If you never played Retro Game Challenge on the DS, I heartily recommend tracking down a copy. As a child of the 80’s, it brought back many memories about what the gaming culture was like back then. So, when Japan got the sequel (the game is called Game Center CX over there…based on the hit show), I waited patiently for a localization announcement. Unfortunately, that announcement never came. XSeed, the publisher of RGC 1, reported that game sales of the previous title was not enough to warrant the localization of the second one. Not what you want to hear, especially when the second game expanded on the Famicom inspired gameplay of the first one.
So, with no english option to choose, I did what 3ds owners can not do…I imported a copy of Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2. See, Nintendo made the DS without region locking, so you can play those wonderful games that never made it to the States. The second version of RGC is fantastic. Instead of locking you into Famicom only games, you are treated to Famicom, Famicom Disk System, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and even Super Famicom inspired games. And these are not mini games. If you have played RGC 1, you know that each of these entries are full fledged games. It was tough getting throug the text adventure and rpg games, but with a handy guide, I was able to finish every challenge in the game. Well, the main ones anyway. This second game in the series has daily challenges and remixed versions of the games from RGC 1 included. An unbelievable amount of content jammed into a tiny ds cartidge. Too bad I could not read the text.
All that has changed now, though. After other efforts fell short, the fan translation has finally been released! Now, I can go back and experience this modern marvel with all the retro finishes! The magazines, the text adventure, and rpg game are all here in perfectly understandable english. The best part? The creators continue to release updates to the translation patch. What are you waiting for? Hurry over to the patch’s website and fire up that glorious retro compilation game today!