The human hunger for nostalgia is often times insatiable, managing to permeate into pop culture in a way unparalleled to any other time in American culture. Popular musicians keep making albums inspired by the sounds of past decades, youth fashion is similarly reflecting another era and now our past times are even attempting to rekindle the flames of yesteryear.
The rise in popularity of retro-themed arcade bars (as well as arcades in general) is a clear indication of this. In fact, I’ve written two articles about the local chain, Boxcar Bar + Arcade, whose ‘80s themed interior invites people of all ages and even allows our four-legged friends to stop by.
While Americans continues to look to the past for inspiration to create wonderful arcade experiences, Japan is looking to the future – in steps Round One Entertainment, Inc. Round One (stylized as “Round1”) is a Japanese Amusement store chain based out of Osaka, that has been experiencing great success in Japan with over 20 operating locations.
Round1 has now recently opened a new location in Greensboro as part of its new expansion into the U.S. market. The new facility is located at the Four Seasons Town Centre, and is an anchor store resting between J.C. Penney and Dillard’s, taking up the first floor of what used to be Belk.
When you first walk in you will need to go to hit up the token machine located the front of the store, which spits out a reloadable token card which you swipe at machines to play. Be mindful that Round1 is not the cheapest arcade in the area, but the amount you pay for your tokens is well worth the experience.
The entertainment center has an array of activities for its visitors to partake in; there are over 60 arcade machines and games to play. There are classics arcade games you would expect to see, but what makes Round1 unique is the inclusion of original Japanese arcade machines and games. Titles such as Beatmania IIDX 25 Canon Ballers, Disney Tsum Tsum, Gun Bullet X (aka Point Blank) and Maximum Tune 5 are some Round1-exclusive games you can look forward to playing upon your visit.
More traditional games such as ski-ball and beer-pong themed accuracy games can be played to earn virtual tickets which are stored electronically to your token card. You can redeem your tokens for prizes at the shop located in the center of the facility. Prizes range from candy and keychains to coffee makers and ATV’s – yes you read that correctly!
If arcade games aren’t your style, Round1 also has two ping-pong tables, four pool tables and several karaoke rooms which visitors can rent at varying hourly rates depending on the day of the week and time of their visit. They also have a large ten lane bowling alley that not only allows visitors to rent lanes and equipment, but also has personal storage lockers for dedicated players who own their own bowling balls and shoes.
If all these activities aren’t enough to get you psyched about the new arcade and entertainment center, Round1 also has a full-service bar that sells bottled beers and select wines for just $1.99. Round1 even offers tasty food, which includes burgers, hot dogs, fries, pizzas and wings.
Round1 also has a unique set of house rules in regard to age restriction. All ages are allowed until 10 p.m., when only those who are 18 and older are allowed. At midnight the age restriction is limited to 21 and older, with anyone who is under 21 requiring the accompaniment of a “guardian” who is at least 25 years of age or older.
If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional night out in Greensboro, or a fun new place to take your family when they come to visit, I highly recommend checking out Round1.
For a full list of prices visit round1usa.com or call the entertainment center at (336) 645-5887.