Iconic Sega Ikebukuro arcade to open a new shop across the street

Fans were saddened to learn that the iconic Sega Ikebukuro GiGO arcade was shutting down after 28 years of business, but they can now rejoice with a new location set to open across the street.

The Sega Ikebukuro GiGO arcade went down with a big party last month to commemorate the 28 years of business. Staff and fans gathered to say their goodbyes on September 20 for one last day.

The arcade also left a thank you tweet that stated the following:

Thank you for all of the messages you’ve sent us following the shop’s closure. With all the work completed today, it is now truly a goodbye.

We will never forget the many memories we’ve made together in this area of Ikebukuro.

We will look forward to being able to see you again someday.

However, as it turns out, that “someday” ended up being a lot sooner than expected. Sega announced that a new Ikebukuro arcade would open on October 22 as part of the “Ikebukuro Project Vol. 1.”

The best part about it is that it will not only be in the same part of Ikebukuro — but just across the street. The new Sega Ikebukuro arcade will open in a spot that was previously an arcade that closed last year due to the pandemic.

Iconic Sega Ikebukuro arcade to open a new shop across the street

The new arcade shop has five floors. The first four floors will feature crane games and arcades. The top floor will feature a cafe by Ichiban Kuji, the guys behind the monthly raffle lottery with various anime and video game themes like Mimikyu and Kirby.

The grand opening for the new Sega Ikebukuro arcade is on October 22, 2021. While things won’t be the same as it was in its previous location, it’s always good to see arcades make a return after going through rough times.


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