Tiny 'Arcade' Set Up In Tokyo Train Station

Tiny 'Arcade' Set Up in Tokyo Train Station

To show how digital payments work on arcade games, the folks at Taito set up a teeny, temporary game center at Akihabara Station in Tokyo.

Digital money payments are not new at Japanese arcades. Over ten years ago, you could use mobile phones to make e-money payments to play arcade games at, for example, Sega's Joypolis.

Tiny 'Arcade' Set Up in Tokyo Train Station

[Photo: Game Watch Impress]

But what is old is new, and Game Watch Impress reports that Taito has outfitted its arcade machines with e-money readers, allowing players to touch their train passes or digital money cards to play prize games.

Since this is a demonstration, they will not actually be charged! Players do get to take home any prizes they win.

What does make these e-money readers different from earlier ones is that a wide variety of e-money cards can be used with them. Here, you can use one of nine different kinds of e-money cards, such as Suica (below).

Tiny 'Arcade' Set Up in Tokyo Train Station

[Photo: Game Watch Impress]

Tiny 'Arcade' Set Up in Tokyo Train Station

[Photo: Game Watch Impress]

These cards are also used to charge subway tickets and commuters just touch them to a sensor at the subway entrance gates. This is why Taito set up the mini arcade in a subway station.

Tiny 'Arcade' Set Up in Tokyo Train Station

[Photo: Game Watch Impress]

The mini Taito Station will be set up at the station today and tomorrow.

Top photo: Game Watch Impress


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