Put Your Coin In

Look at this coinslot flange, puckering up to take your hyakuen in an industrial-age kiss.

I dug up an image of the actual 205-series train dashboard on which Densha de GO! was based. There was no start button and nowhere to drop a coin. How did they make the densha go?

These gamey details were implemented with such lust for the locomotive aesthetic that they look right at home, and the real thing looks naked without them.


Photographer and writer covering Tokyo arcade life – the videogames, the metropolis and the people