Jimmy Hapa

New Video Series About Old Japanese Gaming VHS Tapes

The Ghost in the Shell Making of Game VHS and a scene from the tape

In the 80s, 90s and even early 2000s in Japan, thousands of video tapes about video games were produced either to sell or rent in shops, give away as promotional items or advertise new games and products at retailers.  Video Games On Video is a new series from Import Gaming FTW that aims to take a look at these interesting relics from gaming’s past, starting with episode one shown here.  This inaugural episode takes a look at five unique VHS tapes as described below:

  • A “super play” of Namco’s classic System 2 Japanese arcade title The Legend of Valkyrie
  • A mini documentary about the PS1 Ghost in the Shell game and how the amazing digitally animated cutscenes were created using the latest technology (in 1998)
  • A tape from Capcom’s Japanese fan club, which gives a tour of the Spring 2000 Tokyo Game Show hosted by Chun-Li
  • A Nintendo Famicom 10th anniversary tribute video
  • And another mini documentary about the making of the commercial for V Jump magazine’s debut, which features some unlikely crossovers between popular game and manga characters…and so much more!
Video Games On Video, a video series on video tapes about video games.


This video just showcases the contents of each tape briefly, giving some additional info about the release such as price and runtime, history, etc.  If you want to see the tapes featured in all their raw, unedited and blurry glory, they have all been uploaded to Import Gaming FTW’s second channel, the IGFTW Dump, which you can find here.  It’s a channel dedicated to posting old video game movies from tapes or DVDs, clips of commercials and other weird or fun gaming things.  Please check it out if you’re interested in that kind of stuff!

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