Tsum Tsum Arcade Game

It’s finally here! The Tsum Tsum arcade game is hitting game centers all over! I was really excited to see this at a game center I just happened to be at when I was in Odaiba. Unfortunately it seems that this game is not available at my local game center yet so until that happens I may have to travel to Tokyo every time I want to play…or not.

Volume 1 of the Tsum Tsum mascots.
10 mascots with different expressions and 2 mystery ones!

Unfortunately you can only get mascots at random from gashapon capsules set in the middle of the game screens. Shouldn’t we at least be able to pick the character and then get a random expression? That sounds so much more reasonable!

Anyway, I popped 500 yen into the machine and hit the button to get a mascot. Just to play the game with a mascot you already own or without a mascot is 100 yen. That’s a decent price for an arcade game, but if I’m going to be playing this game and raising Tsum Tsums I want ALL of the mascots and 500 yen every time I play is not decent!

Back to the gashapon. A white capsule popped out at random and I got…

Mystery Minnie! How special!

She’s so cute! Now I just need Donald….lol

If you want to save your Tsums and game play you also need an e-Amusement Pass, which costs 300 yen. This is an expensive game! Fortunately this e-Amusement Pass can be used with other Konami games. One of my favorites is a music rhythm game called Jubeat and another one is also a music rhythm game called Reflec Beat. That’s another post though.

So to start this game you’re going to need to invest 800 yen if you don’t already own an e-Amusement Pass (I left mine at home because I wasn’t expecting to find it while I was out.) and who can stop after just one game. Good job, Disney and Konami.

Since I only had one Tsum mascot it was an easy choice.
I set Minnie on the Tsum spot and was ready to play!

Pink Minnie!

The game play is the same as the app, but there are different versions. I tried the balloon game and it wasn’t very exciting. Random balloons filled with Tsum Tsums are placed on the screen and you need to touch it a few times to get it to burst. It just felt like a waste of time to me, but maybe I just need more practice. Next time I want to try to the spinning screen version. You can also play against other players, but you need access to more than one machine.

Game play instructions! I feel like almost everyone knows how to play this game anyway.

Not bad for my first time ever!

I went back later that afternoon and the machine was empty except for one lone capsule.

My honest review is that even though playing on the big screen is a lot fun, it’s basically the same as the app and the app is free. As a hoarder, erm…toy collector, I really want to collect all of the Tsum mascots, but I know that after volume 1 there’ll be a 2, 3, 4, 5, and it will go on forever until I’m completely broke. I will keep my Pink Minnie and e-Amusement Pass to play from time to time, but I’m going to restrain myself from going even more Tsum Tsum crazy. Even though I really, really want to try and get Donald…) I also would love to try playing against friends!

Let me know your thoughts on the new Tsum Tsum arcade game!

 

 

 

 

22 comments

  1. Richelle says:

    Thanks for posting this! It definitely gave me a much better idea of how the game worked but I agree that it’s quite pricey. But they know that people will pay to play it with the success and popularity of Tsum Tsums.

    I wish I could find someone who’s selling them! I’m a little afraid of the prices though, if they cost 500 yen per play -_-

    • Abi says:

      Playing on the big screen is a lot of fun and my local mall just got it so i’m trying to stay away from it as long as I can lol I don’t really even play the app seriously anymore so it’d be a waste of money to invest in the arcade version…D:

    • Crystal says:

      @tsumtsumjapan on Instagram is selling these at 15 USD each. She/he has a lot of these so you may want to look there if you have a specific character in mind. Saves you time and money=>

  2. tina says:

    Why Donald? Do you get to add the character to the app collection on your phone? Is there a way to find out where they have these machines located throughout Japan? Sorry, so many questions. I will be visiting to Japan for my honeymoon and want to plan accordingly. Thank you in advance.

    • Abi says:

      You don’t get to add the character to the app on your phone, but you can add it to the arcade game version if you’re saving your game play with the e-amusement pass :) It seems like they’re adding machines to more and more arcades. The site didn’t have a list last time I checked, but they might once more game centers install the game!

  3. Sarah says:

    Oooh, I love Tsum Tsums! We just got the stuffed toys mid-February here in the UK, and even then it was just the little screen cleaner ones! I would love to be able to collect these ones too.

  4. Paul says:

    I love tsumtsum.
    I’ve already got 3. My pooh is level 5 but I don’t know how to unlock it.
    On the mobile game you pay to unlock using the coins you collect, but I can’t see this option.

    Anyone know?

  5. サマー says:

    I’ve been playing this game all day. I’m so jealous you got the Pink Minnie!! I’ve been trying to it.. Longer than I would like to admit lol.

    The set of them is selling on Yahoo Actuion for over ¥6,000.. But if you don’t want to pay the ¥500 yen per piece you can look on Yahoo. I saw some going for ¥100-¥350

    • Abi says:

      I keep forgetting to put my Minnie in my purse when I go to the mall, but I’ve been itching to play lately so maybe I’ll try my luck at getting a Donald Tsum :D

      That’s cool that they’re selling them for cheaper on Yahoo! Auction! I’ll check it out! I guess it depends on what they’re charging for shipping D:

  6. Janine says:

    Do you have to present the actual mascot(s) every time you play or does the e-amusement pass save all your collected tsums along with their progress?

    • Abi says:

      I believe you have to place your mascot every time, but I’m not 100% sure so don’t quote me on it. I’ll check out the arcade this weekend and check it out :3

  7. Chrismh says:

    Aw, Minnie is nice, but a pink Minnie is very special~

    We just recently, finally got merchandise related to Tsum Tsums here x3 they were so cute. I actually am not crazy for the app – but I won’t be able to ignore the merchandise.

  8. sunnyrawrz says:

    Hi! I had a question about the tags on pink Minnie. The name on the tag must correspond to the character, right? Are there any signs we can see to avoid buying or trading a fake?

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