Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fukuoka Famicom Shops VI: The New 007 and Hakozaki Flea Market

This is kind of an update on two earlier posts in my series on Fukuoka's Famicom shops: 007 and the Hakozaki Flea Market.
First 007. I went in today actually looking for something non-Famicom related, but I noticed that they had totally re-decorated their entire video game section. As I had my camera with me I decided to take a few photos of the new layout as it looks completely different from what it did 6 months ago when I made my first post about the place.

I really like what they have done with the Famicom section. As the photos in my earlier post show, they used to have their Famicom games hanging on pegs from racks. They've totally gotten rid of the pegs and now have all their retro video games on shelves:
I think this looks a lot better than the old system. Something about shelves....I just like them for some reason....
Well, at least I like them for Famicom carts. Having Super Famicom carts on shelves like this really just highlights how mediocre they look in comparison to their flashy, colorful predecessors:
I didn't buy anything as, despite the new look, the stock is more or less the same as before and I've got all the games they have. They did have one decent bargain though, 36 Super Famicom games in a box for 3,000 yen (about 35$ US):
For 2000 yen a similarly sized box of total crap could also be yours:
I was also glad to see that they didn't change a thing about the best part of their store, the glass showcase of expensive retro games:
Anyway, enough with 007, on to the Hakozaki flea market.
Actually, I don't have much to say about the Hakozaki flea market either. They held it last Sunday and I just happened to be passing through so I had a look. One new dealer who I haven't seen before had a selection of Famicom and Super Famicom games out:
These were actually a pretty good deal. They were 300 yen each and he had some good titles in there which usually sell for much more (Super Mario Bros. 3, some Downtown Nekketsu games, etc). I already had them so I didn't make any purchases, but I give him a thumbs up for charging a reasonable price for a decent selection of Famicom carts.

Related Posts:
- Fukuoka Famicom Shops 1: 007
- Fukuoka Famicom Shops 2: The Decline and Fall of the Famicom Empire
- Fukuoka Famicom Shops 3: Mandarake
- Fukuoka Famicom Shops 4: Flea Markets Brought to you by the God of War
- Fukuoka Famicom Shops 5: Don Quixote and Village Vanguard


  1. Oh, I like how the wrapped Fami carts look on the shelves, too. And you're right -- those Super Fami carts are a sea of gray! How are you supposed to know which is which with them turned sideways like that, anyway?

    I'm a bit jealous of that package of Super Fami games you snapped a photo of, BTW. Chrono Trigger, Pop'n TwinBee, Super R-Type, Yoshi's Island and more for about $35? Damn!

  2. The Super Fami carts don't look too good,do they?

    LOL, I agree too. That is a pretty good deal for those Super Famicom games. I like buying games in lots like that where you can see only a few of them on the outside. Its like rolling the dice to see if the games you can't see are good as well. You'd think the stores would only put the good ones on the outside, but in the past I've actually bought some where the best games were the ones hidden in the middle.

  3. Blimey, that box of SFC games includes some that are quite pricey to buy on eBay! :O Nice post as always sir :)

  4. Yeah, they are a really good deal!

    Makes me wish they would do something similar with their Famicom carts!!!

    Incidentally, I've noticed that the Super Famicom is the one console that game shops here inevitably have an over-supply of (and thus put on sale at heavily discounted prices like this). Its very rare to see Famicom, Mega Drive, PC Engine, N64 or any other console's games being sold like this. But Super Famicom carts being sold in lots or at really low per-cart prices is a very common sight. I'm not too sure why that is, I guess there are simply more of them out there.