Japan's Biggest Gaming Obsession Explained | Pachinko

  • Published on Jul 20, 2018
  • Pachinko is Japan's biggest game. And yet many people overseas have never even heard of it.
    ► WHERE we played: Ebisu Cafe in Takayama! bit.ly/ebistakayama
    Many thanks to Ebisu Cafe for sponsoring this video; we’d long wanted to get into a Pachinko parlor to film, and we had a great time uncovering the games history and letting Natsuki loose on the machines.
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Comments • 5 334

  • Jeremy Norman
    Jeremy Norman Hour ago +1

    This is the pokies of Japan?

  • helloareyouokay
    helloareyouokay 2 hours ago

    thankzzz for the one movie of jackie chan

  • Erik Blautzik
    Erik Blautzik 2 hours ago

    Abroad in Japan guy: "Do you have balls"

    Japanese guy: "I have balls of steel"

  • me and my boy rocko
    me and my boy rocko 2 hours ago

    Pachinko sound catchy. I would love to try that.

  • spud0606
    spud0606 2 hours ago

    Wow, you're FAT!

  • Ty Nao
    Ty Nao 4 hours ago

    By 1994, the pachinko market in Japan was valued at ¥30 trillion (nearly $300 billion).[1] As of 2015, Japan's pachinko market generates more gambling revenue than that of Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore combined.[2]

  • Nightcore GOLD
    Nightcore GOLD 5 hours ago


  • Rolando Crisostomo
    Rolando Crisostomo 5 hours ago

    I knew a guy named pachinco, he was always driving some stollen car.

  • BuNcH007
    BuNcH007 6 hours ago

    I dont know about Pachinko, but it looks like the Drugs are top notch in Japan too.

  • ElDeano09
    ElDeano09 11 hours ago

    More Natsuki!

  • Nevets
    Nevets 11 hours ago

    What on earth is a lev-ver???

  • Angelus Nielson
    Angelus Nielson 11 hours ago

    Pachinko is the reason pinball tables say "Not a gambling device" As they are descendants of the game.

    • stevepxs
      stevepxs 5 hours ago

      Angelus Nielson No, they say that because they used to be gambling devices before flippers were introduced. They were banned for decades in areas then a guy set up a demo for a judge and called all his shots to prove it was skill based. The Judge agreed and pinball was back.

  • lekon Guardner
    lekon Guardner 13 hours ago

    8,000 yen in half hour? this guy should be really rich

  • Jo Ski
    Jo Ski 15 hours ago

    He’s hooked
    Wonder if anyone has tried bringing their own ball bearings and cashing them in ?

    • stevepxs
      stevepxs 5 hours ago

      Jo Ski The balls are usually marked, or systems are in place to prevent taking them in or out of the parlors

  • Original_NoLifeGamer

    You say "gaming" I see "gambling." This looks more like a casino than an arcade.

  • Liam Harrison
    Liam Harrison Day ago

    Amazing video.

  • Dalmien Pichardo

    "Ahm oodles of ammo"

  • bryan hall
    bryan hall Day ago

    Okay, so I think the company are genius!! Think about this. They keep the amounts low for people passing by. That means it is like an American arcade room. You're going to either dump off "extra balls" like people drop extra tickets. Basically, they turned a casino into an arcade room for adults! 🤣🤣 fucking genius! They aren't keeping the prices low to show it's now about gambling. They're keeping it low to keep the "prizes" harshly unequal in value, plus the dump off balls. 🤣 epic!

  • Mike Hunt
    Mike Hunt Day ago

    I wanna see one the size of the demon bog from Kaiji lol

  • tobias f
    tobias f Day ago +1

    10:08 Did he just quote Charlie Sheen?

    NAGY IMRE20 Day ago

    natsuki? but its a girl name

  • Zeishura OUST
    Zeishura OUST Day ago

    I rather spent my money on buying some mangas than playing an illegal game 😐

  • Spirikitik Walastik

    Gintoki sakata

  • chiise minnce
    chiise minnce Day ago

    I tought the thumbnail ball is a magnet ball 😶

  • Tormund Giantsbane

    Such a facinating country with some amazing looking culture. Deffinetly a place i would like to visit in my life.

  • Rahaman Michael
    Rahaman Michael Day ago

    When your people have a need you need to SATISFY.

  • Osu nut
    Osu nut Day ago


  • Nakatomi Uk
    Nakatomi Uk Day ago +5

    Konami have adandoned game making to make these machines because with makes them money, they have released Metal Gear Solid machines,

  • Giles Morin
    Giles Morin Day ago


  • Johan Fouche
    Johan Fouche 2 days ago

    Japan is a floating example of the benefits of single cultural societies.

  • D W
    D W 2 days ago

    If each ball is 4 yen then why are 1500 balls 1500 yen?

    • D W
      D W Day ago

      +キミテュ ン Okay, thanks. So can people take the ticket of a price with cheap balls and cash it at a place with expensive balls? Or is the pay always the same? Or are the tickets locked to certain places?

    • キミテュ ン
      キミテュ ン Day ago

      At Ebis it's 1yen/1ball.

  • !!TNTN!! NutsGuys
    !!TNTN!! NutsGuys 2 days ago +1

    Pachinko is for the man not kid guys

  • Esmee Hulskamp
    Esmee Hulskamp 2 days ago +1

    9:22 cant the computer say youve won less then you actually have?

  • Roby 7001
    Roby 7001 2 days ago

    "Sake time"

  • kayumust
    kayumust 2 days ago

    well.. better then an alcoholic i guess :D

  • Trishtandionne Puente

    In america rhat game is called pochinki but with guns

    DYNAMO JOJO95 2 days ago

    Astro Boy!!!

  • The Pocket Gamer
    The Pocket Gamer 2 days ago


  • 3rik fresh generation
    3rik fresh generation 2 days ago +1

    "I am clever i am lucky boy ". thats gonna be my line when I Tbag online

  • ٢٨ G
    ٢٨ G 2 days ago


  • AdmiralFroggy
    AdmiralFroggy 3 days ago

    So it's like slots but with extra steps

  • Dodge Man
    Dodge Man 3 days ago

    Reminds me of a guy who lived in Japan and ran GA there. For 10 years he ran it and not ONE person entered. That would be "Loss of Face" which is highly offensive to them.

  • Zerox Fighteerz
    Zerox Fighteerz 3 days ago

    Gin-san always play this

  • Hello po
    Hello po 3 days ago

    Vid sucks

  • Dhicky Carey
    Dhicky Carey 3 days ago

    May I kiss you?

  • Juicey
    Juicey 3 days ago

    Osomatsu's favorite game :)

  • Eric Swells
    Eric Swells 4 days ago

    I'll take my 1 yen balls to the 4 yen parlors. No?

  • mr table lamp
    mr table lamp 4 days ago

    i understand the game now, what an eye-opener. he say sarcastically

  • Mike Kleinsteuber
    Mike Kleinsteuber 4 days ago

    Could have been a whole lot better as a piece

  • micha McV.
    micha McV. 4 days ago +1

    big parts of the international automats are japanese anyway , i would like to see more about food vending mashines or about the classic sega funmashines for children^^

  • micha McV.
    micha McV. 4 days ago +2

    btw you will never understand becouse what is also adicting is having the winnings directly payed out in this kind of slottys which gives the player something which he can grab and so give him a greater deal of success after heaving won something .
    its like the adddicted players at the cash gaming mashines which often let the wins paya out directly before filling the mashine with it again so they can have hold their winnings in hand and weighed it.

  • micha McV.
    micha McV. 4 days ago +1

    5:00 no i wanne know why the apanese mountainrange is called alps in english ...??
    would be ´´ Nihon Arupusu ´´ the more correct way to say ??

    • Mike Hunt
      Mike Hunt Day ago

      micha McV. Well he’s speaking English so he’s gonna call it alps.

  • micha McV.
    micha McV. 4 days ago

    cashgaming mashines in germany see soon his end since the globalist gov cant do math correctly and took in some citys even over 100% tax!!!

  • 8 billion views
    8 billion views 4 days ago

    abunai yo.....

  • Mr Green
    Mr Green 5 days ago

    Hehe... Chinko

  • Mundane05
    Mundane05 5 days ago

    2:36 is that a Seibu Keisatsu poster?

  • Rusli Dharmawan
    Rusli Dharmawan 5 days ago

    That metal balls look expensive, maybe you can make a fortune by winning a truck per day

  • silva geko
    silva geko 5 days ago

    im still non the wiser how those machines work.

  • Ali the pyrofish
    Ali the pyrofish 5 days ago +1

    Thing is pachinko can be deadly if make the balls into a gun

  • Ali the pyrofish
    Ali the pyrofish 5 days ago +1

    They hear Pachinko PUBG player hear Pochincki

  • Broken Silence
    Broken Silence 5 days ago

    im here because of Godai from Maizon Ikuku playing this game

  • MrTheoLater
    MrTheoLater 5 days ago

    Asian people are chain-smoking gamblers. Going to any casino in the United States and they are everywhere and they are some nasty ass really rude people when it comes to the casino.

  • Vancestone Hall
    Vancestone Hall 6 days ago

    you will never forget the first time you walk into a pachinko parlor. Especially when your not expecting it.

  • Half Ease
    Half Ease 6 days ago +1

    Ingatkan Pochinki

  • rich gasper
    rich gasper 7 days ago

    I have owned pachinko machines since I was a kid for other 40 years. they are fun..

  • Dr. Johnny
    Dr. Johnny 7 days ago +1

    KONAMI a once beloved developer now hated for that exactly reason.
    Suikoden, MGS and many more dead.

  • yubisashi
    yubisashi 7 days ago

    Thank you for introducing pachinko. I'm very glad and enjoyed this video.
    I want to tell more how interesting pachinko.
    I didn't know that Ebisu cafe, It looks amazing.

  • han gubi
    han gubi 8 days ago

    i know this because of kaiji..

  • Elena Kawaii
    Elena Kawaii 9 days ago


  • wombatdk
    wombatdk 10 days ago

    Interestingly... there's a working pachinko machine on the wall behind me. :)

  • DanKorCZ
    DanKorCZ 11 days ago +1

    Not Nintendo, not PlayStation

  • zohanrock
    zohanrock 11 days ago

    anyway this is a very insidious form of gambling and it should never be allowed to spread beyond the shores of Japan.

  • zohanrock
    zohanrock 11 days ago

    wow they missed out on the most important part of this whole endeavor. rather than that bottle of sake, you can get a token, usually a small plastic box with a bit of a gold token in the middle, bring that to a shop nearby which has a sign that says TUCK, slip your token/s into a drawer and the teller would exchange it for cash. cold hard yen.

    that said, it is a form of gambling and you could easily lose hundreds of dollars in a couple of hours doing this.

    need to go to the toilet or have lunch or dinner but you feel that the machine is on the verge of paying out? No need to hold it in or starve yourself, just let the attendent know and they will place a piece of cloth over the machine to reserve it for you for a limited time.

  • spazvapes
    spazvapes 11 days ago

    i only watched this video because i thought it was gonna explain how to play and win. like idk what the hell is going on. i guess people say the same thing about slot machines, but all you have to do is read the pay table. is it the same for pachinko?

  • DerekSiems
    DerekSiems 14 days ago

    I played a vintage pachinko machine at a friend's house about 15 or so years ago (his dad had one for some reason, it was basically an antique) and it was a basic pinball-like experience with the mechanical lever to launch the balls like one of the earlier machines in this video.

    When I went to Japan recently, I was like "oh yeah, pachinko! I've played that, let's see what it's like in Japan nowadays" and holy god what a fever dream nightmare it has become. It's gone from an endearing simple Plinko Pinball to an unbelievably loud epilepsy fit of flashing lights with a video game going on in a TV screen that makes absolutely no sense. I played a Biohazard one (Resident Evil's name in Japan) and it kept doing some kind of slot machine thing with numbers and then a monster would come out and I was supposed to tap a button or something but everything was in Japanese and I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do.

    Even if I had found I was good and could always come out on top winnings-wise I still don't think I could stand going into those parlors because of the obscene noise and smoke clouds from the chain smokers that frequent them.

    If anyone knows of a place in Japan that only runs the vintage machines that are quieter, let me know as I really don't care to play the modern ones ever again.

  • Candy Leong
    Candy Leong 14 days ago


  • GNP Subaru
    GNP Subaru 14 days ago


  • iCCL G
    iCCL G 15 days ago

    Bring a small electro magnet up your sleeve and boom...

  • day hay
    day hay 15 days ago


  • steven lanes 2
    steven lanes 2 17 days ago +1

    Doki doki pachinko club get it his name is natsuki

  • Slashy YT
    Slashy YT 17 days ago +1

    *I've rewatched this 4 times already.*

  • Mean Machine
    Mean Machine 17 days ago


  • Christie Sunderrajan
    Christie Sunderrajan 18 days ago

    3:45 Madoka Magica reference

  • sakura_rain
    sakura_rain 18 days ago +1

    Natsuki is hilarious

  • islandbee
    islandbee 19 days ago

    Been in a couple of those in Osaka, and it's so loud inside that you can't hear anybody.

    MEGU CHAN 19 days ago +1

    3:46 i see madoka magica

  • Arwah Sapi
    Arwah Sapi 19 days ago

    This channel is on par with History channel

  • fhgbv
    fhgbv 20 days ago

    These machines looks seizure inducing. Hurts to even look at. I guess some people get used to it.

    • SSFandomLove
      SSFandomLove 14 days ago

      I think we are just built differently and some people honestly aren’t bothered by the machines. For example some females’ high-pitch voices literally give me headaches, but at the same time they are loved by many people who think their voices are cute or something.

  • TonyLeTigre
    TonyLeTigre 21 day ago

    I had one of those old school pachinko machines growing up, I loved it! Mom hated it. Lmao!

  • rk h
    rk h 21 day ago

    all i know is that japanese girls are easy

  • DynamoTir
    DynamoTir 21 day ago +2

    I came here just to see what Gintoki plays

  • Kevin Masters
    Kevin Masters 21 day ago

    It's the same as the west's Pokie!

  • pro mast
    pro mast 21 day ago

    Somebuddy needs to documents "Japan's opsession for world, in everything!" I love these guys.
    They're so crazy😂

  • Everxpanding
    Everxpanding 22 days ago

    At 0:30 is that Rachel from Rachel and Jun?! 😍

  • F That
    F That 22 days ago

    These two should just shit the f&&k up and show how the game is played.

  • Rhadaze
    Rhadaze 22 days ago +1

    man, this guy natsuki is awesome

  • Anna Luisa Rossini
    Anna Luisa Rossini 22 days ago

    I believe it's a very addictive game..

  • john hernandez
    john hernandez 24 days ago

    I was expecting the Asian dude to explain the game....

  • Im the internet
    Im the internet 24 days ago

    I thought the biggest gaming obsession in japan are gacha games

  • SSFandomLove
    SSFandomLove 24 days ago

    I learned about Pachinko from reading manga. Good to see them in action. Natsuki is so adorable. Thanks for another great video! 💖💖💖