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Tokyo Arcade Sets World Record for Crane Games

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On January 7, 2021, the Sega Shinjuku Kabukicho arcade in downtown Tokyo officially received a certificate saying they broke the Guinness World Record for having the most crane games, also lovingly referred to as UFO catchers in Japan, in a single establishment.

The Sega Shinjuku Kabukicho arcade originally opened in July of 2017, and at the time it had both crane games and video games. But in late December 2020 it reopened as a crane games-only specialty arcade (hence the world record). Prior to the reopening, the world record was held by another arcade in Tokyo, Taito Station Fuchu Kururu Branch, where they have a whopping 454 crane games!

So how many crane games does the Kabukicho arcade have, you ask? 477, to be exact. That includes snack crane games, mini crane games, giant plushie crane games, anime figurine crane games, household good crane games, and more.

After the recent Nintendo Switch-related UFO catcher scam, we can’t say we blame them. That doesn’t prevent the games from being fun, though! You just need to know when to stop, which might be particularly difficult with all of Sega Shinjuku Kabukicho’s options.

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