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Gaming Goodness for the geek in all of us!

Shoganai

Shinjuku, Jamie, Sam

Being born in the same small Australian town as Brad Pitt, Jamie has spent much of his life fending off questions about he and Brad's early life as "Mates". Unable to avoid the constant questions and comparisons to Brad, Jamie fled Australia and has found peace in the sleepy Japanese hamlet of Oami. As an English teacher (funny huh!) Jamie has been able to spread the glorious Australian form of English know as "Occa".
A somewhat uneducated brute, Jamie was expelled from the school of life......twice.

Gaming Goodness for the geek in all of us!

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Shinjuku, Jamie, Sam
On Sunday, Samantha and I went to check out a store I had been told about by one of my students. I was told it sold a "few" second hand games and cd's. Armed with a well drawn map (thanks Saori!), we traveled 3 stops from Oami on the Togane line to Gumyo. After walking for about 30 mins in sweltering humidity, we came to our destination. 2 large black shops loomed in the distance. From the outside, it looked like one of those stores where you purchase goods aimed at, shall we say, the more mature market. Upon entering the store, I was transported into what can only be called the "Nerd Nirvana". WOW, a few second hand games I was told! What stood before me was a massive collection of second hand games, CD's and Manga. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I didn't know where to start.
I realize that this is not really the type of thing most of you are interested in but please, I beg of you, allow me this one indulgence.
Please enjoy my pictures, or at least pretend to enjoy them.



The black behemoth.

Loose Super Nintendo games.

Boxed Super Nintendo games.

Famicom Disk system software.

PSX software.

Sega Mega Drive software.

Sega Saturn software.

Accessories and Hardware.

Boxed N64 software.

Loose Famicom software. Literally thousands of them.

More loose Super Nintendo software. There was about 20 or so racks like this.

Game and Watch 0_o. Lots of older hardware.

Neo Geo PC GT and a PC LT. Very expensive.

More older hardware.

Note the Vetrex down the bottom. A lazy 498,000 yen. 5,782.79 AUD

Assorted "rarer" software. I use the term rare loosely as there was quite a few copies of each.

More "rarer" software.

Sega Master System and Neo Geo software.

Overview of the store. I was mopping up drool by this stage. :)

Overview of the store.

Overview of the store.

Overview of the store.

Anime. The Japanese get a raw deal when it comes to anime pricing. Madman Australia for the win!

Second hand current and next gen hardware.

Second hand current and next gen hardware.

Second hand current and next gen hardware.

Note that the second hand DS Lite was 4000 yen more expensive than a new one from places like Yodobashi and Bic camera. The DS Lite is fairly hard to find hence the high used prices.

"Some" Manga!

"Some more" Manga! This was insane. About 2 meters high and 4 rows deep. What if the one you wanted was at the bottom??

There were about 10 rows like this FULL of manga. I bought Yotsuba! vol. 1:)

PSX top 100 second hand games.

PSX top 100 second hand games.

PS2 software.

PS2 software.

PS2 software.

This place was next door. Full of 1 coin figures, models, toys and more Gundam goods than you could point a stick at. This is for another day.

On the train back to Oami. I felt the same. We walked about 5 km in the heat.
  • BenGraven from GAF:

    That is the single greatest videogame store I've seen in my life.
  • WOW

    (Anonymous)
    lived in tokyo and saw similar places but nothing as big and filled with stuff. Awesome.
  • where is this place???

    (Anonymous)
    um, ^ subject... so where is it? in kanto, kinki? where? I must must must go there~
  • (Anonymous)
    is Oami in Tokyo?
  • I had a dream that I worked there and got a lot of free stuff.
  • Henry Aird - Tacoma, WA

    I 'm visiting Japan next Summer...I would love to swing by this place! :D
  • I... wouldn't even know where to start. Although, once I win the lottery I know how my trip to Japan's going to start! :D

    DT
  • I beg you for the address ;)

    (Anonymous)
    I have one word for your photos and that shop:
    WOW.
    I'd like to say more, but I'm drooling too much. ^o^

    Could you by chance tell me the address of this shop? (Is Oami in Chiba prefecture?)

    Are prices moderate?

    Greetings from Germany.

    Manuel D.


  • Why, oh why does england not have shops like this.
  • illin'

    (Anonymous)
    Honestly, that was this is the most illin' store i've seen in my entire life. Consumer pr0n right there...
  • close to the airport

    (Anonymous)
    Sweet~ That's really close to the airport so that it seems easier to hit it on the way in, rather than go to Tokyo from the airport and then take the train for 2 hours again...
    • Re: close to the airport

      It's close to Narita, but it's not exactly easy to get to without a car. However, there's like 6 stores in this chain in Chiba-ken. The closest one I can see to a station is near Keisei Funabashi station, which is between Narita and Tokyo. I wouldn't recommend trying to go to any of these with luggage though. And it's just as easy to get all of this stuff in Akihabara anyway ;)
  • AWESOME!!!

    (Anonymous)
    Dude, when I go to Japan, this is the first place im going!
  • Jawesome! I came like 20 times just by looking at photos.
    I WANT TO... I NEED TO GO TO JAPAN!!!
  • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • Map

    (Anonymous)
    Best blog ever! BTW, would you please ask Saori if it is OK to share the map with us? Thanks!
    • Re: Map

      (Anonymous)
      Maybe Saori could start her own business as a guide for this place
  • WOWZORZ

    (Anonymous)
    THAT IS AMAZING, ITS LIKE SO HUGE! i wonder if they know how many games are in there.
    -Chuck
    (Pckiller)
  • O.O

    Holy Mother of GOD I need to go there! o.o now!!! right now!!!! ::leaves::
    ~Akira Kitano
  • Dan from Boston, MA:

    Holy. Mother. Of. God.

    Why don't stores like this exist in America?!
  • Adrian, UK.

    Amazing stuff, thanks for sharing the pics. You always hear (and see) of awesome stores in Japan, but I think this one might just take the biscuit. Definitely one to leave the credit card at the door for.
  • Your amazing.
  • very nice

    (Anonymous)
    Very nice. I have been 4 times in Tokyo for gaming-shopping purpose and I really do not think in the city there is such good store. In terms of rare stuff i can recognize from pics, only Mandarake shop near Nakano station (very close to Shinjuku) comes close to this place, but it's still behind :)

    And of course, I think prices are lower than Akihabara, where prices are little higher (but still room for good deals, don't worry)

    • Re: very nice

      (Anonymous)
      also nice
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  • Hot freakin' damn..

    How far is this from Tokyo again? The next time I'm going down there I'm popping by instead of htiting up my usual Akiba shops!
    • According to ekikara.jp, Narutou station is 1 hour, 46 minutes away from Akihabara station, and 76 kilometers.
      Route:
      - JR Chuo-Sobu Line to Chiba station
      - JR Sobu Main Line to Narutou station
      Costs 1280 yen each way.

      You may want to consider checking out the Funabashi or Chiba-Chuo stores, since Hamano station (the one near the Chiba-Chuo store) is only 1 hour away and costs 740 yen from Akiba, and Funabashi is a mere 30 minutes away and 380 yen. Addresses and crappy maps available from http://www.furugiya.cc/kanteidanjyusyo.html
  • Gawd damn amazing.

    Anyone besides me notice that the XBox section was empty?

    I don't do imports normally, but if I went there, I think i'd have serious financial problems.
  • I think it's official....I want to win the lottery just so I can afford a trip to Japan and buy up half this store.

    Un-freakin-believable.
  • I think I may have just drooled on my keyboard.

    If you have a business address that would be mighty, I am so going there when next in Japan.
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