An Arino Twist On Mario Bros. And A Mega Man-Like Game With Dinosaur Costumes

By Sato . September 13, 2013 . 5:26pm


Game Center CX, also known as Retro Game Master, a Japanese TV show hosted by Shinya Arino, will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with a new Nintendo 3DS title called Game Center CX: Arino in District 3, which features more than 15 Famicom-style mini-games with quirky twists. Here’s a look at a few.


The first game shown is called Rumi and the Magic Broom, which is quite reminiscent of the original Mario Bros. arcade game. While brainstorming for ideas, Arino wanted to implement an idea he got from a mirror stage in Prince of Persia. This feature ended up being added to the wizard enemies that shoot control-changing waves. Getting hit by this attack will cause your controls to have a reversed effect.


For the next idea, Arino wanted to use the Nintendo 3DS microphone to use and have players blow into as an escape mechanism when things get dangerous.



This idea ended up being used for the side-scrolling shooter game, Wing Hero. In Wing Hero, when it looks like your airship is about to crash, simply blowing in the mic will create a gust of air in the game that boosts you higher up to avoid crashing.




Saurus Boy is something similar to Mega Man, as it gives you various dinosaur costumes to change into. Each costume has their own special abilities, which will be used to fight your way to the end of each stage.



The goal of Soma’s Treasure is to simply find all the coins in the stage before time runs out. The catch is, they’re actually hidden and it requires an ability to see them, but using the ability will lower your overall surrounding vision while it’s active.



If you mix Pong, Brick Breaker and throw in a dash of Super Dodge Ball, you get the competitive sports action game, Break Shoot. The goal of this game is to find a way to get the ball across the opponent’s side before they can get one past you.



Finally, we get a look at Noborou (or Let’s Climb,) which is an action puzzle game that requires you to continue climbing on the blocks that fall before the floors do. As you continue going higher, the blocks will fall at different rates, leaving you pretty limited to what you can do.


Namco Bandai will be releasing Game Center CX: Arino in District 3 in Japan on January 23 for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Rune

    Curse you region-locked 3DS! T_T

  • Letiumtide

    This looks amazing and I weep knowing I can’t even import it.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World


  • Good old blowing on the microphone as a control scheme WHY IS THERE A MICROPHONE WHY WHY

    • Snareface

      The Famicom controller has a microphone.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      So you can shout ‘objection’ on public transport

  • Why isn’t Arino in Super Smash Brothers yet?

  • So the first game was Famicom, the second was Famicom/Game Boy/Super Famicom. This one is… just kind of a mish-mash of stuff? And huh, using the microphone? That’s not retro.. :/

    Anyway, I sure hope this can get translated and a digital-only release on the Western eshops. Really sad that we never got the second one. :(

    • RoboConker

      Of course the microphone is retro, remember the 2nd famicon controller?

      • Ha, totally forgot about that!!

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          Arino has to sing Karaoke to Takeshi’s Challenge in the very first GCCX episode.

  • almostautumn

    Wow. I was not expecting these games to look this fun and interesting. This is really awesome!

  • oaky

    I guess I’ll just have to hope this is localized, since Nintendo’s archaic, reclusive, unfriendly business practices prevent me from importing it. It’s also why I don’t own a 3DS currently.

    Oh well, someone will kill the region locking soon enough.

  • zaidandzhadow

    Loved Saurus boy when would it be localized?

    • No announcement as of yet. The first game was localized, but the second one was not.

      • zaidandzhadow

        Omg that wasn’t a question, really, but now i’m ready to search for Saurus Boy 1, thanks.

        • Oh sorry, I misunderstood! I don’t think there is a Saurus Boy 1, unless it was in the second Game Center CX game. I just meant that the first Game Center CX game was localized for North America in English. It did not have Saurus Boy in it, though. :)

  • Zeether

    This better come out here. Game Center CX has MORE of an established fanbase than before thanks to the DVD set and XSEED would be beyond stupid to not localize it. I don’t have the money to spend on a Japanese 3DS for this, and if nobody can deliver on this then I WILL be angry.

    • Whoa, I want it too, but calm down. Xseed lost a lot of time/money on that first one. I wouldn’t blame them for still being a little gunshy. I sure do hope they pick it up, though.

      I missed out on the second one, and now it’s really expensive. :( Not that I’d have been able to read much of it anyway.

      • Zeether

        Even if THEY can’t get it, G.REV should do it themselves like with the release of Kokuga they went with. Or someone else like Rising Star or Aksys could get it.

        • Aksys would be awesome. I believe Namco Bandai is the publisher still in Japan, so they’re a possibility, too.

          I don’t know if G.REV would want it. It’s pretty text-heavy. I don’t think Kokuga has much/any text, does it?

    • Hraesvelgr

      Honestly, as much as I love GCCX, I don’t really think XSEED would be “beyond stupid” for not localizing it. It is more popular than when they put the first game out, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into this doing well.

      On the other hand, they are releasing Trails in the Sky SC on PSP and Senran Kagura, so who knows, it could be viable as an eshop release.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Noboru sounds like Gusson Oyoyo

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    This game looks fun, I really hope it comes out in the US.

  • Altin

    I would love to play Street Fighter II with Arino..

  • Göran Isacson

    These certainly look like neat little ideas, but I do wonder how long each game will be. If it’s about as long as their original inspirations were, THEN I shall be very impressed.

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