I love old video games. Not too old ones, like Atari or Commodore 64 or whatever. I speak of the golden years of 16 Bit. Ruled by the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Pixel masterpieces like “Chrono Trigger”, “Secret of Mana” and “Terranigma” are not only the best games ever made, they are timeless. The graphics, the music, the stories. Just amazing.
With that in mind, we went to Super Potato in Tokyo’s electric city Akihabara, the more or less official geek paradise full of old school games. Super Famicom, Genesis, Game Boy. The floors are paved with retro treasures, cheap and expensive. Cartridges, soundtracks, consoles. Special editions and used classics. Stuff that never reached any other market.
It’s absolutely awesome. People are just standing there, playing “Super Mario Bros. 3” on the Nintendo Famicom, having a great time. Two guys were trying to figure out the failed Virtual Boy, surrounded by things I thought I’d never see, like “Secret of Mana 3”, “Star Ocean” or “Final Fantasy V.” So I happily bought the blue version of the Japanese “Pocket Monsters” game for around $5. But next time I’m gonna just buy everything – that’s for sure!
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