Sunday, 26 February 2012

Akihabara Arcade Game Centres Pt. 1 - Natsuge Museum / Natsu Game Museum

This cool little arcade focuses on vintage games from the mid-80’s and older titles.  The arcade is only open on Friday nights (6-11PM) and the weekends after lunch (1-10PM Sat, 1-8PM Sun & Holidays).  We were lucky to fit a visit into our holiday schedule, but I’m pleased we did!

The arcade is a little off the beaten track, located a couple of minutes walk from the main strip, behind Yodobashi. 


On our way to Natsuge Museum, we walked along a dimly lit street, passing by some traditional looking bars packed with Japanese salarymen.



And, erm, this interesting looking venue!


Finally we were there!




In addition to cocktail and candy cabinets, the arcade had a couple of dedicated machines – Quartet 4P, Super Punch-Out!!, and Space Invaders.  With space a premium, dedicated cabs are very rare in Japan.






There are also gaming related goods for sale including sound track CD’s, gachapon, books and GameSide magazines, and models.


The arcade also hosts events and theme nights so if your planning on visiting, check out their website:

http://www.t-tax.net/natuge/index.html



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