” We went back home. »Sega returns to the arcade with a new play center in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district

Dry your tears, Sega fans. We missed them too.

September 20 was a sad day for players because Sega’s Ikebukuro GiGO arcade has closed its doors for good. In business for 28 years in one of Tokyo’s largest otaku neighborhoods, GiGO’s closure drew huge crowds to say wistful goodbye to a place where so many happy memories had been created over the course of nearly three decades.

However, during the farewell festivities, Sega hinted that he was looking to go back, and it turns out that it is arrives earlier than any fan expected.

As part of its Ikebukuro project, Sega returns to Ikebukuro this very week with the opening of a new arcade. It also won’t be difficult for former GiGO customers to find, as it is right in front of where the now closed arcade was.

▼ The now closed Sega Ikebukuro GiGO, right, and the new Sega Arcade building, before its renovation, across Sunshine-dori Street from Ikebukuro.

It’s actually a kind of homecoming dual video game, because the building that Sega is moving into was once the home of Project love, an arcade-centric crane-centric arcade with an emphasis on anime-themed prizes, which closed in the summer of 2020.

▼ Project loves, before its closure

The new Sega Arcade will be a five-story facility, featuring video games in the basement, crane games on floors 1-3, and an Ichiban Kuji cafe on the fourth floor, which will alternate themes in keeping with the popular Ichiban Kuji animated product lottery series.

▼ As the exterior facade has still not been removed from the old arcade, Nao Kataoka, president of Genda, the company that runs the Sega arcade chain, proudly tweeted that at the moment Sega is represented on both sides of the street.

” We went back home “ and “I Ikebukuro” read the posts on the windows of the new arcade, and reactions online show love is more than ready to welcome Sega again, with comments such as:

” Great news ! “
“Absolutely the best arcade fans in the community could have hoped for!”
“I was wondering what was going to happen to the vacancies [Adore’s] building. “
“It’s smaller than the old place, but I’m happy to have a Sega arcade nearby.”
“I can’t wait to go! “

22 october will be the grand opening of the new arcade, just over a month after GiGO closed. As noted, the new facility isn’t as big as the old one, but in another happy announcement, the new arcade is just the first of three stages of Sega’s Ikebukuro project.

Source: Public relations time, Twitter / @ GENDA_Kataoka Going through Anime News Network / Crystalyn Hodgkins, Twitter / @ amnet_official
Top image: PR time
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