You know what one of the (many) great things about Tokyo is? It seems to be one of the few places left on the planet where arcades are still a big deal. Having spent an untold number of hours and quarters in various arcades as a kid, this is something I can get behind.
There are a surprising amount of arcades throughout the city — I visited the Sega arcade in Shinjuku, and yeah, I dropped a few 100 yen coins (which is about a buck Canadian).
They have a pretty extensive selection of games. I played a Transformers game, a Mario Kart game (which was the highlight), and a Star Wars game where you actually open a door and step inside a cockpit where a giant wraparound screen fills your entire field of view.
There’s a special kind of energy you get from being in an arcade surrounded by so many games; it’s magical. I’m glad that they still exist somewhere.