A Japanese Retro Gaming Shop


When I was in Osaka, a friend of mine took me to a really cool retro video games shop there. It was like all my nostalgic dreams rolled into one small shop.


Please say I’m not the only one who remembers this game? There is a guy, stood on blocks, and there are more blocks rolling towards him, and you have to highlight the blocks to get rid of them to clear a path. If you don’t, the man gets crushed. Confused? Here’s a video.


These were surprisingly expensive; maybe £20-£30.


Also known as the SNES – this was my second console ever. I had a Sega Master System first, then upgraded to this. However, I had about 4 games for it, so I didn’t use it get often. I had many more for the Master System.


Check out them beauties!


There’s a game called Nuts and Milk, apparently! I wonder what it’s about… (Do I even want to know??)

Gaming was a huge part of my childhood and teenage years. I learnt to read and count on a Commadore 64, on which I also spent hours playing Hugo’s House of Horrors. That was a great game.

I don’t know why I was so into gaming – it wasn’t as if it was an escapist thing for me. It was more of a social thing – we’d swap games with friends, and it’d be something to bond with my brother over. When I had a Playstation, I’d spend hours with Kate playing Abe’s Oddesey and Tomb Rader (we’d go over our friend’s house, whose dad would always have the latest games. He would let us watch him play Tomb Raider more often than he’d let us play it…)

I feel a sadness when I think that kids don’t play games as much as we used to as kids – is that a weird thing to say? I think they are an art form, and from working on the inside at Nintendo I know how much effort people go to, to make a wonderful experience for the player. Those £40 price tags aren’t there for nothing.

What games are nostalgic for you? Did you play a lot as a child?


  1. I would have seriously bought the whole store… Or at least would have had to try really hard not to!
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    • Charlotte says:

      It took a lot of restraint from me!! I really wanted a retro GameBoy but they were a little more than I had expected.

  2. This is so awesome!! I loved the Animate shop in Osaka, but that’s probably because I’ve always been a big anime fan! I still love playing games, although I watch my fiancé play more often than I play myself! We both love Indie games though, it’s awesome to see what people create!
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    • Charlotte says:

      Oh there were so many anime shops! My friend and I went to Mandarake for the manga, but I let him go off to the anime shops as I’m not quite as into that haha

  3. Oh wow!!! My brothers would love this place! Time for a trip to Japan!
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