IN PHOTOS: Inside Tokyo's dedicated Nintendo, Pokemon, and Capcom stores
These photos originally appeared in the website Solid State Now.
For everyone who grew up with a Family Computer, it's part of the ritual to visit the videogame stores whenever one is in Japan.
Now there are new reasons to visit: the new Nintendo, Pokemon, and Capcom stores. These opened in late 2019. The Nintendo store is of note as it's the first official store for the company in Tokyo. It opened its doors to much fanfare, offering exclusive merchandise from some of gaming’s most popular brands and characters. It is located on the 6th floor of the newly renovated Shibuya PARCO Mall, aptly dubbed as “Cyberspace Shibuya."
We'll give you a glimpse of what to expect here.
Of course, a Nintendo store can't just have one Mario statue. Here's one from the iconic plumber's earlier days and another, his modern-day appearance:
They've got adorable Mario shirts:
Link, also a Nintendo A-lister, gets his own statue too.
Anybody want these Legend of Zelda neckties or Mario hats?
Cool but also creepy – as if Mewtwo could awaken and break out of his containment chamber anytime:
This is also the only place you can buy Pokemon products created and designed in collaboration with various other brands and artists like Australian jewelry maker Swarovski, and Japanese graffiti artist Number-D:
All your favorite critters are well-represented. Catch them all?
At the Capcom store, Ryu greets you with a fireball.
You have your standard plushies, shirts, and action figures from publisher favorites Mega Man, Devil May Cry and others.
But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can get a taste of curry that is said to be as hot as the fiery breath of Street Fighter’s Dhalsim; or one that supposedly wards off Resident Evil’s zombies, called Curry of the Biohazard:
There's stuff for the Monster Hunter fan as well.