Super Gaijin Ultra Gamer takes us on a tour through a Massive Retro Store in Japan!
Mandai is a pretty big chain of stores here in Japan. They specialise in almost everything retro, used, or quirky in some way.
The only trouble with these stores is that the prices vary dramatically, and to get a good deal it can be rare. Still, I have bought some very nice items from this place in the past, but on this trip it was not to be.
It’s always a good sign of an interesting store when there is a giant robot out the front right?
And it’s even better (as a sign of a place I want to go into) when the giant robot is sporting a game controller as a belt buckle.
The range this place carries is nothing short of amazing, but the stock doesn’t seem to rotate all that often unfortunately – mainly due to the prices. Don’t get me wrong, the prices are quite fair on average, but they’re just not the usual jaw-droppingly cheap that a game hoarder becomes accustomed to here in Japan.
This item bellow is something I hadn’t seen before. Maybe Sean from the Famicom blog can shed some more light on it. It is a Karaoke unit for the Famicom of all things. I would love to hear the 8-bit renditions of 80s J-Pop that would come with it! I was very tempted to pick this up, and in all honesty I might go back and grab it if anyone can fill me in on it.
A few N64s for the taking
There is so much here that getting everything in a single shot is pretty much impossible. Below we have a few pics of the Super Famicom sections.