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  • Actors: Shin'ya Arino, Shinichirou Toujima, Masayuki Kibe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Eastern Star
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087VCG2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Retro Game Master is a reality television show unlike any other that taps into the mega world of classic gaming. The show, known in Japan as Game Center CX, features comedian Shinya Arino playing some of Japan's most popular and most difficult classic games. In each episode, Arino plays a retro video game that audiences remember playing, but few could master. The goal is to finish the game in one sitting. It doesn't always go as planned. This highly addictive series has been running for 16 seasons in Japan. This set includes 14 of the very best episodes.

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It is a perfect combination of funny and suspenseful.
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He's helped out by his staff, an assortment of talented people with their own individual quirks and faults.
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For those who are skittish about subtitled products, there's a passable English dub.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sensible on October 5, 2012
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If you're reading this review, you probably already already know what you're getting into with this DVD release. I just wanted to list the episodes since they're not on the Amazon product page:

1. Ninja Gaiden (Famicom/NES)
2. Super Fantasy Zone (Mega Drive/Genesis)
3. Bonanza Brothers (Mega Drive/Genesis)
4. Solomon's Key (Famicom/NES)
5. Clock Tower (Super Famicom)
6. Mighty Bomb Jack (Famicom/NES)
7. The Mystery of Atlantis (Famicom)
8. S.O.S. (Super Famicom/Super NES)
9. Battle Golfer Yui (Mega Drive)
10. The 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô (Famicom)
11. The Wing of Madoola (Famicom)
12. Golden Axe (Mega Drive/Genesis)
13. Shiren the Wanderer (Super Famicom)
14. Ninja Gaiden II (Famicom/NES)

Episodes 1-12 include dual English/Japanese audio tracks and English subtitles. 13 & 14 are Japanese audio only with English subtitles. As already mentioned by other reviewers, these episodes only contain the "challenge" segments from the original television broadcasts.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By CodeWhite on July 25, 2012
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Being a fan of the show, I just preordered this. It is true that it does not contain the game center segments due to licensing issues but neither did the Japanese DVD releases. With the episodes being translated with subtitles from zari-gani of the SA GCCX Team, you know it will be top notch. The price is a little steep, but I love the show and I want to show my support so that more episodes will be released in the US.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Henry on October 4, 2012
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Game Center CX encapsulates the sensation of playing through classic video games of all shapes and sizes. It does this by showing Shinya Arino -- a middle-aged comedian, who isn't exactly a star gamer -- tasked at the start of each episode with the challenge of getting to the ending of a retro game, no matter what it takes. He's helped out by his staff, an assortment of talented people with their own individual quirks and faults. As he progresses through each game, beholden to the ruthless "Nintendo Hard" mechanics that have been mostly lost in modern games, it's easy for the viewer to become swept up in the drama over whether Arino will able to make it. The times that he does, there's genuine catharsis and excitement waiting at the end for any retro gamer -- and when he doesn't, we at least feel grateful for the journey. There's really nothing else like it.

If you're a newcomer and you're wondering what this is about, there are translated clips of the show available on Youtube that let you know what you're in for. Be warned, however: since it's straight off of Japanese TV, the subtitles do require your full attention. The DVD has an optional English narrator, but I find that it detracts from the feel of the show. The humor itself alternates between being dry and silly, in a very distinctive way.

There has been some controversy over the fact that the non-challenge segments aren't available on DVD, but my understanding is that it's due more to the nature of Japanese litigation than anything else (those segments aren't on the Japanese DVDs either). Given that this is a thoroughly niche product (and Discotek is a quality company that seems to respect its content), I'm confident that this is the best set they could have possibly licensed.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ESTHER A GAUTHIER on October 3, 2012
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Support the version that makes the Kotaku version obsolete. Suport Game Center CX. Support Retro Game Master. Support DiscoTek. Support Japanese TV that is not about food. Support good TV shows about Video Games. Support zari-gani and SA Goon projects. Support quality professional translations and translators and localization. Get what you pay for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edobean on October 27, 2012
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I know a lot of people have 'complained' about the DVD. How it doesn't have the 'Segments' and what not.
Well, what a lot of people don't realize is that the Japanese DVDs also don't get the 'Segments'.

Regardless, I knew that I was going to get this when I first heard it was coming out.

Yes, this is the same videos that were played on Kotaku. I believe there is one or two more episodes than what Kotaku had though so, a slight bonus.

What I do like is that you can change the narrator. So if you prefer english narrator, fine. If you want the original, that's there too. So everyone can be happy!

The one thing I was quite sad about is the episode choice. I'm not saying these episodes are bad, some are really fun to watch. But I was kind of hoping they would be an actual volume, meaning starting from the beginning. Random episodes is a bit weird, especially to those who have never seen Game Center CX (or Retro Game Master as it's called here) and realize that the main person is in different rooms and there are different ADs.

I really hope from the sales that it will convince them to do more and perhaps make DVD Vols in which we can get everything from the beginning to end.

If you are a fan, you will get this and most likely enjoy it! It sad it doesn't have segments but the japanese dvds didn't have it either so it's not like we're at a complete loss.

Definitely worth every penny!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Hammond on October 7, 2012
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My copy came in so I wanted to make a note on the audio options -
The Audio and Subtitles will show EVERY episode with English Subtitles and Japanese Dialog for the main crew.
There are Audio and Subtitle options to switch whether the (much disliked) English Dubbed Narrator will be there, or the Original Japanese Narrator will be used with English Subs.

If you want the show the way you found it online, with SA-subtitles and all Japanese dialog, this is the set for you!

They did, due to licensing issues, get rid of the small segments from the middle of the show (Visits to Arcades, playing Game And Watch games, 20 years ago in gaming, interviews with game makers) but they replaced that time with more clips of Arino challenging the game. The episodes vary in time between 35 minutes and an hour, with most being in the 40 minute area.

I'd give 5 stars no question, but I really do miss those little segments in the middle and I hope they find a way to bring them back in the future. I thought they did a nice job of breaking up the pacing of the play-through
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800 min?
Looking at the video files on the DVDs, it's approaching 800 minutes but not quite. Here's the episode list/breakdown:

Mystery of Atlantis - 29:34
Solomon's Key - 33:54
Ninja Gaiden - 58:04
Bonanza Brothers - 41:17
Mighty Bomb Jack - 1:48:13
SOS - 53:40
Clock Tower - 39:14
Super Fantasy Zone -... Read More
Oct 4, 2012 by M. Henry |  See all 5 posts
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