My Otacool Room (repost)

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Video game nut | Addicted to Japanese culture both pop and past | Tōkyō-to my spiritual second home | Played Game & Watch for the first time in 1981 ("Ball") and never looked back.
The Netherlands · Nintendoite · http://blog.beforemario.com/

Hi There!

I recently stumbled upon the OTACOOL book, and through it, this site. Now I absolutely love the book and the rooms in there, but going by the sub-title ("otaku rooms") I would have expected some more video game nuts. Granted, their collections are often less pleasing to the eye, but a huge part of otaku culture. Right!? So, here's an attempt to provide some balance. :-)

I love anime, regularly spin some j-pop, and browsing this site has piqued my interest in figure collecting, but my absolute passion is Nintendo. Through the course of well over twenty-five years I have amassed a large collection of Nintendo video games, as well as toys and games they made in the sixties and seventies.

About two weeks ago I posted some pictures of my Otacool room. This post was hijacked by Danny and picked up around the world, resulting in currently well over six-hundred-thousand views. The exposure it received was a nice surprise, and I Iove all the comments you added.

I am reposting the tour of the room because the original post was using low resolution pictures. For posterity (and future Otacool publications?) here they are in their hi-res glory. I have also added some more pictures.

Let me also introduce myself:

  • Name: Erik V (donkey*kong)
  • Location: The Netherlands
  • Age: forty-something
  • Years being otaku: 30+ (it all started with my first pong game, and soon got out of hand)
  • Favorite video game character, console: Mario, Super Famicom
  • Favorite anime: most of Myazaki - in particular Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ)
  • Favorite j-pop: Momoe Yamaguchi (山口 百恵)
  • My motto: never stop playing!

For those of you interested in the history of Nintendo, please take a look at my blog, dedicated to the pre-famicom days.

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Nintendo Virtual Boy (1995), NES (1985), Super Famicom (1990) with Satella View (1995), Nintendo 64 (1996) with 64DD (1999).

And Zelda shrine!

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Central game rig. HD tv is swapped with CRT when feeling retro-ish. But I am not religious about this.

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Game & Watch collection (1980-1991) - coolest handhelds ever.

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Nintendo TV Game 6 (1977), TV Game 15 (1977), Racing 112 (1978), Block Breaker (1979), CTG-HC10 Othello (1980), Family Computer (aka Famicom, 1983) and Famicom Disk System (1986)

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Wall of Nintendo history 1966 - 1986

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Nintendo Ultra Hand (1966), Ultra Scope (1971), Love Tester (1969) and some cool electric clocks featuring Ultra Man, Mirror Man, Masked Rider and Silver Kamen. Nintendo Chiritorie (1979) toy vacuum cleaner (remote controlled) at bottom left. Most of these designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who also created Game & Watch, Gameboy and Virtual Boy.

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Final Fantasy shrine on the right. Many more RPGs in the middle.

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R P G!

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Video game nut | Addicted to Japanese culture both pop and past | Tōkyō-to my spiritual second home | Played Game & Watch for the first time in 1981 ("Ball") and never looked back.
The Netherlands · Nintendoite · http://blog.beforemario.com/