Möbius Games, a pioneer in Japan's Euro game sales

Japanese board game store Möbius Games(メビウスゲームズ) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018.  Möbius Games is a pioneer in Japan's Euro game sales.

Möbius Games website (Japanese)

Mobius Games opened in Kudanshita, Tokyo in 1993.  At that time, there were very few people in Japan know German games and Euro games.  It became a limited company in 1997 and moved to a current store in Suidobashi in 2003.

Although the Japanese board game market has expanded somewhat now, the market size at the time of starting Möbius Games was almost none.  In such adversity, the founder Ryota Nose and His wife kept running tenaciously and laid the foundation for the Japanese Euro game culture.

Möbius Games mainly sells imported games from Germany with own Japanese translation and wholesales to many game stores nationwide.  And it is having a special sale that sells several latest games to its members once a month.  However, sales channels have increased compared to the time of its foundation, the significance of the special sale is diminished.  

Also, it is producing Japanese version for long-selling items or games that are likely to be long-selling.  It provided the Japanese version of Carcassonne, Bohnanza, Saboteur, and some other games in the past.

As the rise of latecomers such as Hobby Japan, Arclight, Sugorokuya, Ten Days Games and so on, Möbius Games' presence has decreased relatively.  However, there are still many people who like Möbius Games.  Many people got together at the games competition of the 25th anniversary of the Möbius Games in April 2018.  In April 2018, a large number of people gathered at the 25th-anniversary games competition of Möbius Games, and it proved the popularity of Möbius Games.

Of cause, I am grateful for Möbius Games.  However, there is a disappointing thing on the other hand.  The fact that small business like Möbius Games kept at the center of Japanese board game world for 25 years means that large companies in Japan ignored Euro games and it delayed the development of Japanese board game world.  But grumbling won't solve anything.  Now I'll merely celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mobius Games.  Happy anniversary to Möbius Games!


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