I was taking my friend Sophie (AKA Ghettozoid) around Bangkok for the whirlwhind tour of food, markets and shopping (as well as avoiding the protestors who are everywhere at the moment) and came across this little gem that just had to be shared.
Hidden in the back corner of the 6th floor of the famous MBK Centre is the O-Corner Wholesale Game shop, a market stall with a difference. Rather than selling pirated video games like all the other stores in the building, this shop specialises in the real deal. But I’m not talking Playstation or X-Box.
They have a large range of: SNES, N64, Super Famicom, Sega Megadrive/Genesis (I even saw one built into a freaking TV!), Sega Master System, Gamegear, Dreamcast, NeoGeos – this place has serious geek cred. Cartridges aren’t cheap (you are looking at 1000-1500 baht per cartridge, but if I had the money I’d be buying everything in there.. the place is nerd nirvana.
O-Corner is the only store I’ve seen in my life that is absolutely full, from floor to ceiling with vintage video game products, of the sort that you just never see in the western world. Staffed by a Thai guy, and I believe operated by a Japanese business partner, they score the second hand markets in South East Asia to track down vintage video game cartridges and consoles that we grew up with in the 1980s.
How to Find O-Corner – Retro Video Game Store in Bangkok:
To find them take the BTS to National Stadium, get out at the MBK exit and go through the Tokyu department store into the mall itself. Take the escalators to the 6th floor and take a right towards the far corner, there you’ll find this treasure trove of vintage video gaming awesomeness.
444 MBK Centre, 6th Floor, Paco Zone
No. R44, R45 Phatathai Road.
Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330
+66 2 892104411