Back in 2003, SEGA opened up a massive arcade in the heart of Akihabara, which attracted anime, Japanophiles, and gamers from all across the world. As the increase in home consoles ticks up and the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the longtime landmark is finally saying goodbye.
There was very little fanfare or notice of the shutdown from SEGA, with some posters plastered across the arcade stating its closure on August 30. Here’s what it officially said:
“Notice of closure
Thank you for your continued patronage. We are sorry to announce that this branch, Sega Akihabara Building 2, will be closing.
Our last day of operations will be Sunday, August 30.
The entire staff wishes to express, from the bottom of our hearts, our sincere gratitude at the loving support you have given our establishment for so many years.”
The arcade will be missed dearly by SEGA fans everywhere, but it will always be in our hearts and memories. RIP.