Retro Game Shopping List for Japan

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The primary reason for this trip to Japan is to take part in the Evo Japan tournament. I don't expect to get anywhere, but it's more just to say that I've been and attempt to meet and greet some of the old guard that I used to communicate with on the Tekken forums nearly 15 years ago. The other reason is to source Japanese Xbox 360 and find some games to go with it. These are going to be hard to find for a few reasons, 1) I still haven't figured out how stock is organised in Japanese stores... Alphabetically? Nope, 2) The titles will be in Japanese so I'm going to be relying on Google images to show me covers and to pick them that way. Following is the list of games that I'm going to attempt to find (please don't judge me on the type of game they are... it's just for the GS I swear).

  • Bioshock (JP)
  • Bioshock 2 (JP)
  • Clannad
  • code_18
  • Just Cause 2 (JP)
  • MajiTen: Maji de Tenshi wo Tsukutte Mita
  • Mass Effect 2 (JP)
  • Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kioku
  • No Fate! Only the Power of Will
  • Otomedius Gorgeous
  • Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo
  • Tayutama: Kiss on my Deity
  • Time Leap
  • World Love Organization


  • 11eyes CrossOver
  • Catherine (JP)
  • Chaos;Head: Love Chu*Chu!
  • Chaos;Head: Noah
  • CROSS CHANNEL - In memory of all people
  • Dunamis 15
  • Ever 17
  • Gears of War 2 (JP)
  • Instant Brain
  • Memories Off 6: Next Relation
  • Memories Off 6: T-Wave
  • Muv-Luv
  • Muv-Luv Alternative
  • Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse
  • Ore no Yome: Anata Dake no Hanayome
  • Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 4
  • Robotics;Notes
  • Root Double: Before Crime * After Days
  • Shiei no Sona-Nyl Refrain: What a Beautiful Memories
  • Steins;Gate
  • Steins;Gate: Hiyoku-Renri no Darling
  • Steins;Gate: Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram
  • The Idolm@ster: Live for You!

Titles in bold are Backwards Compatible on Xbox One. That list might be a large list, but I'm not expecting to find even a handful of those titles, maybe some of the more popular AAA titles, and a handful of the Visual Novels but that's it.

From what I can see online, most of the retro gaming stores in Akihabara are more aimed at the pre-2005 systems so these might be harder to find that I expect. I will though be attempting to document each store that I visit, give a brief overview of range because that is something the reviews I've been reading and watching lack. It's generally people showing off a few aisles of games and then fawning over the games they found. Doesn't help those that are trying to research, what stores have what sort of range. I'll continue this tomorrow with a plan of action for the known stores that I have found.