|Let's do the time warp again!
||[Feb. 10th, 2009|03:17 am]
So, with my fresh infusion of cash from the auction (I guess I should've said "who wants this" and skipped eBay altogether), I felt more comfortable finally pre-ordering Retro Game Challenge for the DS, which ships tomorrow! Ray Barnholt and Jeremy Parish have covered the games in far better detail than I can over on the 1UP Retro Gaming Blog, but the more coverage of it all around, the better.
For those who haven't heard of it, Retro Game Challenge is the US release of the first game based on the Japanese television show Game Center CX. Well, what's that? Ray's got a great guide to the series in addition to his 1UP posts with more information, but essentially it's about a comedian named Shinya Arino who tries to play through brutally challenging retro games in a day. He's far from the best video game player in the world, so every episode is an epic struggle of blood, sweat and tears. In the game, Arino gets his revenge by sending you back to the 80s to play NES games. Because Game Center CX is unknown in the US (although there are attempts to bring it over here; more coverage of that event over here too) XSeed Games has ignored the TV show angle, but that's ultimately superfluous to the games themselves. It's just nice to know about it because the show is awesome. Or totally rad, in the 80's slang that the translation uses.
So what is Retro Game Challenge like? It's a compilation of 8 NES games, meant to fit in with the style of games of the era, as if they were games you could have played back then. The games included are from a wide variety of genres: shooters, action platformers, racing, and even a hefty Dragon Quest-styled RPG! You unlock new games by completing specific accomplishments, and to help you along the way, you can even read magazines with hints and secret codes for the games, as well as previews of the games you'll unlock later. Go check out the trailer!
I'm buying only one game this quarter (Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is the game for next quarter), and that's Retro Game Challenge! Consider making it one of your purchases as well! If enough people buy it, then XSeed will have reason to bring over the sequel that is coming out this month in Japan, which already looks amazing!