With the aim of being able to say, “There’s nothing that we don’t have,” the second-hand retro game specialty store “Friends” deals in retro game-related products. Each part of a product—the box, the manual, the game itself, and any accessories —is individually labeled and rated on a scale of ABCD. The system is there so that customers understand why two copies of the same product are priced differently. Also, all games have been booted up and their backups are confirmed, and the store allows exchanges within one week of purchase, which should make customers happy.
A bountiful array of retro game cartridges is lined up on the shelves that cover this whole wall. While we were collecting material for this article, an Englishman came to the store. “I’ve always loved video games, and at long last, I could find what I’ve wanted, so I’m really excited!” he told us enthusiastically. “We want to be a shop that delights in customers saying ‘I found what I’ve been looking for for years and years,’” said the shop manager.
For gamers who play the Famicom Disk System, which was sold in Japan, Friends offers a belt replacement service. This kind of warm care and consideration will capture the heart of gamers.
The prices are expensive, but you can discover valuable titles that are only found here, just by idly looking around.
Friends stocks not only games and consoles, but also other nostalgic items like soundtracks, CDs and strategy guides.
Another feature of the shop is that the accessories from those eras can be found here. The Englishman who previously visited Friends gave their selection rave reviews, saying, “In England, there aren’t any retro games as high-quality as this!” You might find the partner you’ve been looking for here.
- ADDRESS：Shinetsu Kanda Building 2F, 3F 6-14-13 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
- HOURS OF OPERATION： From 11：00 to 20：00.
- CLOSED：Tuesday except in case of Holiday. If Tuesday were holiday, closed on Wednesday