UPDATE: (Japan) Retro Game Challenge to Get Third Game

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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Game Center CX (Retro Game Challenge) logo

It’s news days like this that renew my faith in the video game industry. The series known in the West as Retro Game Challenge, or Game Center CX in Japan, will get a new game for the 3DS this winter.

The first Retro Game Challenge, developed by indieszero for the DS and published by XSEED Games in North America and by Namco Bandai Games in Japan, was a pure delight, albeit a hard-to-find one. It revered and parodied its retro gaming roots, pushing players to try various games that mimic NES classics like Ninja Gaiden, Galaga and Dragon Quest and forcing them to beat the high score of an Andross-esque hobo named Arino.

Retro Game Challenge | Arino

The reason I’m so excited about this new game is that I loved the original Retro Game Challenge to death and lamented that I never got to play the Japan-only sequel, which apparently wasn’t localized because of poor sales. While we don’t know whether this new 3DS title will be localized, we do know that it’s being developed by G.rev, the developer that brought us the PS3 shmup Mamorukun Curse! My fingers are firmly crossed that this third Retro Game Challenge will visit us here in the West sometime soon!

UPDATE: On June 14, G.rev president Hiroyuki Maruyama wrote the following on the company’s blog:

This is Maruyama.

This has already been announced on news sites and in a TV program, but we are developing a game based on Game Center CX, currently being broadcast on Fuji TV ONE.

The publisher is the longtime publisher of our previous work, Bandai Namco Games-san!

About this, for the purpose of not giving out rumors at our own convenience, when BanNam-san [Bandai Namco] has given us consent, we’re thinking about giving you guys lots of gossip~.

We’re not viewing this as an opportunity to openly make retro games, but we are having fun developing this. While we are a while away from completing this game, please pay attention with warm eyes! [That’s a Japanese idiom meaning “go easy on us.”—Will]

Thanks to oprainfall translator Will Whitehurst for translating the Japanese-language information used in this article.


About Josh Speer

Josh Speer is addicted to two things in equal measure : Books and Videogames. He has a degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined Operation Rainfall last year while following it on Facebook. His two giant life goals are to write his own series of fantasy / science fiction novels and to get into the creative side of the video game industry. He is beyond pleased to now have his proverbial foot in the door thanks to the opportunity provided by Oprainfall!

  • Lost

    I hope it does! I mean I can still play the sequel because the DS is region free, but 3DS? Forget about it! I really like this game series , its so incredibly neat, and Arino is a cutie. Hopefully it will get some sort of release, although digital is most likely it…:/

  • Vinicius

    The first game is one of my favorite games on the DS and one of my favorite games of all time. I remember how hard it was to find, I think it was the first game I imported. Maybe the second one could be released digittaly to save prices, so we could get our bodies ready for the new one.
    Hope Nintendo keeps the promisse to bring more japanese games to the west and bring this one.

  • Spookyryu

    I really hope, Xseed brings the second one and the third one to north america, I really wish that, such a good game