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アバター Penmaru 30/07/2015 7 min read
The hottest places in the Manga & Anime industry, brought to you by the SMAC! News Team… This is TOKYO MANGA DEEP WALKER! Diving into Akihabara for round 2! This week, we’re introducing a popular spot that’s frequented by tourists and gaming enthusiasts alike! Without further ado, let’s take a look! FFG_3064 The store that we’re visiting today is none other than the Super Potato Akihabara Branch!! FFG_3149 This is it! The 3rd floor of this building is Super Potato! FFG_3148 The store that we’re about to enter is a games store… but not just any games store! This is a specialty store that deals exclusively in retro games!! What treasures of the past will we discover? FFG_3139 We’ve just stepped in the door, and we’ve already spotted some visitors from another country!! FFG_3118 FFG_3120 FFG_3076 The amount of software in this store is absolutely breathtaking!! So many classics that I played in my youth! Pokémon, Kirby and others that you just don’t see anymore!  FFG_3133FFG_3084 And they also have the hardware!! There are loads of items that you just can’t get hold of these days. This shop is definitely worth visiting if you’re a collector!! FFG_3138 This store attracts customers from all over the world! While gathering material for this article, we saw many tourists browsing and purchasing game software. FFG_3075_1 Here’s a commemorative shot with some English visitors! These two lovebirds were having fun looking at all the games here! FFG_3130 And Super Potato is not just limited to games! It also has a huge selection of character goods! Nintendo’s goods are especially popular!! FFG_3122 Iconic game characters like Pokémon and Mario have become house-hold names all over the world!! Surrounded by all these lovely goods, it’s almost like returning to one’s childhood! FFG_3082 Ah! And look who we’ve bumped into here! It’s Kenshiro! FFG_3135 They also have Fist of the North Star games!! Besides having anime & manga versions, Fist of the North Star also has quite a few video games behind its name! In Japan, it’s not uncommon for a popular manga series to get made into a game. They even have a Fist of the North Star game for the old NES system… I’d love to try that! FFG_3127 There’s nothing like playing as your favorite manga hero! As such, games made from manga are a core genre here in Japan. Here we have the gold cartridge editions of Obake no Q-taro and Kinnikuman! These are super rare, limited edition goods, with a value of over 1 million yen!! FFG_3115 We had great fun here but… it seems that we’ve come to the end of Super Potato… FFG_3083 But wait… where do these super retro stairs lead? Actually, there’s a wonderful surprise waiting at the top!! FFG_3086 There’s a game center above the games shop!! The young couple that we took a photo with earlier are already engrossed in a game here!! FFG_3104 This retro games center on the 5th floor of Super Potato has actually been nominated for “coolest game center in the world”! FFG_3087 As a retro game center, it’s full of machines that you won’t find in any normal arcade! It’s a treasure trove of super rare games! FFG_3092 Street Fighter!!  Wait… what’s this note pasted on the machine… ? FFG_3090 Command input for the HADO-KEN written in English! That is most thoughtful of management! You can see that this store is popular with people from other countries!! FFG_3079 Last but not least, a photo with the store’s giant Mario! Super Potato… a hot spot that’s worth visiting! Even if you’re not a gamer, it’s still a fun place to check out. Be sure to drop by if you’re in Akihabara! Super Potato Akihabara Branch “Retro-Hall” Official Site 1-11-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Kitabayashi building 3F/4F/5F 101-0021 Business hours: 11:00 – 20:00 (open all year round!) Weekends & holidays: 10:00 -20:00 Telephone number:  03-5289-9933 Link to English google maps Photographer: Yoshio Kobayashi ↓↓↓ Missed our past articles? Read them all below! ↓↓↓

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