Japanese Retro Game Centers | Tokyo Arcade Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN


Japanese game centers are must visit places on any trip to Japan, but in Tokyo, there is a place where you can time warp back to the 1980s and 1990s and play those games of the past, too. Since Japan was the leader in arcade game programming and machine production, the culture stretches back decades and those old machines are still in use!

Why do these retro arcade games and game centers still exist in Japan?
In the USA, the arcade culture rapidly declined when the game consoles gained wide popularity, especially in the early 1990s, but in Japan, arcades or game center culture continued because it was more about the experience than the games itself. It was a place to go, hang out with friends, be a hero!
There were many kinds of games from classic arcades to driving simulation games to dancing and rhythm games.

Gamers from the 1980s are not in their 30s, 40s or 50s and they keep coming, playing those games from the past and thats great because it means we can all stop in and experience arcades games like we did as kids.

▶︎ Where is Mikado (Retro Game Center)

Station: Takadanobaba
▶︎ Super Potato | Retro Console Games in Akihabara:

Games featured in this episode:
OUT RUN (1986) Sega
Tokyo Wars (1996) Namco
Star Wars (1983) Atari
Metal Hawk (1988) Namco

Check out Miki’s channel “Miki Lab”:

And Shingo’s channel Let’s Play Japan:

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This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He’s been living and working in Japan for over 20 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan’s International Channel.
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  1. I love how @9:44 there's just this prolonged close up of her hand wrapped around that joystick. You love it John.

  2. Again! This is the second time tonight on this channel I got a mid roll ad that pertained precisely to what was going on in the video right before the ad break. The guy mentions 1986, it cuts to the ad with big bold white letters that read "1980's" then goes on to say things like, "arcades, massive hair do's, etc. ITS A PAC-MAN 40th ANNIVERSARY ADVERT!

    The previous one like an hour ago he was hitchhiking and on a train talking about the train itself. Cut to mid roll ad and it's an ad for some company that presumably makes commercial tracking software for trains around the world.

    If it wasn't for the fact that this happened twice tonight, and that it's been with ads I've never seen before on YouTube in the many many quarantine hours/days I've spent on here, it probably wouldn't surprise me as much.

  3. Disgusting places stinking of cigarettes. Yes, even in 2020 smoking is still allowed in like, all of them. Just gross.

  4. Could be in their 50's? I'm 65 and started only on pinball then as the video craze grew, I grew with it. Some of us are BVP…..Before Video People.

  5. at least these arcades have the correct monitors.
    I don't know why this girl looks so sexy or she is pretending to be

  6. Eventhough I play arcade games and still do at Playdium (former Sega City Arcade) in Mississauga, Onatrio and the MAME emulator on my phone, but there are still some games that I never heard, seen, or played before.

  7. After having seen this before and essentially learning some japanese pronounciation from thia channel.

    Watching others place a heavy english accent on this town name does grind me. I may not be able to speak the language but i know properly sounding words and place names impresses locals. They tend to enjoy the effort on even that tiny detail.


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