Southtown Arcade, a Japanese video game arcade, just opened up in San Francisco, right next to Chinatown.
As Gamepro details, the store opened within the past two weeks but hasn’t yet had its official “Grand Opening” ceremony.
Still, interested gamers can head down to the arcade and play some authentic Japanese-style video games, such as Street Fighter.
As expected with a Japanese arcade, the games are housed on cabinets, better known as “candy cabs” by hardcore arcade enthusiasts.
As Gamepro’s article mentions, At the moment, South Town’s cabinet selection is Argulo’s personal collection; almost a dozen machines that he and his partners trucked over to the building one by one. Near the entrance is the first cabinet Argulo purchased: a bright red Namco machine with crystal-style buttons, Street Fighter II installed, and its own velvet stools that are also straight from Japan.
Southtown was founded by Art Argulo, a big gaming fan who just collected all the gaming cabinets he could until he could feasibly open an arcade. Southtown is that arcade, and it is Argulo’s vision come to life. He and his business partner Simon Truong worked tirelessly to obtain the permits for the building, the space, and over time made their dream a reality.
Southtown Arcade’s website provides a long list of the games currently on display for customers:
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike
Magical Drop 3
SNK vs Capcom: SVC Chaos
The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match HERO
Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core
Capcom vs SNK: Millenium Fight 2000
Street Fighter II’: Hyper Fighting
Capcom vs SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001 (down for the count, sadly… GD-ROM drive exploded! Will be back ASAP!)
The store does have unusual hours of operation, but it would make sense if the hours expand when Southtown has its grand opening sometime soon.
The arcade also sells custom-designed t-shirts, making it more than just a room filled with video games.