Japanese Game Hunt: Day 1


The targets for today were the two HARD-OFF's out near Mitaka. I'm picking this as the first day because it's close to the Ghibli Museum which I guess is somewhere most people looking for games might also want to see, so if you're planning on going to the museum, then you can also add these to your list of things to go to in the area.

If you're stationed in Akihabara it's fairly easy to get out to Mitaka. You take the JR Sobu line (Yellow) which will take you out there direct for ¥390.

HARD-OFF (Kichijoji)

I had read the map wrong with this one thinking that the store was close to Mitaka station when it was actually next to Kichijoji, so rather than jump back on the train I decided to walk it, in almost freezing temperatures, first mistake of the day. I managed to get to the shop just as it was opening (11AM). Upon getting there I thought that this would be a dead end as up stairs was musical equipment and so on (some HARD-OFF's have selective ranges I've heard), but down stairs they had a limited range of games, but enough to nab the following.

  • サムライスピリッツ閃 (Samurai Shodown Sen) - ¥2,000
  • マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ (Muv-Luv Alternative) - ¥1,500
  • Chaos;Head らぶChu☆Chu! (Chaos;Head Love Chu*Chu!) - ¥1,000
  • STEINS;GATE - ¥800

After scoring three titles from my list I moved onto the next location, but jumping a train back to Mitaka for ¥190.

HARD-OFF (Mitaka)

This one was a disappointment. Second mistake of the day was walking the 4.5km to this one and not catching a bus (I couldn't figure out which ones would go past it so I just pushed on). The rang was actually decent with about 100 odd Xbox titles. If you're after other systems there was plenty for most "common" systems so I wouldn't say this place was a dud, it was better than the first, much better. What was a let down for me was that I didn't find a thing in their limited Xbox range.

On the way back I decided to grab one of the buses that I knew was going to Mitaka Station for ¥220. I was beat, the cold had got to me and I was ready to just call it for the day. As I got back to Akihabara I decided to swing past TRADER2 as I hadn't been in there yet.

TRADER 2 (Akihabara)

Gold mine! Extensive range, a little pricy, but wow did I pick up more than I should have.

  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate - ¥4,000
  • Robotics;Notes - ¥1,260
  • Instant Brain - ¥1,280
  • Catherine - ¥1,060
  • Chaos;Head Noah - ¥926
  • 11 Eyes: Cross Over - ¥834
  • THE iDOLM@STER: Live For You! - ¥826
  • BLAZBLUE コンティニュアム シフト (BLAZBLUE Continuum Shift) - ¥800
  • 俺の嫁 ~あなただけの花嫁~ (Ore no Yome: Anata Dake no Hanayome) - ¥726
  • STEINS;GATE 線形拘束のフェノグラム (STEINS;GATE Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram) - ¥400 (DOUBLE-UP)
  • STEINS;GATE 比翼恋理のだーりん (Steins;Gate: Hiyoku-Renri no Darling) - ¥150

Again I walked away with more than I should have. I now have to figure out how I'm going to fit this all into luggage. The third mistake was the double up of the STEINS;GATE Game, which only cost me ¥400, so no big deal. Fourth mistake, that Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate  "Collectors Edition" is a giant box. I didn't know it at the time, I saw the price tag and knew that the game was sort of rare, so I thought they were just trying to get top dollar. Nope it's a box full of all sorts of crap. I'll show case each of these titles when I get back as I play through them all and rate them in difficulty.

I'm going to take a day off hunting and actually do some touristy things tomorrow (maybe drop by where I saw EVER 17 and grab that if it's still there. I'm currently sitting at 14 of 39 from my list of titles I wanted to grab, a handful of which are just western stacks which I'm not really concerned about.