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Japan is as famous for video games as it is for temples and sushi. My love of Japanese video games was a huge influence on my desire to study Japanese and come to Japan. Ever since my first trip, I’ve always made time to check out whatever video game stores I can find. Now that I’ve been living here for two years, I’ve come up with a list of some of my favorite places to go looking for games.
A few words of advice before we get started: Most games prior to Sony’s PlayStation 3, including the Xbox 360, are region locked, meaning you need a Japanese system to play them. There are a lot of ways around this, especially for cartridge based game systems, but they will require some trickery on your part. If you want to avoid the trouble, you can purchase a Japanese system.
The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch are all region-free consoles — Japanese games can be used on American systems and vice versa. However, don’t expect many Japanese games to have an English language option. While there have been a few examples recently, like Nier: Automata and Final Fantasy XV, most games made in Japan only have Japanese language support. This is, however, a game-by-game problem and a quick Google search will usually tell you all you need to know.
Anyway, without further ado, here is a list of some stores to check out if you want to get your game on and pick up some of the most exclusive Japanese titles.
1. For the Window Shopper: Super Potato
These cramped stores specialize in retro video games and their collection of early Nintendo Famicom and Super Famicom games is particularly impressive. Prices are expensive, but you can be almost …continue reading