GameCenter CX (also known as Retro Game Master) is an ongoing variety show produced by Fuji TV and Gascoin Company.
On Season 1, the show had its focus on interviews with developers from the Japanese video game industry, such as Tomohiro Nishikado and Satoshi Tajiri. Game challenges from this era had no actual priority and were always shown very late to the episode or divided into certain parts across the episodes. In the 4th episode, Shinya Arino (from the owarai comedy duo Yoiko) interviewed Oji Hiroi, who was responsible for developing most of the Sakura Taisen media, at Red Entertainment's headquarters. The game chosen for a challenge was Roommania＃203 for the Sega Dreamcast, where Arino managed to get a good ending in the game, despite thinking it was a bad ending in his mind.
In all episodes from Season 2 and onwards, the show focuses on Arino Kacho playing difficult games from his childhood. In most episodes, Arino must beat the desired game and show, if applicable, a good ending from each game, in a period of 14 hours on a day. Sometimes, the challenge can be extended to a second day or even a third day (a possibility with JRPGs). Earlier on, the assistant directors (ADs) helped Arino with strategy guides and even research from the Internet, but as time progressed, the ADs had to exercise their minds in creative ways, such as building diorama maps or drawing safety attack patterns in a whiteboard. The first episode featuring an actual Sega console and propriety from this era was episode #33, which featured Bonanza Bros. for Sega Mega Drive as the main challenge.
In most episodes, a segment called Tama ni Ikunara Konna ×× (You must visit this [place] sometimes in English) happens when Arino and the staff go into a game center or an amusement park to discover the amount of Arcade and Electro-mechanical games the place does pick up in Arino's interest. Most of the time, the ×× is replaced by Game Center, so, the segment is often nicknamed as Tamage. While Metal Slug games appear very often in this segment, sometimes, Sega Arcade games such as Space Harrier and Hang-On make frequent appearances as well.
Another common segment is Game Collections or just 19××○○, which feature games from consoles in chronological order (as long they have a license to show footage of the game). While Sega-owned games from Game Boy and Super Famicom appeared in several episodes, actual Sega hardware representation was featured in Season 2 (featuring SG-1000 and Sega Master System games) within the Ghosts'n Goblins episode and it did not return until Season 27 with Sega Mega Drive games (also shared with PC Engine).
Several one-off segments, such as Hard no Ace ga Detekonai, Project CX: Peripherals, Furikaereba Yatsu ga Ita and Kiban-ya Kouhii-ten feature games from Sega games (both for consoles and Arcade) and hardware as well.
GameCenter CX Corporation is a fictional company that features Arino and the staff as members of a virtual company. This is represented by Arino wearing a jumpsuit in most episodes, featuring the words GameCenter CX in katakana printed on the jumpsuit's right side of the chest. In most cases where Arino meets important people, he and the person exchange business cards with each other. While GameCenter CX Corporation is a fictional company, the name itself is an official registered trademark of Fuji Television and then, it features the Fuji TV ONE logo and the show's website as well. Arino was once employed as Shunin (Senior Staff) and then, promoted to Kacho Dairi (Acting Chief) and then, currently, Kacho (Chief). The company has no actual president but is assumed to be Tsuyoshi Kan, as Arino calls him Shacho (President) in the Arino Kacho no Boonasu Satei (Chief Arino's Bonus Appraisal in English). Despite this, Arino was a "Shacho" once during the GameCenter MSX segment, however, this segment is meant to be set in a different timeline where Arino actually played games without any failures.
Sometimes, business cards are always distributed as presents from the show's giveaways. Bandai Namco also created fake business cards as special goods limited to special editions of the show's game adaptations for Nintendo DS, 3DS, and Switch.
List of episodes
- All episodes listed here are hailing from Sega consoles or are owned by Sega in Non-Sega consoles;
- Episodes where Sega games are featured as part of secondary segments are not listed.
|Ep.||Game Name||Original System||Publisher||Air Date||Condition||Notes|
|#4||Roommania＃203||Sega Dreamcast||Sega||December 16, 2003||Cleared||Interview with Oji Hiroi|
|#33||Bonanza Bros.||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||July 5, 2006||Cleared||Also released as part of Retro Game Master DVDs.|
Sega Game Gear featured in Hard no Ace ga Detekonai
Games featured: Sonic the Hedgehog, Lemmings, Ganbare Gorby!
|#34||Daimakaimura||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||July 19, 2006||Cleared||Credits goes to Capcom and Sega.|
|#59||Super Fantasy Zone||Sega Mega Drive||Sunsoft||December 19, 2007||Failure||Credits goes to Sunsoft and Sega.|
Also released as part of Retro Game Master DVDs.
|#64||Sonic the Hedgehog||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||June 18, 2008||Cleared||No Chaos Emeralds collected.|
|#71||Chelnov||Sega Mega Drive||Data East||November 5, 2008||Cleared||Credits goes to Paon.|
|#81||Battle Golfer Yui||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||May 26, 2009||Cleared||Also released as part of Retro Game Master DVDs.|
|#87||Golden Axe||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||August 18, 2009||Cleared||Also released as part of Retro Game Master DVDs.|
|#102||Super Puyo Puyo||Super Famicom||Banpresto||August 5, 2010||Failure||Credits goes to Sega and Bandai Namco.|
|#120||Tanto-R||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||May 26, 2011||Cleared|
|#122||Comix Zone||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||June 23, 2011||Failure|
|#128||Strider Hiryuu||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||October 20, 2011||Cleared||Credits goes to Capcom, Moto Kikaku and Sega.|
|#135||Alex Kidd no Miracle World||Sega Mark III||Sega||February 9, 2012||Failure|
|Dynamite Headdy||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||April 26 2012
May 10, 2012
|#144||Gun-Dec||Family Computer||Sammy||July 19, 2012||Cleared||Credits goes to Sega.|
|#148||Pulseman||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||October 25, 2012||Cleared||Credits goes to Game Freak and Sega.|
|#135||Yumemi Yakata no Monogatari||Sega Mega-CD||Sega||December 13, 2012||Cleared|
|#168||Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||October 24, 2013||Failure||Credits goes to Shueisha, Fuji TV, Studio Pierrot and Sega.|
|#181||Gunstar Heroes||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||June 5, 2014||Cleared|
|#187||Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||September 18, 2014||Cleared|
|#190||D no Shokutaku||Sega Saturn||Acclaim Japan||November 20, 2014||Cleared||Credits goes to fyto|
(actual publishing rights owned by Throwback Entertainment)
|#207||ESWAT||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||October 22, 2015||Cleared|
|#223||Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijou||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||July 21, 2016||Cleared||Credits goes to Fujio Pro, Kodansha, Studio Pierrot and Sega.|
|#225||Juuouki||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||September 1, 2016||Cleared|
|#227||Mesopotamia||PC Engine||Atlus||October 27, 2016||Cleared||Sega appears in the staff roll of the episode.|
|Splatterhouse Part II||Sega Mega Drive||Namco||June 15, 2017
July 6, 2017
|Cleared||Credits goes to Bandai Namco.|
|#254||Virtua Fighter 2||Sega Saturn||Sega||February 25, 2018||Cleared|
|#270||Vampire Killer||Sega Mega Drive||Konami||December 6, 2018||Cleared||Credits goes to Konami Digital Entertainment.|
|#287||I Love Mickey and Donald: Fushigi na Magic Box||Mega Drive Mini||Sega||October 17, 2019||Cleared||Credits goes to Disney and Sega.|
|#290||Space Channel 5||Sega Dreamcast||Sega||December 5, 2019||Failure|
|#294||Mugen Senshi Valis||Sega Mega Drive||Riot||February 6, 2020||Cleared||Credits goes to City Connection|
(currently owned by Edia)
|#299||The House of the Dead||Sega Saturn||Sega||May 21, 2020||Cleared|
|#314||Dynamite Duke||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||February 25, 2021||Cleared||Credits goes to Seibu Kaihatsu and Sega.|
|#321||Gain Ground||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||July 8, 2021||Cleared|
|#328||Rastan Saga II||Sega Mega Drive||Taito||November 25, 2021||Cleared|
|#329||Super Monkey Ball||Nintendo GameCube||Sega||December 9, 2021||Cleared|
|#332||Space Harrier||Sega Mark III
|Sega||January 27, 2022||Cleared||Sega Saturn version cleared only.|
|#341||Crude Buster||Sega Mega Drive||Data East||July 14, 2022||Cleared||Credits goes to G-Mode.|
|#343||Alien Storm||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||August 11, 2022||Cleared|
|#344||SteamGear Mash||Sega Saturn||Takara||September 8, 2022||Cleared||Credits goes to Tomy.|
|#346||Magical Taruruto-kun||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||October 13, 2022||Cleared||Credits goes to Tatsuya Egawa, Shueisha, Toei Animation and Sega.|
|#347||New York Nyankies||Family Computer||Atlus||October 27, 2022||Cleared||Credits goes to Atlus and Sega.|
|#349||Captain Silver||Sega Mark III||Sega||November 24, 2012||Cleared||Credits goes to G-Mode and Sega.|
|#352||Night Trap||Sega Mega-CD||Sega||January 26, 2023||Cleared||Credits goes to Sega|
(original game owned by Hasbro)
|#359||Ichidanto-R||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||May 25, 2023||Failure|
|#367||Samba de Amigo Ver.2000||Sega Dreamcast||Sega||October 26, 2023||Failure|
|#368||Bare Knuckle II: Shitou he no Requiem||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||November 9, 2023||Cleared||Credits goes to Sega and Yuzo Koshiro for the music.|
|DVD||THE Game Maker: Sega Hen||All Sega systems||Sega
|April 3, 2012||Two-disc DVD Box. Includes:|
Game Collections of multiple Sega games
Playthrough of Sega games with Shinya Arino & Yoshiyuki Hirai
Masayuki Kibe interviews Yuji Naka
Retro Arcade Game Travelogue (Tamage) with Sega games
Virtua Fighter battle: Arino vs. GameCenter CX Staff
|DVD||Dynamite Deka||Sega Saturn||Sega||August 31, 2012||Cleared||Included as part of GameCenter CX in U.S.A. DVD box set|
|DVD||Sonic the Hedgehog 2||Sega Mega Drive||Sega||September 2, 2016||Cleared||Normal Ending|
Included as part of GameCenter CX: Mega Drive Special DVD box set
|SP||Sangokushi Taisen Ten||Nintendo DS||Sega||July 30, 2008
July 31, 2008
August 1, 2008
|Unknown||Specials played with Arino and Toshi Kato from Unagi (later Beagle 38)|
|SP||Bakuretsu Gundan Renegade||PlayStation 3||Sega||August 23, 2012||Unknown||Special played with America Zarigani and an AD from the show.|
Was available only through the show's official website
- One of the TV show's writers, Masayuki Kibe, is a Sega console owner (his parents bought a SG-1000 over the Family Computer by accident) and became a Sega fan over the years. He was also responsible for writing the screenplay of Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls anime.
- Gameplay footage of the Famicom version of Fantasy Zone is seen in the movie adaptation of the program (GameCenter CX THE MOVIE: 1986 Mighty Bomb Jack). While this counts towards a Sega game featured, the movie credits only Sunsoft due to their source code and distribution rights.
Name in other languages
Geemu Sentaa Shii Ekkusu
- GameCenter CX official website (in Japanese)