Translation: Arcades in Japan.
The vast majority of my vacation in Japan was spent in arcades. They’re open until 2 or 3 AM and are fantastic. Filled to the brim with games that you’d only watch Youtube videos about.
And crane games. Tons of crane games. Now crane games are big here in Korea too. Maybe more popular here than in Japan, since in Japan the first floor (and maybe the second in the case of Taito Station) would be dedicated to crane games, and the subsequent floors would have actual videogames. Here in Korea, the vast majority of arcades (오락실) are just crane games.
(Don’t ask me about the slimes from Dragon Warrior either. They’re everywhere too. I don’t know what Japan’s national creature is, but if I had to guess, I’d shoot for “slime.”)
Nintendo has a strong presence too. (For completely obvious reasons.) I didn’t know there was an arcade machine for Luigi’s Mansion, but I’m glad there is. Especially with the life-sized ghost vacuums. (Fun fact: Luigi’s Mansion is the last Mario game I’ve played to completion.) Above that we have every 80s kid’s wet dream: a racing game joint-produced by Nintendo and SEGA using (advanced) Power Pad technology. It might’ve taken 30 years, but finally there’s a game that not complete crap for it!
Speaking of Nintendo, tons and tons of Pokemon. Since I’ve already outed myself as ignoring Nintendo after Luigi’s Mansion, I have no knowledge of Pokemon besides the obvious pop culture connections. I mean, I guess if Dragon Warrior is still running strong in Japan, then there’s no reason Pokemon (a younger franchise) wouldn’t also still be running strong.