Japan: Retro Game Stores In Akihabara Are Looking Pretty Bare

One of the favourite destinations for gamers who visit Japan is Akihabara which has a variety of specialist retro video game stores. These places can be a haven for gamers looking to pick up various rare titles, but recently a number of people who are in the area, or have visited it, are saying that stores are being wiped out of inventory. Journalists have declared it to be “The Great Super Potato Famine of 2016.” You can check out some images of the barren wastelands which are famous Japanese retro gaming stores, below.



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  1. It’s all the asshole collectors in the US ordering online and having them shipped over seas.
    It’s also people getting sick of modern gaming’s bullshit…
    It is what it is..

    1. Yeah, screw them for collecting! Goddamn their audacity to actually BUY something from a store.

      1. I’m talking about the ones who ONLY collect. They don’t play. They throw them on a fucking shelf and go “see?”. I’m talking about COLLECTORS.. there is a difference between an old school gamer who just happens to collect games they want to play… and a “COLLECTOR”.
        Collectors take good games out of circulation from retro gamers like me who actually PLAY THEM, just to throw them on a fucking shelf like some kinda fucking mink vase…

  2. Makes sense. Retro game sales have shifted by a major degree to online storefronts. It tends to be cheaper and easier to find what you want online than in a store that needs to raise game prices to justify owning a store to sell them in the first place.

    I mean hell, old games are even popping up in antique stores nowadays at very reasonable prices, so I’d say this really should be the case of many “retro” game stores before 2020 rolls round. I’ve seen quite a few shut down here in Toronto over the years, and I expect to see many more in the future.

  3. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

    Considering these old games don’t get any new reprints & there are more people collecting rare items these days, it’s only a matter of time before these stores start to run out. As Spock would say, it’s only logical. *just remembered Leonard Nimoy passed away earlier last year* D:

  4. I would never in a million years actually be IN Japan. But if I ever did, these game stores is what I’d be seeking. It would suck if to actually be in Japan and find the shelves empty in these stores.

    And @mikepjr, I’m one of those collectors you were bashing. *raspberry*
    However, I love to collect AND play retro games. It’s just that I have too many to devote hardly any time to one specific game. So I have hundreds (well over 1,000) that I’ve never seriously played. I’m SO thankful for eBay. And the fact that I finally started ordering Famicom and Super Famicom games a few years ago.

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