Buying Japanese Arcade Cabinets Isn't for the Weak, Feeble or Cheap

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Perhaps you have dreams of owning your own Japanese arcade game cabinet. Heck, maybe you already do. But if you are in the market for one (especially a Konami music game cabinet), just know what you are getting yourself into.

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Recently, Japanese Twitter user Ronzu uploaded photos of setting up a Beatmania IIDX 21: Spada cabinet. At home.

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If you've ever seen or played one of these cabinets, you'll know they are massive. And, I bet, expensive.

ろんず [Twitter]

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DISCUSSION

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Try owning these games in North America. Much harder to maintain, upgrade, etc. because the Japanese companies do not support your country or the fact that you imported their game out of the zone where it was licensed.

I own 5 japanese music game machines all from Japan. DDR, DrumMania, GuitarFreaks, beatmania and Ez2Dj (well that is is actually from South Korea, but it is the only one in North America). Game PCB's? Good luck getting any. We get the scraps from Yahoo Auctions and from other music game players that no longer want them.

You really need to have a heart for it in this country and sometimes pretty deep pockets, especially with more obscure titles like IIDX, and in my case Ez2Dj. It has, and always will be a bit of a struggle to get parts or kits for these machines.