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Retro Game Challenge (DS): "Nintendo hard" as a double entendre

LunkerLunker Registered User regular
edited June 2009 in Games and Technology
Retro Game Challenge trailer

From the Official US site, which just recently opened:

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So this is apparently coming to the States a lot sooner than I thought: The new trailer on the US site says February, but Nintendo published a Q1 games release list saying this was actually dropping on Jan. 6. Which would be awesome.

Retro Game Challenge is ... strange. The hook is that you're thrown back in time into an alternate reality 1980s, playing "new" 8-bit video games that are fictional knockoffs of existing 8-bit classics like Dragon Warrior and Ninja Gaiden. In the game, the demon Arino, who sent you back in time, forces you to finish a set number of challenges for each game: So for the first game, Cosmic Gate (aka Galaga), one of the challenges is to reach a certain stage, hit certain warp zones or score a certain top score. Once you finish all of the challenges, you unlock the second game, and so on.

The retro nostalgia kicks in, not only by the game design, but also because the '80s kid version of you can leaf through the games' instruction manuals and other gaming magazines (the mag is actually called "Game Fan Magazine") to find tips and tricks for beating the games. You'll also be playing the games alongside the kid version of Arino, who will cheer you on or buy magazines for the two of you to pore over together.

The game is total kitsch, but it's so alluringly strange that I know I'm going to buy it. Who else is in?

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The music enough sold me.

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    korodullinkorodullin What. SCRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I find it amusing that, for the English-language version, the "fictional" magazine they're using is named GameFan.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    korodullin wrote: »
    I find it amusing that, for the English-language version, the "fictional" magazine they're using is named GameFan.

    And the main editor is "Dan Sock." :)

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    xWonderboyxxWonderboyx Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Holy fuck. Want. So bad.

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    MundaneSoulMundaneSoul fight fighter Daehan MingukRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Hell yes.

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    DourinDourin Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Holy crap. This game is Awesome in convenient DS cart form. I'd almost go as far as to say that anyone who does not buy this is not really a gamer.

    I just hope it retains the insane level of difficulty of some of those amazing 80's era games. If they dumb this down for today's "casual gamer," heads will roll.

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Oh my god.

    Ha, they copied some of that stuff wholesale. And I don't care! Imitation is the best form of flattery.

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    ArtoriaArtoria Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Wow this looks like it is gonna be awesome, Rip off versions of Galaga, Star Soldier and Ninja Gaiden Sign me up. This looks like it will be Capitan N the game!

    and the "demon game master" looks like a lot like Miyamoto.

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    GilderGilder Aw snap Macaroni PartyRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I completely forgot about this game. I wanted it when I first heard of it and I still want it now. Also this game is actually based off that one japanese show, Game Center CX, isn't it? The one where they have some guy play really hard NES games to see if he can beat them? I think I've only seen Transformers and Mighty Bomb Jack because I don't know where to find them subbed.

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    korodullinkorodullin What. SCRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Gilder wrote: »
    I completely forgot about this game. I wanted it when I first heard of it and I still want it now. Also this game is actually based off that one japanese show, Game Center CX, isn't it? The one where they have some guy play really hard NES games to see if he can beat them? I think I've only seen Transformers and Mighty Bomb Jack because I don't know where to find them subbed.

    It certainly looks based on Game Center CX, down to the name of the "demon" being that of the show's host.

    That and both are owned by Fuji Television.

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    Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Once an Asshole. Trying to be better. Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    SOB they made a game about my childhood! If only my childhood was in Japan and I was challenged by the Game Master.....


    Getting this game for sure!

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    AoiAoi Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Wow, this game looks fantastic. The games, and even the graphic design of the site is a total glashback for me. Can't wait to give this a try. And yeah, this looks exactly like the video I've seen of the Gamecenter game that was released (I think I saw the footage on an episode of 1up Show).

    And yeah, this just needs to be mindrapingly hard.

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    Ah_PookAh_Pook Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    looks neat. are the games complete games, or basically minigames or what? if theres a complete dragon quest "homage" in there im totally down.

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    TaminTamin Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    korodullin wrote: »
    Gilder wrote: »
    I completely forgot about this game. I wanted it when I first heard of it and I still want it now. Also this game is actually based off that one japanese show, Game Center CX, isn't it? The one where they have some guy play really hard NES games to see if he can beat them? I think I've only seen Transformers and Mighty Bomb Jack because I don't know where to find them subbed.

    It certainly looks based on Game Center CX, down to the name of the "demon" being that of the show's host.

    That and both are owned by Fuji Television.

    Well, and the Japanese in the video saying, "Game Center CX: something I can't read".

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    RaughnRaughn Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I bought the import (Game Center CX: Arino no Chosenjou) and played up until Gaudia Quest, the RPG. At that point, I needed to reference a translation guide too much for it to be fun.

    But I will buy the localized version, gladly play everything up to Guadia Quest again, and finally finish the last two games.

    Yes, it's as fun/awesome as it looks. Yes, sometimes the games kick you in the genitals, old school. The rally game will make you wish there was a way to throw controllers in the virtual living room on the bottom screen.

    And it has a great sense of humor. For example, the second rally game is just the old one, with a pallette swap, and a sponsor attached to it. The challenges to advance to the next game are different, so they can make the joke while avoiding redundant objectives.

    Truly great stuff. If you have a DS and any affection for retro gaming, do not miss this.

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    RaughnRaughn Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Ah_Pook wrote: »
    looks neat. are the games complete games, or basically minigames or what? if theres a complete dragon quest "homage" in there im totally down.

    Sorry about the back to back posts, I meant to answer this.

    All of the games are complete, but at first they are presented with mini-game like challenges (beat the 2nd boss, get to level three without dying, etc.). Complete four challenges to unlock the next game. After the challenges are complete, each game can be played to be completion. In fact, finishing each game is the final challenge.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Hahah, this looks awesome. Thanks for making the thread or else I'd probably not have heard of it until much later.


    it says winter 08. I'm guessing, Winter 08 in Japan? Any western release planned?

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    This looks like the best game to come out since the 80's.
    I want it. Give me that game! Now!

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    korodullinkorodullin What. SCRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    slash000 wrote: »
    Hahah, this looks awesome. Thanks for making the thread or else I'd probably not have heard of it until much later.


    it says winter 08. I'm guessing, Winter 08 in Japan? Any western release planned?

    It came out in Japan in 2007. Wiki says the US release was pushed into early 2009, and a Japanese sequel is due out in February.

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    Ah_PookAh_Pook Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    slash000 wrote: »
    it says winter 08. I'm guessing, Winter 08 in Japan? Any western release planned?

    X-Seed is bringing it over, amazon says in February.

    X-Seed is pretty awesome lately, with this, the Korg DS-10 and Populous DS (which im assuming is cool because populous is cool, but i havent actually looked at the new DS version specifically).

    edit: plus it looks like they brought over the last Shadow Hearts game and the last couple Wild Arms games too. go xseed!

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    slash000 wrote: »
    Hahah, this looks awesome. Thanks for making the thread or else I'd probably not have heard of it until much later.


    it says winter 08. I'm guessing, Winter 08 in Japan? Any western release planned?

    Yeah, I should make it clearer; the YouTube video is from this past E3 and based on the Japanese version, which already came out quite a few months ago. The US version is coming over in January or February '09 ... and, frankly, I'm stunned that this is getting localized at all. This is the biggest surprise since Ouendan became EBA.

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    RaughnRaughn Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Lunker wrote: »
    ... and, frankly, I'm stunned that this is getting localized at all. This is the biggest surprise since Ouendan became EBA.

    Nah, I don't think anything will ever top Seaman being localized. Hell, just typing that it happened surprised me all over again.

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    A game like this being localized is one of the major reasons that despite emulation being so easy and accessible these days, I still legally purchase all the games I play: I want to show support to these companies and get all those cool titles in English.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Thanks for the info guys; I'll be looking forward to this in Feb '09.

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    FireWeaselFireWeasel Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    This is quite possibly the baddest of all asses.

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    RaughnRaughn Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    It's probably time to breathe some life back into this thread. The game comes out in a week (2/10).

    It's the economic apocalypse. Buy a retro-tribute game for $30.00

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    RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Ooh, I really want this game, but can't afford it in either money or time at the moment (still working on the Christmas backlog + gotta save up money for RE5, Atlus stuff, and the Genesis Collection). I'll probably have to get it via Goozex.

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    LBD_NytetraynLBD_Nytetrayn TorontoRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    It's a good time to be oldschool: Mega Man 9, Street Fighter IV, Bionic Commando's revival, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Wario Land, Punch-Out!! (eventually), Pole's Big Adventure, numerous others, and now this.

    I definitely want this game-- but do I dare splurge when it comes out, though? There is so much else I have to play...

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Fuck yes, this comes out next week?

    This is going to be an awesome Spring between everything that's coming out.

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    LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Heh, I was just trying to jot down interesting games coming up in the next few months and seeing what I can and can't afford, and I remembering that this was dropping this month. March and April, particularly for DS, is a lot more clogged than I remember any early spring being.

    I updated the OP with the English trailer, not that it really makes a difference, but hey.

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    DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    This.

    Must. Have. This.

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    ImpersonatorImpersonator Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    So, does anyone have this already? :D

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    So, does anyone have this already? :D

    Not till wednesday I think.

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    ImpersonatorImpersonator Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    NA or EU?

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    NA or EU?

    NA; ships tomorrow, available Wednesday

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    ImpersonatorImpersonator Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    slash000 wrote: »
    NA or EU?

    NA; ships tomorrow, available Wednesday

    Oh what the hell, I just checked wikipedia and apparently there's no release date for Europe? :(

    This makes me so sad...

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    almighty_monkeyalmighty_monkey Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Maybe they're working on localizing it for Europe?


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    commathecommathe Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I just bought Izuna 2, rebought Order of Ecclesia, and have barely touched Layton and Disgaea DS so far, but I am still buying this day one. Ugh, and dragon warrior next week.

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    ArthArth Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I just realized February 10th is tomorrow. Goddamn! :D

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Arth wrote: »
    I just realized February 10th is tomorrow. Goddamn! :D

    Yeah, but, that's ship date, and probably for the majority of us, this won't hit shelves 'til Wednesday (day after tomorrow)

    I know I can't wait either :D

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