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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.
  • Gamer's paradise

    (Anonymous)
    Holy ass shit! Did I just die and go to heaven?
  • João

    (Anonymous)
    I wonder if they'd let me spend my holidays there....

    Seriously, I have never seen anything like that, compared to that, all other game shops I've seen are worth ZERO!
  • Wow!!

    (Anonymous)
    Amazing collection from the last 35 years! If I had the loot I would buy the store from the owner.

    Morph
  • www.ps3focus.nl

    (Anonymous)
    Next Year im going to japan and im definetly goin to pay a visite to that store.. Nice photo's dude your one lucky bastard to live there.
  • (Anonymous)
    I see no Dreamcast stuff.
  • Source link...

    (Anonymous)
    FYI, a link to this page was posted on insertcredit.com, may be why you're getting all these hits.
  • wow!

    jeff from new york

    that looks like thee single most greatest place on this earth
  • Holy...

    Aaron from Perth, Western Australia

    Holy Hell on a Stick. So THAT'S where awesome is made! I bet the train stops and walk through heat humidty etc was WELL worth it. That's crazy.
  • (Anonymous)
    If I was let loose in a place like that, it woudl be a matter of minutes until I was ruined financially. I don't know if I'd be able to carry everything I'd buy there.

    -Rat from GFF
    • (Anonymous)
      Second biggest video game store I've seen this month...
  • Doko?

    (Anonymous)
    So, come next year I'll be living in Japan, are more specific directions at all possible, I must see this place.

    -Scott
  • Great stuff

    (Anonymous)
    I lived for two years on Shikoku, through JET, and I LOVED second hand shops! 50 yen manga FTW!

    *sigh*

    natsukashii....

    - www.jessdoor.com
  • Oh my gosh!

    (Anonymous)
    Alright, I got the link from a friend, and I was BLOWN away. Wow...this is gamer heaven...and for a girl like me, shopping is a fun thing, but for games like these? I would die.

    Wow. Seriously, someday I am going there and getting a few games :D

    Great post!

    Love Always,

    Kristin

    www.xanga.com/all_state_reject
  • ..so that's what multiple orgasms feel like.

    Good sweet Lord in Heaven, that's home.

    Thank you for posting these picturesl now, if you'll excuse me, I have to change my pants.

    -Fuzzy
  • Living Forever

    (Anonymous)
    If I win the lottery, I'm buying several Tubberware containers, locking them into the floor with glass, then directing my family to place my ashes in those tuberware containers when I die.
  • got here through gorillamask.net-
    it was totally worth waiting to see those pics with a dial up modem.
    i came a little.
  • (Anonymous)
    holy shit i want to go there
  • (Anonymous)
    a kid in a candy store...perhaps...but go further...a kid in a candy store with a million dollars in his back pocket. that place is truly nerd nirvana, geek heaven...gamers paradise, otakus valhalla...whatever you want to call it anyone who is even remotely interested in games of any description, anime of all types and manga that people probably haven't even seen before would die to go there. I stand in awe at your venture and beg the gaming gods that one day I find myself in those doors looking at what you have seen.
  • merci

    (Anonymous)
    these are great photos. Gives perspective.

    Sam Murdock
  • That a big store, I wish I was there
  • wow. gaming heaven @.@
  • ok...

    it would be a lot better if they actually sold new current and next gen stuff. who the hell buys sega shit anymore?
  • KOOL!

    (Anonymous)
    that is such an awsome store! im gonna go there and bring my bf too! manga, here i come!
  • Golly!

    (Anonymous)
    That is just obscene! I’ve never seen more games in one place!

    Still, I suppose I can take cold, bitter comfort in the fact that I bought a GBA-DS Lite today without any trouble. They are in plenteous supply in Scotland!
  • awsome store

    (Anonymous)
    This is amazing. however, I noticed that the only thing they didn't have was any virtual boy stuff.
  • man...how could you sleep after visiting that place???
    how much did ya spend there??? :O
    youre a lucky person...you definetly will go to heaven!!! :D
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