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Buying from stores in Japan; Where to look for N64 gems
Topic Started: Jul 28 2018, 07:13 AM (169 Views)
Kez
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I thought I'd summarize my experiences shopping for N64 and other games across Japan, for anyone who might plan to travel or live here (or is perhaps simply curious). This guide tells what stores have what kinds of games, and how the prices range among them. Of course, this is aimed at N64 collectors, but it has enough information for anyone who might want to do shopping in Japan.

One disclaimer: it's hard for me to know the average prices of games for this region, since I don't know of any Japanese versions of Pricecharting or Gamevaluenow. All I have to go off of is Yahoo Auctions and Ebay primarily, and there's not tons of data on there to begin with. If anybody has any insight on this topic, please let me know.



Dedicated retro stores

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Multimedia stores

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Secondhand store chains

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Garage sales aren't practiced here, and I've yet to encounter something akin to a flea market that has games, so as far as physical game acquisition goes, this seems to be the majority of what one can do. Does anybody else have insights into buying from physical stores in Japan? I'd be very interested to hear the experiences of others. To tell the truth, I prefer buying online because it's cheaper (and you can buy large quantities all at once), but exploring real stores is always exciting. :mariorun:
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NTSC-J: 180/198 carts
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Strider
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:dance: great details thanks for the information! well done
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Digital
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That's a thorough review, excellent work!

Ebay.com is a good way to compare prices too. I always searched on Ebay by typing in "Nintendo 64 Japan" , and then the title of the game I was looking for. Another way finding cheap N64 games on Ebay is just typing "Nintendo 64 Japan" and then click "lowest price plus shipping".
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Kez
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I agree Ebay is a great source, especially for people importing. The prices are still excellent, even with international shipping.

Sadly I sometimes encounter this:
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So I guess Ebay is great for those outside Japan, Yahoo Auctions is great for those inside. I've found a few other Japanese websites that allow people to sell their retro games, but the prices tend to be way too much.
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NTSC-J: 180/198 carts
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Cabanon
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if you ever come by a Blue Hudson Pad, im interested ! those are rare but not really sought after, so they might be very cheap.
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stinger9142
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Nice to see how other cultures go about things :yeah: Good post
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