Japanese game centers are must visit places on any trip to Japan, but in Tokyo, there is a place where you can time warp back to the 1980s and 1990s and play those games of the past, too. Since Japan was the leader in arcade game programming and machine production, the culture stretches back decades and those old machines are still in use!
Why do these retro arcade games and game centers still exist in Japan?
In the USA, the arcade culture rapidly declined when the game consoles gained wide popularity, especially in the early 1990s, but in Japan, arcades or game center culture continued because it was more about the experience than the games itself. It was a place to go, hang out with friends, be a hero!
There were many kinds of games from classic arcades to driving simulation games to dancing and rhythm games.
Gamers from the 1980s are not in their 30s, 40s or 50s and they keep coming, playing those games from the past and thats great because it means we can all stop in and experience arcades games like we did as kids.
▶︎ Where is Mikado (Retro Game Center)
▶︎ Super Potato | Retro Console Games in Akihabara:
Games featured in this episode:
OUT RUN (1986) Sega
Tokyo Wars (1996) Namco
Star Wars (1983) Atari
Metal Hawk (1988) Namco
Check out Miki's channel "Miki Lab":
And Shingo's channel Let's Play Japan: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcQUB9PqG0xkxEwdAppU63A
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★ Japanese Photo Sticker Booths: Purikura Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IwVttYtB4w
★ Gachapon Toy Capsules: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt2g7Fpu_58
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This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He's been living and working in Japan for over 20 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan's International Channel.
I have been at CAX 2018 and attended a presentation about arcades in japan, and there is a decline of arcade centers in Japan, primarily caused by new arcade boards having revenue-share schemes that claim more money back to the manufacturer than the developer and operators. Because of the revenue share cuts off income for developers and operators along with occasional poor planning from arcade makers that push the games to home consoles quicker, arcades in Japan slowly die out because operators cannot make enough money from modern arcade boards.
However, the Exa Arcadia, intends to have not only a simple revenue system for units sold so operators can maximize profits, but also have new models that allow operators and developers to have income through different ways. The Exa Arcadia PCB unit will be like Neo Geo, 4 game cartridge system, but modernized with powerful hardware with lag-less inputs, and internet connection being OPTIONAL. Therefore, Exa Arcadia aims to be the most affordable arcade system that can easily be integrated into arcades and other places around the world, even beyond Japan and developed countries.
I am honestly stoked to have an arcade revival and its culture to continue existing for sure.
Miki is so beautiful. Another observation, 6:44 they put the e.t. cartridge game next to the atari 2600 how ironic. Everyone believes it was the cause of the demise of atari. I know they lost money but the people up top made bad decisions.
I understan your appreciation for retro arcade games but the way you glorify Japan and kinda dump on the U.S. is appalling because there are tons of retro arcades centers run by collectors and we even have huge conventions where people can try, buy and trade entire cabinets. You just gotta explore your homeland a little more before you make assumptions.
Heh heh heh. I’ve got a retro tabletop console with 60 games, a retro emulator that has like 30K games, and several vintage consoles. I even owned an Outrun standup cabinet once. While it’s not the same as having an actual arcade unit, I’ve managed to recreat most of the arcade experience in my own home.
I'm so glad we have a retro arcade hall in Karlsruhe (which is close to where I live).
Playing those classics on an arcade cabinet is so much more fun that any home console/emulator port can ever hope to be.
I miss the arcade days...also here in Mexico with the consoles in late 90's or maybe early in the first decade in 00 almost all arcade centers disappear :( combat games was the most popular right here and street fighter in 90's and king of fighter in 00 was in...literal every corner of the neighborhood, even drugstores and convenience store had and arcades
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