For most people, the retro king of Akihabara is Super Potato. Besides having one of the greatest collection of retro games in the world, Super Potato also has a fantastic looking retro arcade on its 5th floor. However, it’s not the only one in Akihabara. It’s might not even be the best. Away off from the bustling main street that Akiba Town’s Chuo-Dori, and hiding away in an alley nestled between host clubs is Akihabara’s hidden retro gem— Natsuge Museum.
Natsuge Museum is derived from a combination of the Japanese word for nostalgic (natsukashii) and the words “Game” and “Museum.” It’s on the nose, but that’s what it is— a nostalgic games museum. It’s also easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Only a small sign that reads ゲームコｰﾅ (game corner) gives any kind of hint that you’re on the right street.
You’d guess it was another old apartment or ramen shop if not for the old school videogame posters hanging up to block out the sunlight. Don’t get the wrong idea. Natsuge Museum isn’t a grand museum housing all the gaming classics. Like Super Potato, it’s just a tiny room with a couple dozen of the best cabinets from the 80s and 90s.
Being just a single-floor arcade, it’s quite smaller than the mega-franchise arcades sitting on Chuo-dori, but who needs personal space when you’re blasting away aliens in R-Type. Natsuge Museum crams in as many arcade machines as humanly possible before it becomes a fire hazard– and really, what more could you ask for? There are also machines that are rarer than the ones you’ll find at Super Potato, and it’s worth a visit just to get your hands on them if you consider yourself a true fan of retro gaming.