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Retro Gaming Havens in Tokyo

In an era where gaming is no longer a niche hobby, there are some who still crave the classic, retro games of yesteryear. Thankfully Tokyo contains a plethora of treasure troves when it comes to classic video games, and we're here to help you find them!

Pokémon Meets KitKat in Awesome Animated Ad

The lovingly animated concept video is too good to be true… for now! But it's still quite the sight!

Retro Gaming in Tokyo

Takadanobaba's Mikado and the iconic Super Potato in Akihabara offer chances to step back into the Golden Age of arcade gaming.

7 Major Otaku Areas Outside Tokyo

Tokyo is famous for 'otaku' hotspots like Akihabara, Ikebukuro and Nakano. But where do you go if you're not in the Tokyo area? We've got your 'otaku' needs covered in seven other major cities around Japan!

'Manifest 99' Rattles into Japan

The award-winning 'Manifest 99,' an ominous and eerie story set on a train inhabited by a murder of crows, is about finding redemption in the afterlife—and is now available in Japan!

Pop the Question with a Pokémon Ring!

This solid gold diamond ring—featuring the adorable Pokémon, Mew—will certainly have them saying “I do!"

Final Fantasy X Cosplay Makes Spira Look Real

Japanese cosplayer Masan spent one afternoon hanging out with a half-dozen very good friends on a rocky coastline, relaxing and playing some Blitzball—like a scene right out of "Final Fantasy X!"

Cute Kirby Pillow Sucks Up Our Hearts

Manufacturer says the adorable new cushion based off of Nintendo's beloved character “makes the dream of being sucked up by Kirby come true!”

This New Pokémon Evolution Isn't So Farfetch’d

A first-generation Pokémon is finally getting an evolved form in the upcoming Pokémon game, 'Pokémon Sword.'

The Coolest Arcade You've Never Heard Of

Just across the river from Tokyo, in the city of Kawasaki, is an arcade with a unique aesthetic and personality that's as big as its selection of games and activities.

Learn Real Ninja Skills Fighting VR Monsters

Experience ninja training and use your skills on an immersive 3-D battleground.

Interactive Pikachu Peddles Pokémon Plushies

If you're looking to get your hands on some adorable Pokémon plushies, check out these new vending machines! These Pokémon Stands will feature an interactive Pikachu to help you select your new buddy.

The Incredible History of Nintendo Explained

Thanks to traditional Japanese playing cards, the Japanese mafia and an extendable toy claw, this company transformed itself into one of the most iconic gaming brands in Japan.

Updated Final Fantasy VII Remake Teaser Video

The annual Tokyo Game Show is the last major domestic event for the developers of the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake to show the game off before its promised release in the spring. And fans could not be any more excited about this video!

Catch a Peek of USJ's Final Fantasy XR Ride!

USJ's Final Fantasy XR Ride is only around until June 24, so be sure to catch it while you can!

Who Will Win in an Epic Manga Character Brawl?

A new fighting game will pit some of your favorite 'Shonen Jump' characters like Luffy, Naruto and Goku against one another in a crossover brawl of epic proportions.

10 Ways to Enjoy a Rainy Day in Japan

Don't let rainy weather dampen your day—there are still plenty of ways to have a good time!

Turn Your Child into a Hero of Legend

A Dragon Quest baby draws near!

Pixel-Perfect Real-Life Food Art

Japanese artist Yuni Yoshida creates artwork that looks like it sprang from the screen of retro video games using analog techniques and real food.

Escape Reality at Surreal New Tokyo Café

The Chamber of Raven is a new Gothic and steampunk-inspired café that feels like a fantasy sprung to life.

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