I was certain there was at least one previous thread or longish discussion on this topic, but the site's search isn't turning anything up for me yet. Basically, a large amount of reading HG101 on the train has gotten me in the mood to pick up some of the cheaper PSX and Saturn gems they cover quite frequently. I'd held off on thinking about any game shopping since I currently have no TV (they're expensive, and I don't want to have to fight with the NHK guy when he makes his inevitable visit), but I feel like between the laptop and the PSP I could probably handle most any PSX titles through emulation, and possibly even some Saturn games if the state of emulators has kept improving.
But as most of you probably know, retro gaming shops aren't what they used to be. In the five years since I was here, Akihabara has become almost unrecognizable. Super Potato still exists but is insanely overpriced; the Traders have squished all their pre-PS2 stock into a small corner (with the PS2 titles gradually making their way in that direction); and the multi-story retro gaming shop on the main drag across-ish from Hey and whose name I forgot has now moved all their stock to the first floor, with the floors above selling cosplay wigs or some dumb shit. Out here in Chiba, the local "we sell just about goddamn anything" shop feels like it has a better retro selection than some of the places I poked into in Akiba last week.
So, where do you go for your brick and mortar retro shopping? Are there any hidden shops I've missed in Akihabara, tucked away down back alleys or on a hidden floor between a maid cafe and the porn game shop? Barring that, are there any other areas in Tokyo that have since taken the crown for this sort of stuff? Besides being well known, Akiba is convenient in that it's walking distance from my station I use to get into Tokyo so the whole cost of a visit comes under my commuter pass, but I'd be willing to put up train fare if there now exists a place that feels like some of the Akihabara shops did five years ago (or even ten, if the wild stories of veterans are to be believed).
Or is it pretty much just a dead scene where the best action happens on Yahoo Auctions these days? Considering the way you can find just about any specialty shop you could possibly imagine in most large cities, I'd hope that wasn't the case, but it could be a sign of the times, I suppose.
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