I am a huge fan of video games. I always have been. I think that some of my first experiences with Japan and Japanese culture came from my obsession with NES and SNES. The way that things work with me is shelter>games>food>clothes (I feel like a grown-up because I put the shelter part into consideration first before purchasing any games).
However! Console gaming doesn’t need to be done at home anymore…Not when you live in Japan.
Here are a few places where you can totally toss a few beers back while playing Duck Hunt with your friends:
SPACE STATION （Osaka）
●Access：3 minutes from Shinsaibashi Station
3 minutes from Yotsubashi Station
●Features：It has a nice atmosphere and there are even games from other countries! The owner is not Japanese, so the place is popular with tourists and expats. This place is ranked #2 on Tripadvisor for Osaka city sights.
Game Bar Ninety （Shinjuku）
●Access：30 secs from Toei Shinjuku Line Akebonobashi Station
●Features：This cafe/bar is based on subculture in the 80s and 90s.
It is free to look around the things that they have on display.
8bit café （Shinjuku）
●Access： 1 minute from Shinjuku 3-Chome
●Features：This bar is dedicated to the subculture of the 80s and fittingly has everything popular from then, not just games. Events are held here every so often.
Star Club-スタア☆倶楽部 （Shinjuku）
●Access：1 minute from Shinjuku 3-Chome Station
●Features：A game bar run by video game developers. It has a posh atmosphere and is kitsch in a good way.
Game & Music Bar Capsule （Machida）
Address：東京都町田市中町1-16-11 なかじまビル3F B
●Access：3 minutes from Machida Station
●Features：Enjoy delicious food and drink while you discuss electronic and non-electronic gaming.
Videogame Bar ” B’ ” – ビデオゲームバー「Ｂ’」 （Nakano）
●Access：5 minutes from Nakano Station
●Features：The place feels like when you would go to a friend’s house to play the latest Famicon game. Games are set up to play at every table. Enjoy a drink while you play!
Famicon City ファミコンシティ （Shibuya）
[Weekdays] 17：00～(next day)02：00
[Fri.／Before a holiday] 17：00～(next day)05：00
[Sat.] 14：00～(next day)05：00
●Access：5 minutes from Shibuya Station
●Features：Every table has a plasma screen in the table so you can play games as a group with the entire table. There are various different consoles, hardware and attachments you can enjoy.