Game Center CX For 3DS Takes Us Back To Simpler Times Of Gaming

By Sato . November 15, 2013 . 3:36pm

In addition to the 15 retro-styled mini-games Namco Bandai will be including in Game Center CX: Arino in District 3, the game’s nostalgia-filled main story mode takes place in the 1980s, where you’ll be spending your time clearing events together with a young Arino.


In Game Center CX: Arino in District 3, you’ll advance through the story by taking on various events that happen in town; however, young Arino is apparently suffering a case of amnesia. In order to help regain some of his lost memories, the protagonist will be playing various games with young Arino.


Here’s a look at some of the key locations in town:


Toy store, game shop, and arcade center.


Snack shop, your room, department store’s roof floor.

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Model shop, with young Arino and the protagonist.


There will be many types of events, which include many of Game Center CX’s fan-favorite staff members, who’ll occasionally be giving you hints and tips for the games.


These events will consist of tasks such as “Clear until ____” or “Clear this event in one try” or “Figure out this riddle”. Each of these events will change in terms of strategy, so you might need to take your time and figure them out at times.


Upon clearing the events, time will also progress as the story advances. There will be some areas that change and others that will grant you access only during certain periods of time.


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

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  • GH56734

    Only in Japan, since Xseed said they most likely won’t be able to bring this one over. :(

  • Stewart Mogg

    The first game was alright. It had a lot of neat ideas, but I really didn’t like a good chunk of the games, like the same racing game 3 times. However I really enjoyed the retro jrpg. It’d be cool if somehow they made a collection like this with a bunch of retro styled jrpgs, I would easily buy that.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well the first game is make with the focus on numerous classic genre in famicom era. Which is why there are that racing game and Ninja Jajamaru style ninja there. So maybe that era of game is not really suited with your taste i guess.

      • Stewart Mogg

        No, it’s more because of the fact that I found the racing game boring and didn’t want to play through the same boring game 3 times. I’m a big Mega Man fan, so numerous sequels don’t always bother me.

        • Yeah, the racing game was a bit of a drag. Fun once, but not three times. :) Anyway, the second and third games in the series seem a lot more polished.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Hmm is that so? I actually think the racing game is damn fun there.(My opinion lol.) As i can play the game and compete with my friends to see who can finish the stage faster.^_^

    • The JRPG is what made the first game so hard to bring to English audiences.

      • Stewart Mogg

        I was under the impression that it was due to the fact that it was based on a Japanese game show that really wouldn’t transition or appeal to western audiences very well. Though I do understand that coding and dialogue translations also played a factor.

        • That makes sense. Really sad. :( I think I must have bought 10 copies of Retro Game Challenge when all was said and done, the majority of which were for friends who probably never played it.

  • eliel

    not liking how the characters look this time around but its all about the retro style games anyway ;)

  • Foryth

    I’ve been wanting more of this ever since Retro Game Challenge. ;_; Looks interesting, though I’d like to see screenshots of the games being played.


    Don’t mind me, just hugging my Retro Game Challenge cart and crying myself to sleep over here.

    • Yep. It’s like the 16-bit days all over again, the new dark age of gaming. HOPE YOU LIKE AMERICAN GAMES. IF NOT, YOU’RE OUT OF LUCK.

      • Not sure if Japan suffered with the American-made games.

        • I don’t think they like them very much. :) But I’m sure there are probably some Japanese people who say, “Localize more American games!”

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Oh boy. I am really looking forward for this game here.^_^

  • ragingmerifes

    Localize it, please. I want my 3D Kacho.

  • Arrngrim

    Watching the few episodes I could of Game Center CX with Arino in english was one of the best shows I ever stumbled upon. Then it got ripped from Youtube, and I found the DVD set…a used copy. But this didn’t seem to be the entire show, just the “high-lights”…maaaan, watching him go through those ups and downs while playing those old-school, brutal games. Fun times!

  • SupaPhly

    I dont mind if this becomes eshop only if it gets localized :)

    • That would be awesome. Wish Namco Bandai would just do it themselves.

      We missed the second game, and this one relies on a lot from the second game. It also relies on stuff from the first. I wonder if that means they’d have to re-translate the first game again since Xseed presumably owns the translation.

  • Looks so neat. I love how it has a storyline and locations and stuff. It’s set in the 80s, though, so does that mean no 16-bit games? The second game in the series had fake Game Boy and fake SNES, too.

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