Sunday, May 11, 2014
Retro Game Shopping in....Nagoya! Part 1 Osu
It is, however, the third largest urban centre in Japan (technically the fourth largest `city`, but the number 1 and 2 on that list, Tokyo and Yokohama, are more or less one massive urban blob), and as such it is one of the few cities in Japan - in addition to Osaka (Den Den Town) and Tokyo (Akihabara) to possess an actual gaming/otaku neighorhood of its own: Osu. So this will be the first in a series of two posts in which I take you through the retro gaming haven of Nagoya`s Osu neighborhood.
Osaka`s Den Den Town. From a retro gaming perspective though I would rate it a bit lower. Den Den Town is primarily an electronics and gaming neighborhood while Osu, in terms of shops, skews a bit more towards the manga and cosplay end of the Otaku-verse. Nonetheless it does have a few worth taking in.
Most of Osu is made up of a series of pedestrian only streets covered by arcade roofs. These are a lot of fun to walk around, filled with tons of neat shops, arcade centres and pachinko halls.
The prices, however, are among the worst I have seen anywhere in Japan. This shop gouges so badly I would describe them as approaching Toronto levels. These red and white Famicoms for example (modded for AV) are priced at 7200 yen (about $75 US) each, which is way more than what they should be priced at.
Leaving K-House about 100 metres on the ssame side of the street you will see some N-64 controllers lying causually about getting a tan:
This is a much much better shop than K-House. The prices are generally in the `slightly high but still fair` zone, like what they are asking for these Rockmans here:
Or 3780 yen for Contra, which is close to what that goes for on Yahoo Auctions
They have a pretty decent pile of AV Famicoms in there
And their game selection is pretty good: