Location: Japan: on the closing of an arcade, many are the open doorways

(Cowl picture with Atlas Obscura, thanks additionally to everybody who despatched details about Anata No Warehouse in)

It was a short time in the past that our final location monitoring station was not printed, both due to the slowing down of this information or as a result of I didn’t discover myself. As we speak's day can be barely completely different from the norm, as a result of I’ll first discuss a closure, then an sudden development of openings, all positioned in Japan.

For the dangerous information, now we have the approaching closing of probably the most iconic arcade websites on the planet, the Anata no Warehouse in Kawasaki, Japan. Whereas I assumed we had already lined it on the positioning, apparently not. It's one thing I've identified for a very long time, with this set up designed to seem like the one which comes straight from the well-known fortified metropolis of Kowloon, which was as soon as in Hong Kong. Kotaku has a set of Japanese tweets the place it’s reported that the closure of Anata no Warehouse can be closed on November 17, thus ending the period of a spot conducive to the creation of latest works. sights. Hopefully this is not going to be the tip of the story, nevertheless it's unattainable to say with out speaking to the proprietor of the place and ask him what his plans are for the long run. RIP ANW

The place a door closes …

Nonetheless, all hope is just not misplaced, particularly in Japan, as many locations open their doorways within the nation. The rationale why ANW closes is unclear, but when not, the financial system has given approach to robust progress in new leisure venues.

To be truthful, not one of the areas beneath have the identical attraction because the one introduced by ANW, from what I can say. Most of those new websites appear to take a web page of developments in america and provides it a Japanese cultural contact. They notably agree with the thought of ​​the "Household Leisure Facility" that you just discover right here in america, however as a substitute of darkish playrooms, they make them brilliant and welcoming for households. A number of appear to have gentle playgrounds for youths, whereas mentioning that arcade video games are a part of the choices.

No matter what you consider the mannequin used, progress is necessary, which is necessary. We'll begin with those that ought to open quickly, after which return after I printed the final article on location (August), we'll give twenty in whole. I’m stunned by so many locations opening up this quarter and, to be sincere, I don’t comply with up on Japanese financial information fairly often. But when the variety of leisure that opens begins to be barometric, I might say it's an enormous development. Additionally it is fairly attainable that details about a spot has been missed and a few could also be opened after the posting of this message. So, don’t take this for "simply" 20 new open services there!

The Record

Furukawa on Soyu Playground in Aeon Metropolis Furukawa in Osaki (December) <- 180 gaming machines arriving at this one.

Opening of Capcom Retailer Tokyo at Shibuya PARCO Nov. 22 – I have no idea if this may have arcade machines, however this was promoted beneath the Capcom Amusement Facility division

Taito will open the Tokyo Exbar in mid-November for a "connoisseur expertise" and gaming expertise. This doesn’t seem like conventional arcade video games, nevertheless it's an expertise play outdoors the home, regardless of.

Morley's Fantasy Opens at Hyperlinks Umeda Complicated in Osaka (November 16)

Rakuichi Rakuza Sasebo Fifth Avenue Retailer in Sasebo, Nagasaki (November 1)

NICOPA and Tokorozawa Nico Floor inaugurating at Life Hack Mall Properties Tokorozawa, Saitama (October 31). This can be the "kids's enjoyable" retailer talked about within the article.

The Gehaku Arcade Sport Museum will reopen after the summer time holidays of October 27

Gachagacha No Mori retailer to open on the Matsudo Terrace Mall in Chiba (October 25) – Properly, this one cheats 😛 It's not an arcade, however a paradise for merchandising machines. I discover it fascinating to see how locations like this exist.

Reopening of Taito Station in Toyama after a renovation (October 19)

Opening of FEC Amipara Shinnanyo in Shunan, Yamaguchi (October 11)

Station F of Taito Mukaigaoka Yuen in Kawasaki (October four)

Opening of Sega Smark Isesaki in Isesaki, says the most important leisure middle of North Kanto (October four)

Amusement PLABI "Morage Sakai" opens in Sakai, Chiba (October 1st) – 24 hour leisure facility

Taito Station opens a free Tokiï Tozai retailer in Akihabara (October 1) – Seems to be like a pleasant "gap within the wall" filled with cranes, no video video games

PLABI enjoyable "Mito Opa" opens its doorways in Mito Metropolis, Ibaraki (September 20)

Amipara opens a brand new web site in Kumiyama (Kyoto, Sept. 20)

The Sega Aeon Mall Arcade & 'Enjoyable Village' Opens in Takaoka (September 14)

Opening of the PLUS and VR zone gate of Namco SAKURA MACHI with Asobi Park in Kumamoto (September 14)

Opening of the Taito F station in Hachinohe (August 10)

Apina opens the large FEC in Inzai, Chiba (August 10) – 350 video games, though lots of them appear to be prize titles.

In order that's … sure, it sucks that an arcade as cool and effectively thought out as ANW is closing, however the Japanese market is rebounding because it adopts its model of the FEC mannequin within the nation. I actually hope that a better variety of "mother and pop" areas will open their doorways, a priority I'm having right here in america as a result of I’ve a FEC that opens up their doorways simply down the corridor in entrance of me (they obtained their video games this week and are exhibiting an enormous entrance within the arcade space from the meals court docket, so that they're positively defending my very own enterprise with a blitzkreg of titles and flash). I additionally noticed the FEC development within the US and questioned if it was a bubble or not. To this concept, a multi-million greenback FEC abruptly closed on the Mall of America a couple of weeks in the past, however as at all times, I need to do not forget that this doesn’t imply that the sector has misplaced its viability. The rationale some locations are closed is at all times richer than the "closed for enterprise" signal.

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I’m a longtime fan of video video games and I function my very own arcade, The Grid Arcade Sport in West Valley Metropolis, Utah, since 2008.


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