Raise your hand if you’re a certified gamer and geek who loves retro games from the 80’s and 90’s. OK, now that I have your attention I want to tell you about the hands-down coolest, most intense game store on the planet. It’s called Super Potato (in English) and it’s located in Akihabara, Japan, a district of Tokyo.View Larger Map
Think of Super Potato as the Wal-Mart of retro game stores, only better. It literally has the biggest collection of older games, consoles and accessories that you have ever seen, plus a wide array of cool tchotchkes and memorabilia from the decades before 3D and intense graphics became the norm.
Packed from floor to ceiling (and there are 3 floors!) there are so many games that you’ll think you died and went to geek heaven. Gaming systems that haven’t been seen in years are all here; Sega Dreamcast, Mega Drive and Saturn. GameBoy. The 1st Sony PlayStation. Japan’s version of Super Nintendo called Super Famicon and more are all here.
If you’re looking for the actual consoles they are here too and all working as if you just bought them new. The accessories are here also (in most cases) including controllers, memory cards, expansion cards and joysticks. They have it all, and even some things that you’ve probably never seen even if you’re a hardcore gamer.Now one bummer is that the vast majority of these games are in Japanese and finding anything in English is difficult. Of course once they’re switched on and you’re playing you’ll recognize the games and the controls so really it’s a moot point.
Indeed Super Potato is a monument to the games of the 80’s and 90’s and there are lots of things that, while not games, are related to them and super cool. Watches, calendars, toys, key-chains and even playing cards with the old logos and characters are all over the place. It’s a one-stop shop for geeks and gamers who don’t want to let go of the past.
If you’re traveling in Japan and call yourself a true gamer you have to make some time to go to Super Potato. Even if you don’t buy anything (and you probably will) on the 3rd floor you’ll find hundreds of games set up and ready to take you back to a simpler time when things weren’t nearly as gory and nasty as they are today. For my money, it’s well worth the trip.