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

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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
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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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▷ SUBTITLES: If you’d like to help out and submit a subtitle in your language, I’d really appreciate it so we can reach more people!

THANK YOU! You’ll be listed as a collaborator for this video too 🙂 -john

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. コロナの影響もあり、ミカドさんも苦境に立たされています。外国から来日される方、観光コースの一つに日本の古き良きゲームセンターを体感されてみてはいかがでしょうか?場所は東京の山手線に乗り高田馬場駅下車です😊

  2. This is a feature that game stop stores should integrate into the business model with all the money people have invested. I mean imagine if they did something like this as a game stop arcade cafe experience that competes with Dave and Buster's but caters to gaming communities.

  3. Wow, that's a good dose of nostalgia. What a fun time! Sadly here in Spain they removed all the arcade centers I used to go in my city. I miss them so much!

  4. They're still there because people in there don't see it only as a place to play games, they see it like we see bars: as place to go out, to meet with friends, etc. In other words arcades for them is something more, much more, too bad people in western don't have the same view

  5. Seems like sometimes when talking about arcades, and generations who lived through them, people forgets to mention the 90s kids (now early-mid 30s) who grew up in the height of fighting games with the CPS2 and the first 3D fighters, werw the last generation to have teuly experienced an arcade boom

  6. Age is just a number….right Miki?….I mean to play arcade

  7. Hi bro but I love you only pubg Mobile game

  8. como quiero ir a jugar un juego retro y jugar un juego de gundam

  9. Interviewer: "Hey Miki, Is it true Japanese Women shave all parts of there body?"
    Miki Igarashi: "No not all parts, Traditional Japanese Women shave there Arms, Arm pits, Legs, Back and Face".
    Interviewer: But wait?…. isn't that all parts of the bod…….. oooh i see 🤣🤣🤣

  10. It's called ding dong in my country and we still have 1 in our house lol ..

  11. y con hongos ir a estos arcades en japon es re loco

  12. una experiencia unica ir a esos lugares llamados "arcades" en japon

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