Sunday, 12 February 2012

Odaiba Arcade Game Centres

Decks Tokyo Beach

Imagine if you could go back in time to an arcade in a traditional British seaside resort back in the 80’s / early 90’s.  Tunes from Street Fighter and OutRun and Hang-On intermingle and create an intoxicating atmosphere as people wait patiently for their turn.

Now add some awesome Japanese candy cabinets from the same era. 

You've just imagined Decks Tokyo Beach arcade.

The machines are all fully working and in beautiful condition.  It was awesome seeing Sega City’s and a Capcom Status 18, as well as more modern dedicated cabinets such as Tokyo Wars and Virtua Cop 1&2.  And that OutRun cabinet…..simply beautiful.

Palette Town Game Centre – Tokyo Leisureland

This venue used to be the infamous Neo Geo World, featuring rows of machines showcasing Neo Geo titles, as well as rides, bowling, karaoke, restaurants, shopping and cinema.  Although NGW and the awesome SNK candy cabinets are sadly long gone, it’s nice that the venue still houses an arcade featuring many dedicated machines, old and new.  A word of warning though, this was also one of the most expensive arcades with a lot of the newer machines 200 Yen / credit!

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