Friday, August 30, 2013
Kansai Retro Game Shops 3: Super Potato in Osaka!!
The shop is located on a side street that runs parrallel to the main street in Den Den town. There are a lot of Otaku related shops on the street so its kind of a cool place for a stroll.
Prices are on the steep side: you won`t find any bargains there. But oh what a place to browse! I have never seen so much beautiful Famicom stuff collected in one space (save my closet)!
Look at all the Famicoms:
And Twin Famicoms and Disk Systems!!!
The hyper rare stuff was, as you might expect, the best. They had a Famicom Box, which I had never seen in person before. This was a coin operated type of Famicom that they used in hotels back in the 80s. They are pretty hard to find. They are also interesting because they use the NES-type controllers and gun rather than the Famicom ones. The game carts, which you can`t really see from the outside, are also shaped like NES ones:
They also had some rare Famicom carts, including these gold copies of Binary Land and Rockman 4. The Binary Land was (according to the written explanation on that card) made especially for the wedding of one of the game`s developers where it was handed out as a gift to guests, meaning there were only a couple hundred ever made (hence the 84,800 yen price tag). The gold Rockman 4 is even rarer, only 8 of them were made. At 628,000 yen (about $6,500 US) it is by far the most expensive Famicom thing I have ever laid eyes on.
And of course they had a ton of CIB Famicom carts too. Prices were way too high for my taste but it was cool to see them:
Anyway, this is an awesome shop to visit if you are in Osaka, but like I`ve said don`t expect any bargains (except for that sucky N64 shogi game they have a million copies of up there). Think of it more like a quasi-religious experience for true Famicom believers:)
Kansai Retro Game Shops 2: Den Den Town in Osaka
Kansai Famicom Shops 1: Kobe