We hunt for a PS5 in a high-stakes capsule toy machine in Akihabara

Our reporter doesn’t have an issue although. He can cease anytime he needs.

The sneaky psychology behind capsule toys is how all of us go in anticipating to simply take one flip of the deal with, however often find yourself doing it two or 3 times. It doesn’t even matter what comes out on that first spin, both you don’t get what you want and try again for it, and even once you do get what you need, you’ll try again because you’re on a roll.

Luckily, since these machines often solely cost a couple of hundred yen, it solely quantities to slightly innocent enjoyable. But what if there have been a capsule toy machine that charged 5,000 yen (US$45) a flip?

Such a state of affairs performed out for our reporter Yuichiro Wasai whereas strolling by way of the otaku mecca of Akihabara. In entrance of 1 store named Akiba Liberty was a machine labeled “5,000 yen Gacha”, with the promise that each flip will get a prize.

After inserting the cash, the machine drops a capsule with a numbered ticket inside. This ticket can then be exchanged for the corresponding merchandise within the show case inside the shop. Yuichiro walked in and took a have a look at what was up for grabs.

A variety of things have been on show and the higher-end objects had decrease digit numbers, climaxing in a Nintendo Switch Lite for a quantity “1” ticket. To Yuichiro’s shock a PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) was even up for grabs if he might get a “2” from the machine, and tickets that merely say “prize” will obtain a PS5 or Nintendo Switch.

Our author knew that his probabilities of profitable massive have been slim. This was extra the sport for zany YouTubers to drop an entire bunch of money in alternate for likes and subscribers, not our humble cat-food-eating Yuichiro.

Still…profitable a PS5 for under 5,000 yen can be fairly neat, and Yuichiro has been saving some huge cash by way of his dieting. What might one go harm?

He inserted 5 1,000 yen payments and the “PUSH” button lit up an inviting blue hue. Our reporter closed his eyes, wished for a single digit or at the very least a “14” and smacked the button.

Out plunked a plastic ball with a ticket that learn “12” inside, however that wasn’t all…

There was a second ticket as nicely! Tucked contained in the ball, one other slip of paper with an “18” on it could possibly be discovered.

Yuichiro excitedly hurried over to the person on the counter, however was advised that the 2 papers have been simply an error. It was a bummer, however he might at the very least take his decide of 1 merchandise from both quantity.


When you concentrate on it…

What are the probabilities of getting a ball with TWO papers inside?

It must be astronomical…

Clearly, destiny was telling Yuichiro one thing on this present day…

“Excuse me, might you break a ten,000 yen invoice into 1,000s?” he requested the clerk. A PS5 for 15,000 yen ($136) would nonetheless be one thing to brag about, and a few form of supernatural power was clearly swirling round our reporter. He’d be loopy to simply stroll away from it.

Just two extra tries although, and that might be sufficient to find out if it was only a fluke or if he was actually sizzling.

In the tip, Yuichiro obtained the next three objects for which we additionally included the present retail costs.

▼ A Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Burst of Destiny show case with 30 packs (4,950 yen [$45])

▼ An E-Prize Brook Ichiban Kuji Figure (These figures are solely given away as prizes at comfort shops or amusement video games the place one likelihood is often round 500 yen [$4.50])

▼ A Hori Classic Controller for Nintendo Switch – Legend of Zelda Edition (2,800 yen [$25])

And so, Yuichiro walked away having spent 15,000 yen ($136) on about 8,000 yen ($73) value of stuff. It was fascinating stuff although, so he had that going for him.


When you concentrate on it…

He had already burned by way of a bunch of double-digit numbers, so he was in all probability due for one thing beneath ten…

Maybe even a Switch?

At least a Ring Fit Adventure

So, the following day our reporter returned to Akihabara, armed with 5 extra 1,000 yen payments.

Something good was going to occur. He might really feel it as he heard the plastic ball bounce round contained in the machine and eventually come out the underside to disclose…

▼ “I obtained a 4!!!”

As Yuichiro noticed earlier than, a single digit, particularly one below 5, ensures a top-tier prize value greater than the worth of a single flip. In the case of a 4, he obtained a duplicate of Monster Hunter Rise for the Nintendo Switch, which retails for 8,789 yen ($80)!

Overall, he was nonetheless down by a couple of thousand yen, however clearly his luck had taken a flip for the higher and he might now be extra happy together with his haul.


When you concentrate on it, perhaps getting a Switch recreation was an indication that an precise Switch is likely to be ready in his future. The solely means to make sure is that if he goes again one extra time to strive once more…

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