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ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) i
Alcohol Reference
Mild Fantasy Violence
Mild Language

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Thrown back in time to the 1980's, you are turned into a young boy and forced to play video games by an evil self-proclaimed “Game Master.” Game Master Arino will test your gaming skills by throwing various challenges at you in a wide variety of retro games including shooters, racing, action and even an epic role-playing game. To escape you must defeat him in every retro game challenge he throws at you. But you are not alone in you quest – armed with access to gaming magazines, you can find cheat codes to warp to later levels, receive unlimited continues or even become invincible! A young Arino is at your side to keep you company during your challenges, quite amused that he grows up to be so evil and becomes the cause of your current predicament. Test your skills with the awesomeness of the 8-bit era and prevent the retro games from exacting their revenge!


  • Experience Games in a Whole New Way – Rather than simply playing a game straight from start to finish, each game is played in short spurts to accomplish specific goals.
  • Wide-variety of Games to Keep Player Engaged – From classic shooters to racing, ninja action to epic role-playing, game play variety ensures there's something for everyone.
  • Entire Games Available for Free Play – Every retro game that is introduced in the story is available in its entirety once the initial challenges have been completed.
  • The in-game magazines not only provide cheat codes, but are a source of entertainment and virtual history about the video game industry as fake 80's news stories cover actual emerging 80's trends, software, and the video game crash of 1983

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Modern game platform with a great Retro twist.
2 years ago
Tough game to find...but thouroughly enjoyed the game. Any retro game fan (Early to Mid Famicom lifecycle) will appreciate the hommage that this game represents. Solid gameplay, controls and storyline definitely make this an extremely unique title in the DS vast lineup. If you get a chance to pick this not hesitate.
Length of ownership: 1 month
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Challenge from the past
8 years ago
This game was fun and unique in its own way. I liked the fact that they added some hard and challenging tasks for you to complete in order to unlock all of the games. My favorite games were Haggleman 3, Guardia Quest and both the Galaga-esque games. I highly reccomend this to retro gamers, and to people looking for a challenge too!
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A fun, unique (un)retro experience!
9 years ago
At first, it sounds like a bunch of old games repackaged into DS format, but in fact it is something completely different. Retro Game Challenge is a unique experience you can't find anywhere else. Play 8 new games made to look like 8-bit games from the mid to late 1980's as you try to overcome the challenges given by the Brain Age dude's evil cousin, Game Master Arino (To be quite honest, that's what he reminds me of.) These challenges range from simple, to downright long and/or frustrating. Although this game seems to be more akin to a Game Boy Advance game, the presentation and use of the DS's double screen is quite clever. Use one screen to play the game, and use another to read off of in-game magazines to get cheats hints and strategies, just like your childhood spent playing video games and buying gaming magazines. Although I first played video games at the turn of the millenium rather than the 80's, anyone into retro gaming and gaming in general can relate to and catch onto the in-game dialouge given by Arino, one of the main characters, especially his younger self who your character sits next to. The games for the most part are fun, which is good, as they should be fun. Sometimes, they even surpass their real-world counterpart in terms of fun and gameplay. The RPG, "Guadia Quest," for example has a LOT less level-grinding than the original Dragon Quest and has much deeper gameplay. Overall, the game should be a must-buy for those looking to see gaming history re-written in a modern format with great entertainment value.
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