Another landmark Sega arcade building is shutting down, as Sega has announced that its Ikebukuro GiGO location is closing for good on September 20, 2021. The announcement comes almost exactly a year after Sega announced the closure of the Sega Akihabara Building 2, which shut down on August 30, 2020.
Sega Ikebukuro GiGO shared the shutdown announcement on Twitter, explaining that the reason is due to the expiration of the building’s lease contract. Sega has decided that, after 28 years, it will not renew the contract for the facility and thanked fans for the longtime patronage. To further thank fans for the years of support, Sega will host special events where visitors can score limited-edition prizes and more before it closes next month. Prizes will be available through UFO catcher crane machines. Additionally, customers can purchase limited-edition goods at the arcade shop.
The Ikebukuro GiGO arcade first opened its doors on July 21, 1993. It features seven floors, plus a basement floor, and houses countless Sega arcade machines. The arcades include traditional arcade games, crane games, medal games, and plenty more. Ikebukuro GiGO opened during a golden era of arcade games in Japan and saw success despite the prominent rise in home console gaming.
However, arcade centers in Japan have struggled mightily in recent years. While the arcades have been featuring more rhythm games, “purikura” sticker picture booths, and crane games with updated awards to keep up with the times, it wouldn’t be enough, as they’ve been slammed with unexpected challenges from the pandemic. As a result, arcade centers, including Sega’s landmark buildings, are starting to close doors for good after many years of service.
You can get a peek inside to see what Sega Ikebukuro GiGO has to offer in the video below: