Super Potato

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Akihabara storefront
360º view of the store's first floor

Super Potato (Japanese: スーパーポテト, Hepburn: Sūpā Poteto) is a Japanese video game store known for its collection of retrogames.[1][2][3]

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The main store is in Akihabara, Tokyo, a district known for its video game, anime, and manga retail business.[4][5] There is a second Tokyo location in Higashiikebukuro.[6] Outside of Tokyo, another location is found in Nipponbashi, Osaka.[1] In total, there are 10 locations.[7]

While the store carries game culture-related paraphernalia, the flagship three-floor store is dedicated to rare Japanese games from older consoles. The first floor hosts the store's Nintendo Famicom and Japanese home PC games (MSX 2, etc.), while the second houses games for more modern consoles: the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and other consoles and handheld games from that era.[5][1] Super Potato added its third floor, a small video arcade, in 2007.[8][1] Games journalists were particularly fond of Super Potato's Famicom collection.[1][5]

Kat Bailey of USgamer described Super Potato as "a museum as much as a shop" based on how visitors serendipitously interact with the games on display, as opposed to the deliberate choice of downloading a game at home. She predicted that the store would become more significant as retrogaming increases in popularity.[3] Wired described the store as "legendary".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Check Out Super Potato, Japan's #1 Retro Gaming Store".
  2. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. "Your Inside Peek at Akihabara's Most Famous Retro Game Shop". Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Bailey, Kat (July 12, 2016). "Why Japan's Most Famous Retro Game Shop Matters More Than Ever". Archived from the original on July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Where Does A Game Called 'Mother' Outsell 'Halo'? Check Out Tokyo's Coolest Street". Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Hitting The Jackpot In Tokyo's Retro Haven, Super Potato". Game Informer. Archived from the original on October 8, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Super Potato Ikebukuro Game Alley - Ikebukuro East Side - Toshima, 東京都, Japan". Yelp. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "お店情報はこちらで! | スーパーポテト". www.superpotato.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Kohler, Chris. "Super Potato Opens Retro Arcade". Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Super Potato's Classic Game Keyrings". Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017.

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