A trip to Akihabara and two Shinjuku eateries
posted on 09.08.13 at 10:07 AM EDT by (@)
I visit HEY, Kotobukiya, Square Enix Artnia, and more.

Sofmap Amusement

The next shop I visited was a seven-floor mega-store called Sofmap Amusement. Right outside, there was a big Splinter Cell: Blacklist advertisement and TV screens highlighting the biggest upcoming handheld games (Monster Hunter 4, God Eater 2, and Pokemon X and Y).

PSPs, PS Vitas, PlayStaton 3s, and PS3 accessories are showcased behind glass. Next to the PS Vitas is an ad promoting Docomo 3G service and Phantasy Star Online 2. Not far from there is a section composed the latest relases, which at the time of my visit included Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life, Mind 0, and Killer is Dead.

Here you’ll see The Witch and the Hundred Knights and a few Wii U games like Yakuza 1&2 HD for Wii U and Pikmin 3. Next to that is a wall of PlayStation 3 games separated by genre. There’s role-playing, action, an more.

Here’s a display PS Vita showing off Ragnarok Oddysey Ace, which launched in Japan on August 29. Next to that, an advertisement for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

That baby-making RPG Conception II seemed to have a good amount of advertisements across Akiba. Next to that, you’ll see some budget games, like Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for (approx. $30) or Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for 980 yen (approx. $10).

Some advertisements for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Monster Hunter 4, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, and Toukiden.

Here’s some Lost Planet 3.

PS2’s greatest hits! Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System, Dragon Quest V, Dragon Quest VII, Romancing Saga, Drakengard, Tales of Symphonia, Persona 4, and many more.

Some Tears to Tiara II and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn advertisements.

And Killer is Dead and Dragon Quest X.

Kunio-Kun SP, Arc System Works’ latest game for 3DS, launched on August 8 in Japan.

More Kunio-Kun SP and Earth Defense Force 2025.

The Ace Attorney series is pretty popular in Japan. Below its advertisement, you’ll see some 3DS games organized by genre like adventure, anime, and rhythm games.

These pictures were taken before JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle and Super Robot Wars OG Saga Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice launched for PlayStation 3.

Mario Kart 7 still tends to make the weekly top 20 sales in Japan. Maybe it’s because the game is still being advertised (or maybe Japan just loves Mario). Next to that, you’ll see an Action Replay Code Book with Mewtwo on the cover.

A bunch of Action Replay stuff for all you cheaters out there. And look, Xbox 360 games! Steins;Gate actually started out on Microsoft’s platform, but was eventually ported to PC, PSP, iOS, PS3, PS Vita, and Android.

More Xbox 360 games, organized by genre, and a Monster Hunter hype display.

More Monster Hunter 4 hype and New Super Mario Bros. U.

Some 3DS games and PSP’s big-chested Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.

The limited edition version of AKB1/149 Renai Sousenkyo for PS Vita and PSP (this is also coming out on PlayStation 3 soon), and some refurbished PlayStation 3s.

Dragon Quest!

Some more posters.

And that’s Sofmap Amusement! Here’s a shot of the store’s floor map. And another of me walking away. Bai bai, Sofmap!

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  • http://lukalovesgames.blogspot.de/ Alkaid

    …Okay, I only looked through page 1 and you will laugh at this, I’d already be in a very huge dept past this point. Even despite the fact that I would’ve bled to death after visiting that basement…

    At least dying in pure bliss because of that Shining Arc Material Collection would be possible! T/////T

    Edit: Already scared of the next pages (especially the capcom cafe), but thank you very much! This is an otaku’s dream! : – :

  • Zackasaur

    I am very jealous of Square Enix Artnia.

  • LastBoss

    Who went there and took these pics?!! I hate you in the best way possible!!!


  • Ace

    This is awesome.

  • LastBoss

    Kinggggggggg Slimeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

  • Finalshoryuken

    That Street Fighter the movie is too OP!!!!

  • PintSizedPurple

    Looks like it was fun!

  • Joshua ‘Near’ River’z

    Look like you really have a good time there ^__^

  • Charlie

    Those Studio Ghibli figurines! I WANT!

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Awesome! Thanks for posting all of this. I would love to visit all of these places one day.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    The closest I’ve come to this was Little Tokyo, awesome experience

  • almostautumn

    Man— the most interesting thing I have near me in Jersey is a Wendy’s that’s open until 2 in the morning.

    Someday, Japan, I will arrive!

    • Kobracon

      Word of advice, learn quite a few key Japanese phrases or get a friend who speaks Jap.

  • AnimusVox

    I really want to visit SE’s Artnia.

  • Willgaea

    I’m not really digging Kye’s Mullet.

  • Kobracon

    Page 2: Omg does Japan actually LIKE the Street Fighter Movie?

  • Kobracon

    Page 3: Where are the SRW models D:

    Page 5: lol those 4 pics of just DQ XD

    Page 7: Everything sounded awesome till you mentioned the taste. Too bad

    Page 8: Awesooooome……thats definitely my next destination the next time I go to Japan. Is it hard to get in? Was there like a massive line or anything?

  • PrinceHeir


    hopefully i can do this kind of stuff too in the near future!

  • JoeAkihabara

    i think tokiwamusen videogames store has the best prices for 3ds and psvita, but the new releases are a bit expansive. may be is the oldest store of akihabara, looks they are opening the ecommerce website http://tokiwamusen.com