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Retro Game Master: The Game Center CX Collection (2010)

Shin'ya Arino , Shinichirou Toujima  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087VCG2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,097 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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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Game Master Vol. 1 episodes 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.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Support the Kacho! July 25, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars He hides his fear by humming a tune... 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kacho-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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth every penny! October 27, 2012
By Edobean
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!
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JAPAN'S GREATEST VIDEOGAMES SHOW IN THE US? July 30, 2012
By Area88
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it was great! Gotta love the Kacho
Minus the narrator getting very little coaching on how to actually pronounce japanese words, it was great! Gotta love the Kacho!
Published 1 month ago by J. Dewey Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kacho
The episodes picked for this DVD collection are some of the best, with lots of classic and memorable moments. If you like the show, this is a sure thing. Pick it up and enjoy!
Published 1 month ago by greg roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little collection of episodes with a lot of historic ...
Great little collection of episodes with a lot of historic moments from the show. Recommended for any fans of the series looking to show support.
Published 1 month ago by Will Polchinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended... With some caveats
The show Game Center CX has been on Japanese televisions for about 10 years now, and they tried to bring it over to the US a couple of years ago under the title "Retro Game... Read more
Published 4 months ago by BJ Wanlund
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow this show is amazing and addicting.
I Got my set of DVDs and started watching and everyday I can't stop watching when I get home from work. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Kacho on!
If you're looking at this, you probably already know what you're in for. If you watched the episodes on Kotaku when they were hosting them, they're the same here, with one major... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase if you like quirky, fun game time.
Having watched the show online, I was considering this for a while. Shiren the Wanderer is a great 2 parter that I hadn't seen before, and it was great revisiting the other... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jeremy Yerkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Chief Arino Tackle Some of the World's Toughest Games
This DVD box set collects 14 of Shinya Arino's challenges in the hit television show Game Center CX. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Studente Conan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great DVD collection for those that love retro games.
I've only been a fan of Game Center CX recently Thanks to serveral Youtube videos. For those that don't know, Game Center CX is a Japanesse TV show that features comedian Shinya... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Terence
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than king of kong
Great show. This is one of the most intense and funny shows I have ever watched. Mighty Bomb Jack, Ninja Gaiden and others actually have you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Maraglio
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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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