Welcome to Super Potato, also known as the pure video game paradise of the Far East. The store, which stretches over several floors in Akihabara, is crammed with everything that makes retro gamers' hearts beat faster: Super Nintendo role-playing games, Dreamcast consoles, The Legend of Zelda walkthrough books, Final Fantasy soundtracks, most of it between five and twenty dollars - except, of course, the very special gems, such as limited-edition figures or rare versions.
At the very top, you'll still find a well-attended arcade and a small store where you can buy candy, drinks and merchandise. In the building, which looks rather inconspicuous from the outside, I picked up the Japanese blue edition of Pokémon, including packaging, instructions and map - for the equivalent of eight bugs. A dream.
So if you ever find yourself in the Japanese capital and are a nostalgia-ridden video gamer, stop by the Super Potato store, you definitely won't regret it. It's relatively easy to find, just ask passersby for directions. And even if you aren't really interested in playing videos games, just experiencing the geeky world of such magnitute is worth its time. For real.