Return to Retro

July 30th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Shopping

Today, video games are all about 3D and very advanced graphics. However, some people still have the nostalgia of the good old days, when video games are in bulky cartridges. If you’re a gamer, a hardcore collector of game consoles or anything video games-related, and living in Japan for years, you probably have heard, even visited Super Potato in Akihabara.

We all know that when it comes to video games, Japan is on the top of the list. In this store, you can find consoles that are 15 or more years old and still in perfect condition; some have simply never been opened and there are lots of items that avid gamers can find.

It offers towering shelves of old game cartridges, often unboxed for classic systems like Genesis, NES, SNES, Atari and MSX, among others. Retro and hard-to-find items don’t come cheap but Super Potato also offers second hand and used items for collectors and gamers alike. Here you can find Mario-themed Nintendo playing cards, Bomberman keychains, the original Game & Watch LCD games as well as Mario Kart RC karts, pixel-graphic peg board toys, soundtracks, Nintendo hanafude cards, calendars and a lot more. Though these items are also available in other toy stores, Super Potato is the most convenient one-stop geek shop in the city.

Located about 10 minutes from JR Akihabara station, Super Potato is actually more like a video game museum where you can buy stuff. The place attracts collectors, gamers, men and women of all ages. Instead of harps and trumpets, customers are greeted by the faint sound of the 8bit theme of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda. It’s truly a piece of geek heaven on earth. Do you have a favorite retro video game? Share your answers on the comments below!

Photos by: nubero and fidelramos via Flickr Creative Commons

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