Pink Gorilla aims to re-create the experience of visiting the Akihabara district, where stores like Super Potato overwhelm visitors with a whirlwind of gaming history. What Pink Gorilla is, though, is something even better than a direct re-creation: it’s a uniquely American spin on Japan’s iconic gaming stores.
Only the very nerdiest among us will be excited by the Boss Fight Books series — which is why I got very excited and bought one (on “Spelunky” by Derek Yu).
Upon entering Pink Gorilla, I felt overwhelmed. Despite the store’s diminutive size, it packs a pretty intense blast of video games.
That’s by design: Like the jam-packed gaming stores of Tokyo’s Akihabara district, Pink Gorilla is intended to celebrate games.
Here’s what it’s like:
It outshines the hype, even.
They’re a series of books that are each written as one-offs — each book is about one specific game. Sometimes they’re written by the game’s creator, and sometimes they’re not.
Its two locations in Seattle are a pilgrimage for video game devotees, and I finally made the trip during a visit to the area earlier this year.
Now that I have, I’m here to tell you: It lives up to the hype.
After hearing about it for years, I finally visited Seattle's iconic Pink Gorilla video game store. The hype is beyond justified.