SuperPotato Namba, Osaka
SuperPotato is a chain of retrogaming shops that specialize in retro games only (some like Mandrake also stock manga and figures).
They are located in the major cities like Tokyo and Osaka and usually stock a very impressive range of games and consoles.
I’ve only been to the Osaka DenDenTown shops (there are currently 2, although there used to be 3 I believe), but I imagine the others around Japan are much the same.
Prices tend to be a little above what you can find elsewhere but that’s mainly due to SuperPotato being probably the most well-known retro game shop chain in Japan so brings otaku from all over the world to it’s door, so they can mark the prices up a bit.
I tend to go here a lot when I’m looking for games or consoles, despite the higher prices, because you’re pretty likely to find what you’re looking for due to their huge amount of stock and also, I usually go after work so don’t have time to browse many shops before closing time – this is the most convenient.
As I said there are two in Namba, Osaka, one quite near the main Namba Station, head directly away from the shopping arcade where the Toho cinema is, down towards and past Tower Records and Muji, you’ll see a giant Mario on the steps outside the shop. This one is the smaller of the two but does have an impressive selection of SNES, Gameboy and other retro games on the first floor. It’s also where you’re more likely to find hand-held consoles or some of the more obscure consoles. (The photo above is of that store).
All of the photos below are from the larger store, which is a little bit further into DenDenTown. You carry on down the road, turning left at the traffic lights at the Taito Arcade.
Cross over to the far side and take the 2nd right – you should see a big Sofmap store sign (a good store for computers and games, but not a lot of retro stuff).
Go past the Sofmap for about 100 metres and you should see SuperPotato on your left (try not to get distracted by the Maids and “Schoolgirls” trying to lure you into their cafes if you go there in the evening, lol).
So if you’re into Retrogaming or Japanese gaming (which I assume you must be if you’re reading this…) then SuperPotato is definitely worth checking out.
Their website is only in Japanese, and can be found here : http://www.superpotato.com/.
To help you out if you can’t read Japanese, here’s the page with the list of shops and their addresses to help you plan your trip if you’re coming to Japan 😉