times to get to know Tokyo, and now that it is a reality, I don't even know where to start! For me, Tokyo is a really amazing city in every possible way, so I'm very happy for being able to explore this place ^^.
Japan is worldwide known for being the birthplace of videogames. Mythic companies like Nintendo, Sega and Sony come from this country and many of us have spent endless nights playing with Super Mario, Sonic or Sega (just for name a few examples).
In the center of Tokyo you can find Akihabara: the district for videogames, electronics, manga and anime. Super Potato is located in one of its streets. It is a very unique shop where you can find any videogame or console that have ever existed. Think of one of the first Game Boy consoles or a game for Sega Saturn, you can find all them at Super Potato.
Super Potato website lives at www.superpotato.com/. It is Japanese, but you can check the available retro game catalog ^^.
In Japan, as in Taiwan, shops are usually located in the upper floors of the buildings without being accesibles from the ground floor. Super Potato is in floors 3, 4 and 5 of this building.
I took this photo inside the elevator as I was going up for Super Potato. I was amazed with the elevator inside decoration!
Inside the elevator I saw all this signs, many of them being hand-made.
I first went to Super Potato floor 5. This floor is different from the other two because it is a small gaming center with retro game machines. In the photo, Street Fighter II machine. Ryu vs Ken!
Ken vs E. Honda combat. Street Fighter II was one of the first games I played while being a child. I had no videoconsole at home, but one of my cousins had a Super Nintendo (SNES), so I usually went to his house for playing together. The games he had were Super Mario World and Street Fighter II. Almost always he beated me because he was able to practice as he has the console at home, but anyway we always enjoyed many gaming afternoons ^^.
Classic spaceship game :)
Old arcade systems. Which of them do you recognize? =)
Going down to floor 4 I found the Super Potato store where there were plenty of products for sale.
Some of the first portable game systems we ever had were from the Nintendo Game&Watch series. They were black and white games with very simple graphics and worked with batteries.
One of the very first Super Mario Bros games, the famous italian mustached plumber that fighted agains turtles and grew up with mushrooms ^^.
Videogames for Game Boy Advance. Despite Super Potato being just another shop for Japanese, at my eyes it is an authentic gaming history museum. I spent some hours taking photos of this shop!
Classic Game Boy! It costs 980 yen, about 7€.
I never owned a Game Boy of this kind, but some friends of my childhood had one and lended it to me for playing Tetris ^^.
In addition of thousands and thousands of videogames from any epoch, you can find gaming merchandise like these puzzles.
Puzzles from Dragon Quest game. In Spain this game has never been popular, but in Japan it is quite famous.
The world best seller videogames series, Pokémon, was also one of the videogames I usually played when I was a kid. The first Pokémon videogames were released in 1996. They were Aka (Red) Edition and Midori (Green) Edition. The latest never was released out of Japan. The first games that were released out of Japan were Pokémon Red and Blue Edition. Although I think no explanation is required, this games are about collecting the 150 existing Pokémon and train them. Pokémon can be catched or traded with other players using a cable for connecting two Game Boy consoles.
More Pokémon editions: Gold, Silver and Crystal.
Hello, I am Professor Oak. Are you a boy or a girl? =)
Shelves full of Nintendo GameCube games.
Nintendo 64 was my first gaming system ^^. It was also one of the first gaming systems featuring 3D graphics, so I still remember how much I was impressed when I played Super Mario 64 for the first time, moving the character in every possible direction ^^U...
Many old Game Boy cartridges.
Some cartridges are very affordable. The one on the photo is 50 yen, about 0.35€.
Kirby Game Boy cartridge ^^.
Old videogame magazines and paper guides. Sometimes it happened that videogames were difficult and one ended up blocked in certain part of a level. In order to solve this issue, paper guides were edited, containing clues, maps and advise for easily getting over all levels. I wonder if there are guides for the adventure of real life, as they exist for videogames ^^.
Many stacks of GameCube system in a corner at Super Potato.
Videogames for Sony PlayStation, one of the most popular gaming systems ever released. Videogames for this console were not cartridges but CDs.
Nintendo gaming systems, like Nintendo 64 or Nintendo GameCube. I didn't even know that a colored Nintendo 64 existed!
Many Game Boy consoles for sale in its different versions: classic, Color, Advance...
In this part of the shop there are even older gaming systems, from the late 80s that are new for me. Here there are some Sega SG-1000 games >__<.
Videogames for the original Xbox console.
CodeFreak, in the picture, is a device that you can connect to a console and allows you to use cheats for easily solving the games.
Original PlayStation gaming pad ^^.
Here are some of the oldest gaming systems that I found at Super Potato. Many of these gaming systems have a keyboard. I don't know what is the name of these models.
Magnavox Odyssey 2, a really old console. I think I had one at home when I was only 3 or 4 years old.
The sounds of these videogames are so simple that are unforgettable to me ^^.
ASCII Stick. I suppose is a joystick ^^.
PlayStation consoles for sale. They are 3,500 yen, about 25€.
Classic videogames: Space Invaders, Freeway, Double Dragon... :)
Joysticks for Atari consoles.
Unknown gaming systems >__<.
A huge Super Mario figure inside Super Potato ^^.
Going into the Super Potato building I found many photos on the walls ^^.
PlayStation 2 videogames in that way!
Super Nintendo pads ^^. They are one of the most easily recognizable pads that have ever existed, in my opinion.
Famicom (ファミリーコンピュータ , Family Computer) is the Japanese version of what in Spain is known as NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).
Famicom Disk System (also known as FDS) is a peripheral device for Famicom that only was released in Japan. It is a system that is connected under the console and that allows the usage of floppy disks ^^.
A Twin Famicom (ツインファミコン). This another product that was only released in Japan and that is basically a Famicom + FDS unit for floppy disks all in one.
Super Famicom consoles. Super Nintendo or SNES is how these are known in Spain.
Super Nintendo pad ^^.
Retro devices for gaming usage >__<.
PC Engine Duo-R console. This console from the late 80s is part of what I call "the museum area" of Super Potato.
Kirby plush dolls everywhere! ^^
Virtual reality console not for sale...
Sega Mega Drive console. Epic console, with games like Sonic!
Sega Mega Drive consoles in their original packaging.
Sega Master System console.
Dreamcast console. If I'm right, this is the last console produced by Sega, before being exclusively a software development company.
Gun from Dreamcast console.
Sega Saturn console.
I don't know what gaming system is this one!
Games for PC-Engine.
Games for Nintendo Famicom.
Final Fantasy saga games. I never played to these games, but I know many people who are true fans ^^.
Ranma 1/2 games for SNES.
Games featuring Captain Tsubasa (or "Oliver y Benji" as we know this series in Spain) ^^.
Another classic type of games are plane simulation games ^^.
Japanese Aladdin game for Mega Drive!
Sonic videogames. My favorite is Super Mario, but I like Sonic too ^^.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance cartridges.
Virtual Boy console is quite unknown. It is a virtual reality system from Nintendo that was a failure. I tried it and got a little dizzy hehehe.
Virtual Boy controller pad.
I hope that this visit to Super Potato, the retro videogame shop in Akihabara, was as interesting for you as it was for me ^^.
What is your favorite videogame? =)
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