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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:55 pm 


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I didn't know this until I had read it in a book, but the cocktail cabs were the standard during the "Invader Boom" as they called it. Rows and rows of them... often with a line. Probably in smoke-filled rooms. The book "It Started With Pong" has a few pictures. Groovy haircuts and all!
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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:01 am 


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Do they really sell for that much there? Taito cocktails are ten a penny in the UK, you're lucky to get £300 for a good one.

For example, this will probably not sell:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Taito-Original-1980s-Arcade-Machine-/261153293532
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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:20 am 


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Do they really sell for that much there? Taito cocktails are ten a penny in the UK, you're lucky to get £300 for a good one.

For example, this will probably not sell:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Taito-Original-1980s-Arcade-Machine-/261153293532


"Showa" era hardware is few and far between here, as price has always been such a premium. This one is also in good shape. I doubt this will sell at that price, but I would be shocked if in reality, it sold under 150,000 assuming he started it at zero. Then again, times are tough, so who knows.

We talk about it a lot at gamengai, but even hardware from the mid-90's (Idya, for example) is most likely gone save maybe a few pieces as nobody wants to store it. I have a friend whose dream item is an original Donkey Kong cabinet from Japan. He's roughly my age and quite knowledgeable in the arcade world. He said these were the norm for a while, until they realized they could just ship the PCBs and swap them some time later. There's gotta be one somewhere, but I've never seen an original cab from the early 80's here.
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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:14 pm 


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Ah, this breaks my heart....

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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:23 pm 


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That's quite depressing... :cry:
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:28 pm 


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The only picture that got me was the one of all those abandoned Taito Canary's! :( :x
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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:50 pm 


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That's a bummer. Wonder how far out of the city those places are.
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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
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Any new obscure Japanese game center finds, rancor?

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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 4:02 am 


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yup! Ace Amusement added to the bottom of the first post!
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 4:55 pm 


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Always a good day when this thread gets an update... Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 5:56 pm 



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A Great Topic !

When walking with a new japanese friend after a bar trip, he shows us an Arcade with 2 vertical Taito HD cabs and FREE Dôjins available.

Here is a picture and a plan. It is near the JR Station, you just have to go straight with the Gundam Cafe on your back.

Pictures "talks" better than me (and my poor english).

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So sorry rancor I could'nt met you in Tokyo :(.
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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
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according to the signage, that's another Tokyo Leisure Land! I had no idea there was more than one, and certainly didn't know it was in Akihabara! Do you remember any of the titles they had there? Any interior shots? I may take some pics next time I'm there if I can find it from the map above. Thanks for posting setsuan, and it is a shame that we didn't get to meet up. :(
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:51 pm 


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San Francisco Gate has an article up called The Pong goodbye: Arcade photos from the 1970s and 1980s with some cool photos of the old arcade scene in the states.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:29 pm 


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:36 pm 


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I just posted some pictures of an arcade in Yokohama called Freedom to my blog.

There are unfortunately no STG's at this arcade (unless you count whatever's on the NESiCA cab), but it's pretty bitchin' if you play fighting games.


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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:49 am 



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Japan trip in august 2013
A few new pics!

Shibuya Kaikan

1-Near Shibuya crossroad
2-Basement with old games and shmups
3-A 2-all on DDP Daifukkatsu
4-Upstairs with musical and médal games
5-And VS fighting. A 29" screen to take?
6-Green stairs. Some missed posters...

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Shibuya Kaikan

1-Last day before closed 18/08/2013
2-Stairs
3-A lot of people on VS fighting Capcom level for this last night

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1-Lot of fun on retro level
2-With grey pants, the boss
4-Some japanese people takes movies and pics
5-50 Yen

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GameIn Ebisen

1-Ebisen in Ekoda station
2-Hi-scores
3-Shmup and oldies. A few cabs with recorded systeme for superplay

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GameIn Montana

1-A little gamecenter in Ginza
2-Card games and a Pop'n girl
3-VS fighting and Blast City's with 2in1. SDOJ and Tengai on one, ESP.Ra.De and Raiden on another... great mix

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GameIn Okachimachi

1-A little gamecenter with a Gun Bullet cab at the entrance.
2-Horses game...

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Taito Okachimachi

1-The new MarioKart GP2, Elevator Action, etc...
2-Last level, 3 shmup cabs with SDOJ, Nesicalive (Crimzon Clover ;) ) and Strikers 1945
3-An old before1980 game on a Vewlix... Stell Chronicle et Midnight Tune 4

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Namco Nakano

1-Big gamecenter at Nakano
2-Big cabs and news. My friend Zamoth near the new Maimai bemani style game...
3-Stylished mini-cabs

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Nakano Broadway

1-Little gamecenter in Nakano Broadway

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Mikado

1-My friend Zamoth on Mikado at Takadanobaba
2-Big cabs (2 Darius Burst, Darius, Ninja warriors, Out run, etc...) and rétro games
3-Beauties
4-Nice Out run, two cocktail cabs and shmup hi-scores
5-A lot of VS fighting and shmup
6-"NeoArcadia (french gamecenter) was here". A 3000in1 in a cab! :-o Also see Tate games on Yoko cabs in other gamecenter... a shame

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Sega Tokyo Dôme

1-A family gamecenter
2-Mini-cabs and kids cabs

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Taito Osaka

1-Near Namba
2-Some Vewlix. In a corner, a cab with SDOJ. No one played it, so one coin 2 credits!
3-CounterStrike lookalike cabs

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Sega Osaka

1-Near Namba too
2-Last level with rétro games
3-And shmups!

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Decks Odaiba

1-A complete rétro space in Decks at Odaiba, with an old style gamecenter
2-Flipps
3-Mechanical cabs
4-Oldschool but nice
5-Lot of Sega City's and cocktail cabs

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1-Nice panels and a juke-box
2-A cosplayer and a pin-up sing sentai '70 intro in live
3-Vintage shops
4-A nice Out Run

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1-Vintage style and space inBader chair
2-Flipps again
3-Sega City's are in very good shape

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LeisureLand Odaiba

1-The big surprise, a gamecenter llokalike a supermarket size! In Odaiba, near Venus Fort
3-A Tokyo Bus Guide cab :awe:
4-Baseball and Golf indoor
5-Kids play DS while parents play oldschool...

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1-Jubeat and Maimai
2-Rétro/shmup
3-An Akai Katana on a shamed screen :(

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Taito Hey Akihabara

1-Hey
2-With Darius of course!

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2-Nice!
3-Headphones on almost cabs

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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:35 am 


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I think you went to more arcades in one vacation than I've been to in 15 years.
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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
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rancor wrote:
according to the signage, that's another Tokyo Leisure Land! I had no idea there was more than one, and certainly didn't know it was in Akihabara! Do you remember any of the titles they had there? Any interior shots? I may take some pics next time I'm there if I can find it from the map above. Thanks for posting setsuan, and it is a shame that we didn't get to meet up. :(


There's probably no point in posting this, especially 5 months later, but JUST IN CASE...

there are actually two Tokyo Leisure Lands in Akihabara. The one pictured is the second location, the first is in the alley behind the Club Sega across the street from the station. (not the one with no games that doesn't require you to cross a street)


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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
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Holyshit, I need to go to that Odaiba retro arcade.
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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:34 am 


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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
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Looks like a fun place to visit with the family despite the absence of candy cabs.
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ugh, Shibuya Kaikan closed?


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 Post subject: Re: Arcades - A tribute
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Holyshit, I need to go to that Odaiba retro arcade.


thought i'd already posted this but :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcharlie/s ... 013211776/

i have more shots of the place itself, but i found the games themselves to be the stars :D
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ugh, Shibuya Kaikan closed?


In August. They've clearly not found a new tenant (not surprising given the stale air) b/c the sign is still up outside, but it's all closed up.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:19 am 


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ugh, Shibuya Kaikan closed?


In August. They've clearly not found a new tenant (not surprising given the stale air) b/c the sign is still up outside, but it's all closed up.



End of an era. I used to play Mahjong Fight Club and 2d fighters there all the time.


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I think versus Gundam floated that place (or at least attempted to) for the last couple of years. Indeed it's sad. Center-gai is basically arcade free now.
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Awesome, well-written thread. Amazing how one can feel melancholy and nostalgia for places/times never personally experienced. I need to visit Japan some day.


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Went to Try Amusement Tower in Akiba Thursday for the first time in about a year. They have changed things up a bit on the retro floor, with a very healthy selection of classic shmups. Finally got to put all that Hishouzame practice to use by failing hard in a true arcade setting :D Snapped some (blurry phone) pics of the shmup floor for anyone who is interested:

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They really need to frame all these old posters seriously:

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Neo XYX running on the cab on the right:

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They have a Gradius thing going on, with a corner section with cabs of the first three games. While I was there some old lady who had to be in her 60's was tearing up loop 2 of Gradius 1. I love this country.

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The Futari cutout is even autographed!

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It's not on the main strip so most people never make it over to this arcade when they visit Akiba, but you really should go especially if you're a shmup fan. Taito Hey! is probably the ultimate shmup arcade in Akiba, but Try has an almost totally different set of games available, and a nice relaxing atmosphere.
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It's not on the main strip so most people never make it over to this arcade when they visit Akiba, but you really should go especially if you're a shmup fan. Taito Hey! is probably the ultimate shmup arcade in Akiba, but Try has an almost totally different set of games available, and a nice relaxing atmosphere.


I was lucky to visit it last May 2013 and will be there again next April :mrgreen:
I will make sure to try Neo XYX, i'm curious with that game.


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