Tantei-Dan Retro TV Game Revival Shop DenDen Town

One of my favourite retro-game shops in DenDen Town is ゲーム探偵団 Retro TV Game (Game Tantei-Dan Retro TV Game Revival).
It’s a bit of a trek down the main drag away from Namba station, past the distractions of SuperPotato, Taito Game Centre and countless toy, figure and porn shops but it’s worth the walk.

Tantei-Dan Retro TV Game Revival

Tantei-Dan Retro TV Game Revival

Inside there’s a veritable feast of delights.
At the entrance there’s a huge collection of handheld consoles, with a selection of Game & Watch, and other retro handhelds.

Handheld Console Cabinet

Handheld Console Cabinet

Game & Watch

Game & Watch

Handheld Consoles

Handheld Consoles

The ground floor has hardware, Super Famicom games (complete-in-box and loose), Famicom games, and a huge collection of music (cds, and even cassettes).

Complete-in-box Games

Complete-in-box Games

Racks of Super Famicom Games

Racks of Super Famicom Games

I bought this Konami music tape – it actually came with a sheet of written music inside – and is excellent.

Game Music Cassettes

Game Music Cassettes

Game Music CDs

Game Music CDs

Moving up to the second floor (past the t-shirts, badges, coasters and other odd items on the stair wall), you get the rest of the games : Playstation, PS2, Sega Saturn and rarer items like NeoGeo Pocket, Wonderswan and MSX games.

Sega Saturn Games

Sega Saturn Games

There’s also a substantial collection of books, magazines and fanzines which would take hours to browse through, aswell as a collection of playthrough DVDs (shmups, Metal Slug and more).

Price-wise there are bargains to be found, but a lot of the items seem to be slightly more pricey than SuperPotato, however I prefer this place as it has a little bit more of a rough-n-ready “local shop” feel, and has some more interesting items (the fanzines, DVDs, t-shirts, etc).

I would definitely recommend seeking this shop out as you might find something rare and unusual here.

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