Edge writes: "The strengths and weaknesses of Arcade Mania! come from the same source. Read it for the story of Japanese arcades and you'll be disappointed. Read it to find out about videogames in Japanese arcades and you'll be half-disappointed.
Arcade Mania! is a miscellaneous hodgepodge of Japanese arcade culture, wrapped up in an excitable title but with no overarching structure and entries that veer between the invigorating and the dull. 'Hey, man, relax', the book replies. The introduction reassures us that this is merely a 'tour guide, offering a window into the arcades' rather than a boring old 'history book'."