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Arino wants to be the greatest gamer in the world, but he's continually defeated by his friends at every new game that comes out. His obsession has spawned a digital version himself within his own Nintendo DS. This digital version of himself has come to be known as "Game Master Arino", who haunts gamers around the world with retro game challenges. You have been chosen by Game Master Arino, and are now trapped in the 1980s until you can defeat his game challenges.

Retro Game Challenge, based on the Japanese TV show Game Center CX, has you playing faithfully-recreated clones of popular NES-era games, attempting to complete challenges and freeing yourself from Game Master Arino. You are accompanied by Arino himself as a young lad, who will cheer you on as you're playing each game. You can also read the latest gaming mags for tips, cheats, and previews of upcoming titles.

There are eight games total, each modeled after 8-bit classics such as Galaga (Cosmic Gate), Dragon Warrior (Gaudia Quest), and Ninja Jajamaru-kun (Robot Ninja Haggle Man). Each game has multiple challenges from Arino to complete, such as clearing a certain stage or earning a set number of points, and can also be played in a free play mode once all challenges have been cleared.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou" -- Japanese title
  • "ゲームセンターCX 有野の挑戦状" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews Mar 06, 2009 9 out of 10 90
UOL Jogos Feb 26, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Blend Games Apr 25, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Review Busters 2009 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central Feb, 2009 4.4 out of 5 88
Nintendo Life Apr 15, 2009 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Gaming since 198x May 06, 2010 4 out of 5 80 (UK) Apr 13, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Feb 18, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Feb, 2009 B- 67


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1001 Video Games

Retro Game Challenge appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • 1UP
    • 2009 - received The "Retrospection" Award for Best Use of Old-School Style (Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards)

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雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60651) added Retro Game Challenge (Nintendo DS) on Feb 12, 2009