Akihabara's Landmark SEGA Arcade Closing After 17 Years

The popular tourist destination closes this month.

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Declining demand for gaming arcades coupled with the Coronavirus has claimed another legendary victim. Originally opened in 2003 (Akihabara Kigo), the Sega Akihabara Building 2 multi-floor arcade sat in the otaku capital of the world in Tokyo‘s Akihabara district, where it was easily distinguished with its colorful game-promoting banners across its front facade.

Just days ago, an unexpected notice of closure was plastered on the inside of the elevator stating that the beloved SEGA arcade would be coming to an end on Sunday, August 30. The notice went on to thank the fans from the bottom of their hearts for almost two decades of “loving support.”

Those in the city still have until the end of the month to visit the arcade before it closes. There’s no word yet on what will take its place in Akihabara.

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