Nintendo-Themed Secret Cafe In Japan Is No More A Secret To The World

Published 09/13/2021, 2:57 PM EDT


Nintendo has been a significant part of several people’s lives around the world. The legacy started from Super Mario Bros, and as the years went on, Nintendo managed to etch itself in the hearts of people, especially those who grew up during the 80s and the 90s.

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With so much nostalgia and memories with one game developer, of course, a Nintendo-themed cafe would very much excite fans across the world. And as it turns out, a Nintendo-themed cafe does exist in Japan and was hidden to the public to date!

Toru Hashimoto, a former engineer with Nintendo, opened this cafe in Tokyo and kept it a secret from almost the entire world for a very long time. Fans are thrilled about visiting this landmark in Tokyo ever since news broke out about its opening.

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Source – New York Times

About the secret Nintendo cafe

Hashimoto, a former engineer with Nintendo in the 80s, intended to create memorabilia out of an extension of his living room. This cafe was formerly accessible only to his colleagues and friends. However, he had shared certain clues that only die-hard fans could interpret and thus locate the place. And it was a very difficult task to find this cafe, agree all the people who managed to find it.

Explaining his bizarre way to make fans find this place, Hashimoto says“In games, you have to find the capital or find where your enemies are hiding. So it’s not like you can just walk straight to your destination.”

However, due to conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hashimoto was forced to reveal his little secret cafe to the public.

The public can access this cafe via a reservation system that will guarantee them a table, and the vibe of this place resonates with retro gaming and nostalgia.

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On asking about his decision to open up this cafe to the public, Hashimoto says, “I am shouldering debt, and we are barely getting by, treading water.” The cafe costs $75 for a 90-minutes stay and holds five tables.

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This is indeed a must-visit for all gamers who grew up in the Nintendo era!

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Siddid Dey Purkayastha

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Siddid Dey Purkayastha is an eSports author for EssentiallySports and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from Christ (Deemed to be University). He has always been into gaming since the ripe age of 9 and never looked back since. Apart from his deep love for narrative driven or campaign based games, he also loves casually playing online games such as Valorant, Fortnite, FIFA Ultimate Team, Warzone and GTA Online.

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