Qty:1

Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Retro Game Master: The Game Center CX Collection
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Retro Game Master: The Game Center CX Collection


List Price: $59.95
Price: $36.59 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: $23.36 (39%)
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
2 used from $32.09
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
4-Disc Version
$36.59
$36.59 $32.09


Frequently Bought Together

Retro Game Master: The Game Center CX Collection + Retro Game Challenge - Nintendo DS
Price for both: $116.58

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087VCG2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

None.

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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
27
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 30 customer reviews
There's really nothing else like it.
M. Henry
For those who are skittish about subtitled products, there's a passable English dub.
Sean Riedinger
It is a perfect combination of funny and suspenseful.
bdr9

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sensible on October 5, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By CodeWhite on July 25, 2012
Format: DVD
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Henry on October 4, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ESTHER A GAUTHIER on October 3, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edobean on October 27, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Area88 on July 30, 2012
Format: DVD
Retro Game Master GameCenter CX is a Japanese TV show starring the WACKY and AMAZING Shinya Arino in his countless attempts to CONQUER retro games in one sitting. Can he do the IMPOSSIBLE? All the attempts are packed with FUN and OUTRAGEOUS HUMOUR as we see them go against these AWESOME CHALLENGES while learning about the HISTORY OF GAMING at the same time.

Since almost ALL games are made in Japan, this set is a must have for any videogamer. Your life will not be complete with out. This was previously a Japan only show but now it finally arrives on US shores. We get 14 of the BEST episodes spanning over 16 seasons.

The company releasing it are called Discotek and they specialise in releasing hidden gems and masterpiece classics from Japan that would not have seen the light of day otherwise. Some of their best known releases are Fist of the North Star, Lupin Season 1, Unico and their upcoming titles such as Mad Bull 34, Samurai Pizza Cats, Locke the Superman, Saint Seiya and much more.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
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
Best of? Be the first to reply
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in