Gamer’s paradise Super Potato in Tokyo ‘s Akihabara specializes in those nostalgic games that bring back the childhood of today’s adults. It is a store that attracts visitors from all over the world due to its amazing collection of classic games and consoles. Let’s see what you can expect of a visit to this Akihabara staple!
The first of them is full of all the original and new cassettes of the original games, from the first video game of Super Mario Bros to The Legend of Zelda. Any classic game that you are yearning to get, you can find here. On the next floor, you’re greeted by a large statue of Mario.
Here you can find stuffed animals, key chains, candies, and more paraphernalia inspired by the main characters of retro games. But what is the use of having the original cassettes if you don’t have the consoles to play them on? On this floor, you will also find classic consoles in new condition, just as if they had gone on sale yesterday. From the original Game Boy to the 16-bit Super Nintendo.
How inside of building is
The first two floors have a cozy atmosphere, full of antique TVs showing the main screen of classic games. Some of the televisions have controls with which you can try the old games again, for free. Of course, there is background music and all the songs are of retro video games, giving us the feeling of having gone back to our childhood. On the top floor, there is a collection of video game machines that were formerly used in arcades. Here you can play retro video games for a few coins, just like in the 80s or the 90s.
To enhance your retro experience, a large assortment of classic Japanese sweets that used to be sold in stores 30 years ago are on sale. These sweets are called ‘dagashi’ which literally means ‘economic sweets’. It is impressive that in a neighborhood as modern as Akihabara where you can find the newest anime, you can also find a classic shop that invites the visitor to take a trip to the origin of Akihabara’s culture of the present. If you like classic video games and you want to relive the excitement of your childhood, then be sure not to skip Super Potato!
If you want to experience Akihabara to the fullest and get more background information about Japanese subcultures, discovering this area with a private guide would be a great idea.
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Super Potato Opening hours
Monday through Friday from 11 am until 8 pm.
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 8 pm.