Game Center CX: Arino in District 3 (3DS)
What Is It?
This collection of 15 NES-styled original games is modelled on retro titles like Mega Man and Super Mario Bros. Examples include Rumi and the Magic Broom, a platformer inspired by the Super Mario Bros. series, and Wing Hero, a horizontal 2D shoot-em-up where players can blow on a microphone to gain height when things get too hot. Saurus Boy is what happens when someone mashes up The Land Before Time with Mega Man; the main character fights in a prehistoric world using different dinosaur outfits with varying power-ups.
This otherworldly collection is a tie-in to the Japanese TV show Game Center CX, which is hosted by comedian Shinya Arino. In each episode he has to finish a retro title in 24 hours as well as exploring gaming culture in the whole of Japan. We'd say that only Japan could create a show in which a middle-aged comedian plays old video games for entertainment, but then, we gave the world Patrick Moore in GamesMaster.
Chances of seeing it outside Japan?
Pretty slim. The first Games Center CX title on the Nintendo DS was released under the name Retro Games Challenge in North America to mediocre fanfare and sales figures. However, the show is reportedly gaining popularity overseas thanks to subtitled DVD releases of past episodes – so there might yet be a market for its retro antics.