GameCenter CX

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GameCenter CX
Cover for the 11th DVD Boxset, depicting a Famicom, controller and cartridge. The use of the Famicom on the cover was approved by Nintendo.
Variety show
StarringShinya Arino
Narrated byTsuyoshi Kan
Ayako Yamanaka
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of episodes310
ProducersNozomi Ishida
Seita Kadozawa
Tsuyoshi Kan
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesFuji Television
Gascoin Company
DistributorDiscotek Media (selected episodes only)
Original networkFuji TV One
Original releaseNovember 4, 2003 (2003-11-04) –

GameCenter CX (ゲームセンターCX, Gēmu Sentā Shī Ekkusu), also known as Retro Game Master in other regions, is a Japanese gaming-variety show television program produced by Fuji Television and Gascoin Company. The name is a combination of "game center" (the Japanese term for an arcade) and Fuji TV's call sign, JOCX-TV. It stars Shinya Arino, a member of comedy duo Yowiko, who plays home console video games from previous decades and usually attempts to get the game's ending within a single day. The show has been on-air since November 4, 2003, with a new episode airing bi-weekly at Thursday midnight on Fuji TV One. 18 DVD sets have been released in Japan. In 2008 Fuji TV was looking for international distributors for subtitled DVDs.[1][2]


The show is presented as a gaming variety show which follows a commentary-based long-play format. Shinya Arino challenges several games from previous eras, presented by his producers in order to get each ending. He is supported by the show's assistant directors (referred to as ADs) and sometimes other staff, both via moral support and actual gameplay. He also is featured in segments interspersed throughout the episodes where he goes to local arcade centers, as well as segments where he does a variety of things, such as interviews with game designers, showcasing classic console hardware or games, or a made-up game show where the staff participates.

GameCenter CX as a company[edit]

Arino is presented as an employee of the GameCenter CX company, which exists solely inside the GameCenter CX universe. His jumpsuit attire is adorned with the GameCenter CX logo, which with the second season onward lost the original brackets around the "CX". Arino formally greets anyone of status by serving him/her a business card. The CX company even promotes Arino depending on how well he does during the season. The phrase Arino says right before turning on the console, "Kachō on!", signifies his role as chief of the aforementioned company.

Season Position Explanation
Season 1 Senior Staff (Shunin)
Season 2 Acting Chief (Kachō Dairi)
Season 3 Chief (Kachō) After clearing every game in the 3rd Season
Season 4 Acting Chief (Kachō Dairi) 4 losses in a row - Ultraman to ActRaiser
Season 4 Senior Staff (Shunin) Demoted due to a second final boss failure in ActRaiser
Season 4 Chief (Kachō) Promoted due to successful completion of Quiz Tonosama no Yabou

To continue on with the corporate theme of the show, a stock certificate was included with the second DVD collection to have the buyers feel like they owned stock in the company. In the last episode of season 7, Bandai Namco Entertainment president Ishikawa made Arino an honorary employee and presented him with a company card.


The assistant directors help provide creative input, construct settings, and work as a camera crew at times, especially when on location. Their on-screen presence is typically precipitated by Arino struggling with a spot in a game. They will offer help of a varying degree, enough to dislodge Arino from his despair, but not so much as to raise questions about whether he beat the game on his own. These members of staff start as interns, and often they are promoted to various paid positions surrounding the show's production. Many have moved on to other Japanese TV shows. After they left the staff, sometimes they reappeared in next seasons or special DVD challenges.

  • Naoki Yamada (山田直喜) - Season 1
  • Shinichirou Toujima (東島真一郎) - Seasons 1 & 2 (first episode only)
  • Hiroshi Sasano (笹野大司) - Season 2
  • Shun Urakawa (浦川瞬) - Seasons 3 & 4
  • Yuuya Inoue (井上侑也), a.k.a. Inoko MAX (イノコMAX) - Seasons 5 & 6, become part of main staff since the end of season 13 as director
  • Sachi Takahashi (高橋佐知), a.k.a. Meijin,Sensei (名人,先生) - Season 7
  • Takeshi Tsuruoka (鶴岡丈志) - Season 8
  • Tomoaki Nakayama (中山智明) - Seasons 9 & 10
  • Hiroyuki Emoto (江本紘之), a.k.a. Emoyan (エモヤン) - Seasons 11 & 12
  • Akane Itou (伊藤茜) - Seasons 11 & 12 & 13
  • Yuuki Katayama (片山雄貴), a.k.a. Katakin-kun (片きんくん) - Seasons 13 & 14 & 15
  • Junpei Takahashi (高橋純平) - Seasons 13 & 14 & 15
  • Atsushi Itou (伊東篤志) - Season 16
  • Gen Matsui (松井現) - Seasons 16 & 17 & 18
  • Hideaki Yanai (矢内英明) - Seasons 18 & 19
  • Ryo Osuka (大須賀良) - Seasons 19 & 20
  • Hirotaka Watari (渡大空) - Seasons 20 & 21
  • Yuta Kaga (加賀祐太) - Seasons 21 & 22
  • Tasuku Iwahashi (岩橋資) - Seasons 22 & 23
  • Kusuda Kenta (楠田健太) - Season 23
  • Kobayashi Kyosuke (小林恭介) - Season 23 & 24
  • Motonao Inotani (猪谷元直) - Season 25

Miscellaneous staff[edit]

  • Kouichi Abe (阿部浩一) - Cameraman
  • Masayuki Kibe (岐部昌幸) - Art Director, Writer
  • Tsuyoshi Kan (菅剛史) - Producer, Narrator
  • Yuuichirou Suda (須田祐一郎) - Video Editor
  • Muneaki Tanizawa (谷澤宗明), a.k.a. Tanii (タニー) - Voice Mixing
  • Kensaku Sakai (酒井健作) - Planner
  • Yuko Watanabe (渡邊優子) - Assistant Director, left the staff in the 12th season. Came back as director in 17th season.
  • Tsukasa Nagahashi (長橋司) - Assistant Director
  • Tatsuya Fujimoto (藤本達也) - Production
  • Fukutomi Mikan (福富ミカン) - Assistant Director (AD)
  • Tomoyuki Ogawa (小川友希) - Promotion (PR)


  • Audio clips from the videogame Kid Icarus (光神話 パルテナの鏡) are often used to intro segments with The King.
  • The song used during Arino's arcade field trip adventures is called 異国のしらべ from HEAT WAVE.
  • The song during his trip north is "Between the expansive sky and large land" by Chiharu Matsuyama.
  • The second and third seasons made extensive use of the soundtracks from the games Headhunter and Headhunter Redemption to highlight the show's dramatic segments.
  • The show also frequently features popular music by contemporary artists such as Phil Collins, Jesse McCartney and Madonna, as well as music from film scores like Jurassic Park and Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Segment Songs[edit]

  • Urawaza Jet Stream uses the songs Intimacy of My Woman's Beautiful Eyes by James Carter (for only one episode) and Romeo is Bleeding by Tom Waits for the rest the segments. Episode 25 uses the song Night Birds by Shakatak while Arino is reading the postcard
  • The Aces of Hardware Won't Appear uses the song Heart No Ace Ga Detekonai by Candies
  • The Romance Never Ends uses the song Romanticが止まらない by C-C-B
  • Game & Watch, I Can't Leave You Alone uses the song Hottoke Naiyo by Seishrio Kusunose
  • Famicom Manga Café song is based on Hello Goodbye by Yoshie Kashiwabara
  • Singing About Whatever the Hell You Want uses the song Do Whatever the Hell You Want by Kenji Sawada
  • Retro Read-Aloud uses the song Naturish by Marsh and Nox Vahn
  • Everything Important in Life, I Learned From Video Game Strategy Guides uses the song The Road Home by San-Bao
  • When I Looked Back, He Was There uses the song YAH YAH YAH by Chage and Aska
  • DJ Monster Battle uses the song Anasthasia by T99
  • Chief Arino's Bonus Assessment uses the song En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor by David Garrett

Game challenges[edit]

Main games[edit]

NOTE: An asterisk (*) is noted beside the episode number to indicate the episode's localization and release on Kotaku. Western titles in "quotes" are unofficial names Kotaku uses to refer to Japan-only games.

1st season

(This season featured a game series or game company as its main focus with Arino's challenge game as a secondary feature)

Ep # Game Challenge
Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
たけしの挑戦状 Takeshi no Chōsenjō (1986) N/A Famicom Cleared
アンジェリーク トロワ Angelique Trois (2001) N/A PlayStation 2 Failed (Bad Ending)
鉄騎 Tekki (2002) Steel Battalion (2002) Xbox Cleared Mission 3
ROOMMANIA#203 ROOMMANIA#203 (2000) N/A Dreamcast Cleared, after pausing footage to read the ending
スターフォース Star Force (1985) Star Force (1987) Famicom Cleared
アストロロボSASA Astro Robo Sasa (1985) N/A Famicom Failed
ギャラガ Namco Museum Vol. 1: Galaga (1995) Namco Museum Vol. 1: Galaga (1996) PlayStation Cleared
ドアドア Door Door (1985) N/A Famicom Cleared with help
Yie Ar Kung-Fu (1985)
Gradius (1986)
Hyper Olympic (1985)
Yie Ar Kung-Fu (1986)
Gradius (1986)
Track & Field (1987)
Cleared with help
Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1986)
Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Famicom Disk System
Failed (later ruled a draw)
スーパーマリオブラザーズ2(リベンジ企画) Super Mario Bros. 2 (1986) (Rematch) Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Famicom Disk System Cleared with help
2nd season

(episode numbering started with Arino's challenge games being the main feature)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
1 *
アトランチスの謎 Atlantis no Nazo (1986) N/A Famicom Cleared
チャレンジャー Challenger (1986) N/A Famicom Cleared
魔界村 Makaimura (1986) Ghosts 'n Goblins (1986) Famicom Failed (only beat game once)
コナミワイワイワールド Konami Wai Wai World (1988) N/A Famicom Cleared
メトロイド Metroid (1986) Metroid (1987) Famicom Disk System Cleared, but did not get "unmasked Samus" ending
6 *
ソロモンの鍵 Solomon no Kagi (1986) Solomon's Key (1987) Famicom Cleared
プリンスオブペルシャ Prince of Persia (1992) Prince of Persia (1992) Super Famicom Cleared
ロックマン2 Dr.ワイリーの謎 Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo (1988) Mega Man 2 (1989) Famicom Failed
スーパーマリオブラザーズ3 Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) Famicom Failed
3rd season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
カトちゃんケンちゃん Kato Chan Ken Chan (1988) J.J. & Jeff (1990) PC Engine Cleared
突撃!風雲たけし城 Totsugeki! Fūun Takeshi-jō (1988) N/A Famicom Cleared
ときめきメモリアル Tokimeki Memorial (1996) N/A PlayStation Cleared
ファミコンジャンプ英雄列伝 Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden (1989) N/A Famicom Cleared
夢工場ドキドキパニック Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987) Super Mario Bros. 2 (1989) Famicom Disk System Partial clear
火の鳥 鳳凰編 我王の冒険 Hi no Tori Hououhen: Gaou no Bouken (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
スーパーマリオワールド Super Mario World (1990) Super Mario World (1991) Super Famicom Cleared
迷宮組曲 Meikyuu Kumikyoku (1987) Milon's Secret Castle (1988) Famicom Cleared
ゼルダの伝説 神々のトライフォース Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Tri-Force (1992) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992) Super Famicom Cleared
4th season

(The season mascot changes from King to Queen)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ウルトラマン Ultraman (1991) Ultraman: Towards the Future (1991) Super Famicom Failed
ファイナルファイト Final Fight (1991) Final Fight (1991) Super Famicom Failed
高橋名人の冒険島 Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima (1986) Adventure Island (1988) Famicom Failed
アクトレイザー ActRaiser (1991) ActRaiser (1992) Super Famicom Failed (demoted two ranks to Senior Staff)
クイズ殿様の野望 Quiz Tonosama no Yabou (1993) N/A PC Engine CD Cleared (promoted two ranks to Chief)
ドラえもん Doraemon (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
スーパーマリオ64 Super Mario 64 (1996) Super Mario 64 (1996) Nintendo 64 Cleared
29 *
忍者龍剣伝 Ninja Ryūkenden (1989) Ninja Gaiden (1989) Famicom Cleared
光神話 パルテナの鏡 Hikari Shinwa: Palutena no Kagami (1987) Kid Icarus (1987) Famicom Disk System Cleared (got worst ending)
5th season

(Season was shortened due to birth of Arino's daughter)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
海腹川背 Umihara Kawase (1994) N/A Super Famicom Incomplete clear (called a draw by Urakawa)
魂斗羅 Contra (1988) Contra / Probotector (1988) Famicom Cleared
33 *
ボナンザブラザーズ Bonanza Brothers (1991) Bonanza Bros. (1991) Mega Drive Cleared
大魔界村 Dai Makaimura (1989) Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1989) Mega Drive Cleared
サラダの国のトマト姫 Salad no Kuni no Tomato Hime (1988) Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (1991) Famicom Cleared
妖怪道中記 Yokai Dochuki (1988) N/A PC Engine Failed (got 2nd worst ending)
6th season

(The season mascot changes from Queen to Dark King)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ストリートファイター2 Street Fighter 2 (1992) Street Fighter II (1992) Super Famicom Cleared single-player with Dhalsim (2-3 Vs. Staff, deemed a loss)
悪魔城伝説 Akumajō Densetsu (1989) Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1990) Famicom Password Skipped Level 7–5, failed 3rd ending boss
マイティボンジャック Mighty Bomb Jack (1986) Mighty Bomb Jack (1987) Famicom Failed, Rematch requested
レッドアリーマー2 Red Arimer 2 (1992) Gargoyle's Quest II (1993) Famicom Failed
マイティボンジャック Mighty Bomb Jack (1986) (Live show, 2006/12/23) Mighty Bomb Jack (1987) Famicom Cleared
アドベンチャークイズ・カプコンワールド ハテナの大冒険 Adventure Quiz Capcom World: Hatena no Daibouken (1992) N/A PC Engine CD Cleared
43 *
セプテントリオン Septentrion (1993) SOS (1994) Super Famicom Failed to get "good ending," but ruled clear by Arino
バイオミラクル ぼくってウパ Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (1988) N/A Famicom Disk System Cleared
7th season

(the season changes from Dark King to King. The Dark King makes a brief reappearance in #53)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ウルトラセブン Ultraseven (1993) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
ロックマン Rockman (1988) Mega Man (1988) Famicom Cleared
ワギャンランド Wagan Land (1989) N/A Famicom Cleared
アウターワールド Outer World (1993) Another World (1993) (Europe)
Out Of This World (1993) (North America)
Super Famicom Cleared
がんばれゴエモン ゆき姫救出絵巻 Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki (1991) The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (1992) Super Famicom Failed, Revenge Challenge Requested
たまゲーin韓国byエコノミークラス Trip to Korea by Economy Class N/A N/A N/A
六三四の剣 ただいま修行中 Musashi no Ken – Tadaima Shugyō Chū (1986) N/A Famicom Cleared (3-2 Vs. Staff)
超魔界村 Chō Makaimura (1992) Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1992) Super Famicom Cleared
クロックタワー Clock Tower (1995) N/A Super Famicom Cleared (S Best Ending)
カイの冒険 Kai no Bouken (1988) The Quest of Ki Famicom Failed (Reached 79th level)
8th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
カイの冒険 Kai no Bouken (1988) The Quest of Ki Famicom Failed (Reached 98th level)
フラッシュバック Flashback (1993) Flashback (1994) Super Famicom Cleared
ビックリマンワールド Bikkuriman World (1988) Wonder Boy in Monster Land (1988) PC Engine Cleared
仮面の忍者 花丸 Kamen no Ninja Hanamaru (1990) Yo! Noid (1991) Famicom Cleared
59 *
スーパーファンタジーゾーン Super Fantasy Zone (1992) Super Fantasy Zone (1992) Mega Drive Failed
Christmas Eve Live 2007
カイの冒険 Kai no Bouken (1988) The Quest of Ki Famicom Cleared
PC原人 PC-Genjin (1989) Bonk's Adventure / PC Kid (1990) PC Engine Cleared
61 *
東海道五十三次 Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi (1986) N/A Famicom Failed
悪魔城すぺしゃる ぼくドラキュラくん Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun (1990) Kid Dracula (2019) Famicom Cleared
クインティ Quinty (1989) Mendel Palace (1991) Famicom Cleared
9th season

(Season was shortened due to Arino being hospitalized)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) Mega Drive Cleared (without all Chaos Emeralds)
課長の海外出張inカンヌ映画祭 Kachou no Kaigai Shucchou in Cannes Eigaisai The Kacho Goes to the Cannes Film Festival N/A Aired while Arino was in hospital
おかえり!課長リターンズスペシャル Okaeri! Kachou Returns Special Super Mario Bros. (1986)
Dr. Mario (1991)
Famicom Warped to World 3, but failed to clear challenge
Win vs. Nakayama
暴れん坊天狗 Abarenbou Tengu (1991) Zombie Nation (1991) Famicom Cleared
68 *
マドゥーラの翼 Madoola no Tsubasa (1987) The Wing of Madoola Famicom Cleared
ドラゴンスレイヤーIV Dragon Slayer IV (1987) Legacy of the Wizard (1989) Famicom Cleared
10th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ドラゴンボール 神龍の謎 Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo (1987) Dragon Power (1988) (NA)
DragonBall (1990) (EU)
Famicom Failed
チェルノブ Chelnov (1993) Atomic Runner (1993) Mega Drive Cleared
ゆうゆのクイズでGO!GO! Yuuyu no Quiz de GO! GO! (1993) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
レミングス Lemmings (1992) Lemmings (1992) Super Famicom Cleared on Tricky difficulty
ファーストサムライ First Samurai (1993) First Samurai (1993) Super Famicom Cleared
スーパードンキーコング Super Donkey Kong (1995) Donkey Kong Country (1995) Super Famicom Cleared
餓狼伝説スペシャル Garou Densetsu Special (1994) Fatal Fury Special (1994) Neo Geo Cleared
11th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
福岡里帰りスペシャル Fukuoka Hometown Special N/A N/A N/A
レイラ Layla (1987) N/A Famicom Failed
星のカービィ夢の泉の物語 Hoshi no Kābī: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari (1993) Kirby's Adventure (1993) Famicom Cleared
81 *
バトルゴルファー唯 Battle Golfer Yui (1991) N/A Mega Drive Cleared, (2-0 Vs. Staff)
ロックマン3 Dr.ワイリーの最期!? Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!? (1990) Mega Man 3 (1991) Famicom Cleared
すーぱーぐっすんおよよ Super Gussun Oyoyo (1995) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
源平討魔伝 Genpei Tōma Den (1990) N/A PC Engine Failed, Revenge Challenge Requested
パンチアウト!! Punch-Out!! (1988) Punch-Out!! (1988) Famicom Failed
87 *
ゴールデンアックス Golden Axe (1990) Golden Axe (1990) Mega Drive Cleared
ディグダグII Dig Dug II (1986) Dig Dug II (1990) Famicom Cleared
89 (24-hour challenge)
レミングス Lemmings (1992) Lemmings (1992) Super Famicom Cleared on Taxing Difficulty
12th season

(The season mascot changes from King to Fallen Warrior)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ドラゴンバスター Dragon Buster (1987) Dragon Buster Famicom Cleared
カケフくんのジャンプ天国 スピード地獄 Kakefu Kun no Jump Tengoku: Speed Jigoku (1988) Kid Kool and the Quest for the Seven Wonder Herbs (1990) Famicom Failed
不思議のダンジョン2 風来のシレン Fushigi no Dungeon 2: Fūrai no Shiren (1996) Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Super Famicom Cleared
電車でGO! Densha de Go! (1998) N/A PlayStation Failed (Got bad Ending)
2010 ストリートファイター 2010 Street Fighter (1990) Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (1990) Famicom Failed
忍者龍剣伝II 暗黒の邪神剣 Ninja Ryūkenden II: Ankoku no Jashinken (1990) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (1990) Famicom Cleared
パイロットウイングス Pilotwings (1991) Pilotwings (1991) Super Famicom Failed
レインボーアイランド Rainbow Islands (1988) Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (1991) Famicom Failed
レッキングクルー Wrecking Crew (1985) Wrecking Crew (1986) Famicom Cleared
13th season

(The season mascot changes from Fallen Warrior to King)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ゴルゴ13 第一章 神々の黄昏 Golgo 13: Kamigami no Tasogare (1988) Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (1988) Famicom Cleared
す〜ぱ〜ぷよぷよ Super Puyo Puyo (1994) Kirby's Avalanche (1995) (NA)
Kirby's Ghost Trap (1995) (EU)
Super Famicom Failed to clear challenge and against staff in a vs battle
甲子園 Koushien (1990) N/A Famicom Failed
ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 復活! 天魔大王 Gegege No Kitarō: Fukkatsu! Tenma Daiou (1993) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
北海道連鎖殺人 オホーツクに消ゆ Hokkaido Rensa Satsujin: Ohotsuku ni Kiyu (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
「ドラクエ」を創った男 堀井雄二スペシャル Yuji Horii Interview Special (no game) N/A N/A N/A
14th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
パリ・ダカール ラリー・スペシャル Paris-Dakar Rally Special (1988) N/A Famicom Cleared (but did not get good ending)
ジェリーボーイ Jerry Boy (1991) Smart Ball (1992) Super Famicom Cleared in 9 hours
ゼルダの伝説 時のオカリナ Zelda no Densetsu: Toki no Ocarina (1998) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) Nintendo 64 Cleared in 3 days
New Year Live Special
星のカービィスーパーデラックス Hoshi no Kābī Sūpā Derakkusu (1996) Kirby Super Star (1996) Super Famicom Cleared
スーパースターフォース 時空暦の秘密 Super Star Force: Jikūreki no Himitsu (1987) N/A Famicom Failed
最後の忍道 Saigo no Nindou (1990) Ninja Spirit (1990) PC Engine Cleared in 2 hours, 10 minutes (at the time the fastest clear ever)
かまいたちの夜 Kamaitachi no Yoru (1995) Banshee's Last Cry Super Famicom Cleared
ロックマン4 新たなる野望!! Rockman 4: Arata Naru Yabō! (1992) Mega Man 4 (1992) Famicom Cleared
バベルの塔 Babel no Tō (1986) Tower of Babel Famicom Failed
15th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ギミック! Gimmick! (1992) Mr. Gimmick! (1993) Famicom Failed (Got bad ending)
F-ZERO F-ZERO (1991) F-Zero (1991) Super Famicom Cleared (on standard difficulty instead of expert) with AD Takahashi's help
タントアール Tant-R (1994) N/A Mega Drive Cleared
バイオ戦士DAN Bio Senshi DAN (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
コミックスゾーン Comix Zone (1995) Comix Zone (1995) Mega Drive Failed (Got bad ending)
カービィボウル Kirby Bowl (1994) Kirby's Dream Course (1995) Super Famicom Cleared
メタルストーム Metal Storm (1992) Metal Storm (1991) Famicom Failed
子育てクイズ マイエンジェル Kosodate Quiz My Angel (1998) N/A PlayStation Cleared
バトルフォーミュラ Battle Formula (1991) Super Spy Hunter (1992) Famicom Failed
ハロー!パックマン Hello! Pac-Man (1994) Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (1994) Super Famicom Cleared
2 Hour Special
GameCenter CX in USA/RoboCop RoboCop (1989) RoboCop (1989) Famicom Cleared
ストライダー飛竜 Strider Hiryu (1990) Strider (1990) Mega Drive Cleared
飛龍の拳 奥義の書 Hiryū no Ken: Ougi no Sho (1987) Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll (1989) Famicom Failed (only beat game once)
聖闘士星矢 黄金伝説 Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
天下のご意見番 水戸黄門 Tenka no Goikenban: Mito Koumon (1987) N/A Famicom Failed
バトルトード Battletoads (1992) Battletoads (1991) Famicom Cleared (Lower difficulty)
探偵神宮寺三郎 新宿中央公園殺人事件 Tantei Jinguuji Saburou: Shinjuku Chuuou Kouen Satsujin Jiken (1987) Jake Hunter: The Petty Murder of a Fragile Heart Famicom Disk System Cleared
アレックスキッドのミラクルワールド Alex Kidd no Miracle World (1987) Alex Kidd in Miracle World (1987) Sega Mark III Failed
Birthday Live 2012
パイロットウイングス Pilotwings (1991) Pilotwings (1991) Super Famicom Failed
グラディウス Gradius (1986) Gradius (1987) Famicom Cleared
16th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
スーパーチャイニーズ Super Chinese (1986) Kung Fu Heroes (1989) Famicom Failed
ダイナマイト・ヘッディー Dynamite Headdy (1994) Dynamite Headdy (1994) Mega Drive Cleared
カットビ!宅配くん Kattobi! Takuhai-kun (1991) N/A PC Engine Failed
キャプテン翼 Captain Tsubasa (1988) Tecmo Cup Soccer Game (1992) Famicom Cleared
岩手出張スペシャル「パイロットウイングス」完結!? Iwate Special: Pilotwings Revenge Pilotwings (1991) Super Famicom Cleared
ガンデック Gun-Dec (1991) Vice: Project Doom (1992) Famicom Cleared
ファミコン探偵倶楽部 消えた後継者 Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha (1988) Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir Famicom Disk System Cleared
カルノフ Karnov (1988) Karnov (1988) Famicom Cleared
川のぬし釣り2 Kawa no Nushi Tsuri 2 (1995) N/A Super Famicom Failed
2 Hour Special
GameCenter CX in Asia/スーパーマリオカート Super Mario Kart (1992) Super Mario Kart (1992) Super Famicom Failed to clear the challenge, but won 3-2 Vs. Staff
パルスマン Pulseman (1994) Pulseman (1995) Mega Drive Cleared
迷宮島 Meikyūjima (1990) Kickle Cubicle (1990) Famicom Cleared
パラッパラッパー Parappa Rappa (1996) PaRappa the Rapper (1997) PlayStation Cleared
夢見屋形の物語 Yumemi Yakata no Monogatari (1993) Mansion of Hidden Souls (1993) Mega CD Cleared
スーパーマリオ ヨッシーアイランド Super Mario: Yoshi's Island (1995) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995) Super Famicom Cleared
メトロクロス Metro-Cross (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
スペースハンター Space Hunter (1986) N/A Famicom Cleared
17th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ミッキーのマジカルアドベンチャー Mickey no Magical Adventure (1993) The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse (1993) Super Famicom Cleared
ファミリートレーナー ジョギングレース Family Trainer Jogging Race (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared (Got 2nd Place with help from AD Katayama)
トム・ソーヤーの冒険 Tomu Sōyā no Bōken (1989) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1989) Famicom Cleared
超惑星戦記メタファイト Chô Wakusei Senki Metafight (1988) Blaster Master (1989) Famicom Failed
ベスト競馬 ダービースタリオン Best Keiba Derby Stallion (1992) N/A Famicom Failed
スーパードンキーコング2 ディクシー&ディディー Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy (1996) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1996) Super Famicom Cleared
2 Hour Special
Famicom 30th Anniversary Live Special/ファミコン30周年生放送SP Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo (1989) Mega Man 2 (1989) Famicom Cleared
ドラゴンボールZ 超武闘伝 Dragon Ball Z Super Butōden (1993) Dragon Ball Z (1994) Super Famicom Cleared (Normal Ending), lost 1-4 Vs. Staff
闇の仕事人 KAGE Yami no Shigotonin Kage (1990) Shadow of the Ninja (1991) (NA)
Blue Shadow (1991) (EU)
Famicom Cleared
スカイキッド Sky Kid (1986) Sky Kid (1987) Famicom Failed
2 Hour Special
GameCenter CX In Paris / マリオとワリオ Mario & Wario (1993) N/A Super Famicom Failed
幽★遊★白書 魔強統一戦 Yū Yū Hakusho Makyō Tōitsusen (1994) N/A Mega Drive Failed (Got Bad Ending in Super Mode), Lost in 2 x 2 battle against staff
ニトロパンクス マイトヘッズ Nitropunks: Mightheads (1993) Rocky Rodent (1993) Super Famicom Failed
アイギーナの予言 バルバルークの伝説より Aigīna no Yogen: Barubarūku no Densetsu Yori (1987) Aigina's Prophecy Famicom Cleared
2 Hour Special
Arino's Challenge in Budokan Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Makaimura (1986)
Punch-Out!! (1988)
Best Keiba Derby Stallion (1992)
Street Fighter 2 (1992)
Super Mario Bros. (1986)
Ghosts 'n Goblins (1987)
Punch-Out!! (1988)
Street Fighter II (1992)
Famicom / Super Famicom Super Mario Bros.: Cleared (World 8–4)
Ghosts 'n Goblins: Cleared (Defeated 1st-stage Red Arremer)
Punch-Out!!: Failed (Did not defeat Soda Popinski)
Derby Stallion: Cleared (Got Nippon Derby Champion)
Street Fighter II: Failed (Did not defeat the staff in VS mode)
Budokan Documentary N/A N/A N/A N/A
美味しんぼ 究極のメニュー三本勝負 Oishinbo: Kyūkyoku no Menyū Sanbon Shōbu (1989) N/A Famicom Cleared
うっでいぽこ Woody Poko (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
ノスフェラトゥ Nosferatu (1994) Nosferatu (1995) Super Famicom Failed (bad ending)
18th season

(The season mascot changes from the King to Elephant King)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
竜の子ファイター Tatsu no Ko Fighter (1990) N/A PC Engine Cleared
ロックマンX Rockman X (1993) Mega Man X (1994) Super Famicom Cleared
殺意の階層 パワーソフト連続殺人事件 Satsui no Kaisou: Power Soft Renzoku Satsujin Jiken (1988) N/A Famicom Failed (Worst Ending)
ガンスターヒーローズ Gunstar Heroes (1993) Gunstar Heroes (1993) Mega Drive Cleared
天下一武士 ケルナグール Tenkaichi Bushi Keru Nagūru (1989) N/A Famicom Cleared (Normal Ending)
超ゴジラ Chō-Gojira (1994) Super Godzilla (1994) Super Famicom Cleared
スーパーマリオランド Super Mario Land (1989) Super Mario Land (1989) Game Boy Cleared
ファミリージョッキー Family Jockey (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
シャドー・ダンサー Shadow Dancer (1991) Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (1991) Mega Drive Cleared
平成天才バカボン Heisei Tensai Bakabon (1992) N/A Famicom Cleared
マジックソード Magic Sword (1992) Magic Sword (1992) Super Famicom Cleared (Good Ending)
Dの食卓 D no Shokutaku (1995) D (1995/1996) Saturn Cleared
クレイジー・クライマー Crazy Climber (1987) N/A Famicom Failed
超絶倫人ベラボーマン Chō Zetsurin Jin: Berabōman (1990) Bravoman (1990) PC Engine Failed
R-TYPE R-Type (1988) R-Type (1989) PC Engine Failed (only cleared part I)
伝説の騎士エルロンド Densetsu no Kishi Elrond (1988) Wizards & Warriors (1988) Famicom Cleared
戦場の狼 Senjō no Ōkami (1986) Commando (1987) Famicom Cleared
謎の村雨城 Nazo no Murasame Jō (1986) The Mysterious Murasame Castle Famicom Disk System Failed
19th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
I.Q インテリジェントキューブ I.Q Intelligent Qube (1997) Intelligent Qube (1997) PlayStation Cleared
QUIZなないろDREAMS 虹色町の奇跡 Quiz Nanairo Dreams: Nijiiro Machi no Kiseki (1997) N/A PlayStation Failed (bad ending)
全日本プロレス Zen-Nippon Pro Wrestling (1993) N/A Super Famicom Cleared, (2-1 Vs. Staff)
ダブルドラゴン Double Dragon (1988) Double Dragon (1987) Famicom Failed
忍者くん 阿修羅ノ章 Ninja-kun: Ashura no Shō (1988) N/A Famicom Cleared
2 Hour Special
GameCenter CX in Vietnam/ナムコミュージアム Vol.4: イシターの復活 Namco Museum Vol.4: Ishtar no Fukkatsu (1997) Namco Museum Vol.4: The Return of Ishtar (1997) PlayStation Failed
山村美紗サスペンス 京都龍の寺殺人事件 Yamamura Misa Suspense: Kyōto Ryuu no Tera Satsujin (1988) N/A Famicom Cleared
モグラ〜ニャ Mogurā~nya (1996) Mole Mania (1997) Game Boy Failed
闘いの挽歌 Tatakai no Banka (1987) Trojan (1987) Famicom Cleared
サイバーポリス イースワット Cyber Police ESWAT (1990) ESWAT: City under Siege (1990) Mega Drive Cleared
改造町人シュビビンマン Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman (1989) N/A PC Engine Cleared
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA 2 リンクの冒険 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA 2: Link no Bouken (1987) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988) Famicom Disk System Failed
TAITO CHASE H.Q. Taito Chase H.Q. (1990) Chase H.Q. (1992) PC Engine Cleared
オリビアのミステリー Olivia no Mystery (1994) N/A Super Famicom Cleared (Bad Ending)
THE 功夫 The Kung Fu (1988) China Warrior (1989) PC Engine Cleared
夢ペンギン物語 Yume Penguin Monogatari (1991) N/A Famicom Cleared in 1 hour, 35 minutes (the fastest clear ever)
セクロス Seicross (1986) Seicross (1989) Famicom Failed
スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨 Super Mario Land 2: Muttsu no Kinka (1993) Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1993) Game Boy Cleared
20th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
サルゲッチュ Saru Getchu (1999) Ape Escape (1999) PlayStation Cleared with normal ending
アルゴスの戦士 はちゃめちゃ大進撃 Argos no Senshi: Hachamecha Daishingeki (1987) Rygar (1987) Famicom Cleared
超兄貴 Cho Aniki (1993) N/A PC Engine Cleared
ワギャンランド2 Wagan Land 2 (1991) N/A Famicom Cleared
おそ松くん はちゃめちゃ劇場 Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijō (1989) N/A Mega Drive Cleared
地底戦空バゾルダー Vazolder: The Underground Battle Space (1992) Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth (1992) Famicom Cleared
獣王記 Jūōki (1989) Altered Beast (1989) Mega Drive Cleared
ゲームセンターCX in 四国/奇々怪界 KiKi KaiKai (1990) N/A PC Engine Failed (Bad ending)
メソポタミア Mesopotamia (1992) Somer Assault (1992) PC Engine Cleared
クイズ殿様の野望2 全国版 Quiz Tonosama no Yabō 2: Zenkoku-ban (1995) N/A CPS-1 board Cleared with team of staff members
コスモポリス ギャリバン Cosmo Police Galivan (1988) N/A Famicom Failed
クロックタワー2 Clock Tower 2 (1997) Clock Tower (1998) PlayStation Cleared
人間兵器デッドフォックス Ningen Heiki Dead Fox (1990) Code Name: Viper (1990) Famicom Cleared
F-ZERO X F-ZERO X (1998) F-Zero X (1999) Nintendo 64 All cups Cleared on Novice
ピザポップ! Pizza Pop! (1992) N/A Famicom Cleared
SUPER魂斗羅 Super Contra (1990) Super Contra (1990) Famicom Cleared
メルヘンメイズ Märchen Maze (1991) N/A PC Engine Incomplete (Continued in season 21)
21st season

(During Episode 244, the staff switched to a CRT monitor during the light gun stages.)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
メルヘンメイズ Märchen Maze (1991) N/A PC Engine Failed
熱血硬派くにおくん Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (1987) Renegade (1988) Famicom Cleared
電車でGO!64 Densha de Go! 64 (1999) N/A Nintendo 64 Cleared
ウンジャマ・ラミー Um Jammer Lammy (1999) Um Jammer Lammy (1999) PlayStation Failed
スプラッターハウス PARTII Splatterhouse Part II (1992) Splatterhouse 2 (1992) Mega Drive Cleared
ゲームセンターCX on 太平洋/忍者龍剣伝III 黄泉の方船 Ninja Ryūkenden III: Yomi no Hakobune (1991) Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (1991) Famicom Cleared
マッド・シティ Mad City (1988) The Adventures of Bayou Billy (1989) Famicom Cleared with bad end, cleared 2nd time with good end
西村京太郎ミステリー ブルートレイン殺人事件 Nishimura Kyōtarō Misuterī: Blue Train Satsujin Jiken (1989) N/A Famicom Cleared
SUPER R-TYPE Super R-Type (1991) Super R-Type (1991) Super Famicom Cleared
アースワーム・ジム Earthworm Jim (1995) Earthworm Jim (1994) Super Famicom Cleared
PC原人2 PC-Genjin 2 (1991) Bonk's Revenge / PC Kid 2 (1991) PC Engine Cleared
激写ボーイ Gekisha Boy (1993) N/A PC Engine Cleared
ドラゴンクエスト Dragon Quest (1986) Dragon Warrior (1989) Famicom Cleared
天地を喰らう Tenchi wo Kurau (1994) Dynasty Wars (1994) PC Engine Cleared
バザールでござーるのゲームでござーる Bazaru de Gozaru no Gemu Degozaru (1996) N/A PC Engine Cleared
バーチャファイター2 Virtua Fighter 2 (1996) Virtua Fighter 2 (1996) Saturn Cleared with no bonus, won 3 vs 2 staff
新日本プロレスリング超戦士IN闘強導夢 Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling: Chou Senshi in Tokyo Dome (1993) N/A Super Famicom Failed, lost 0 vs 5 staff
ワイルドガンズ Wild Guns (1994) Wild Guns (1995) Super Famicom Cleared
22nd season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ロックマンX2 Rockman X2 (1994) Mega Man X2 (1995) Super Famicom Cleared
ワンダーモモ Wonder Momo (1989) N/A PC Engine Cleared
魔獣王 Majyūō (1995) N/A Super Famicom Failed
ポケットザウルス 十王剣の謎 Pocket Saurus Jūōken no nazo (1987) N/A Famicom Failed
星のカービィ64 Hoshi no Kirby 64 (2000) Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000) Nintendo 64 Failed (Bad Ending & lost against Staff)
キャプテン翼II スーパーストライカー Captain Tsubasa II: Super Striker (1990) N/A Famicom Cleared
影の伝説 The Legend of Kage (1986) The Legend of Kage (1987) Famicom Cleared (Twice & got the true ending on the second try)
チョロQ Choro Q (1996) N/A PlayStation Cleared
ザ・キングオブドラゴンズ The King of Dragons (1994) The King of Dragons (1994) Super Famicom Cleared
らんま1/2 Ranma ½ (1990) N/A PC Engine Cleared
スーパーボンバーマン Sūpā Bonbāman (1993) Super Bomberman (1993) Super Famicom Cleared
バンパイアキラー Vampire Killer (1994) Castlevania: Bloodlines (1994) Mega Drive Cleared
ローリングサンダー Rolling Thunder (1989) Rolling Thunder (1989) Famicom Failed
有野の生挑戦 in 幕張メッセ Arino's Challenge in Makuhari Messe N/A N/A Ninja Gaiden (1989): Cleared
Bomberman: Failed (lost in VS. match)
Super Mario Bros. 2: Cleared (8-2)
Märchen Maze (1991): Cleared
Punch-Out!!: Failed (Did not defeat Soda Popinski again)
スーパーマリオRPG Super Mario RPG (1996) Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996) Super Famicom Cleared
がんばれゴエモン2奇天烈将軍マッギネス Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shogun Magginesu (1993) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
23rd season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
PAC-LAND Pac-Land (1989) Pac-Land (1990) PC Engine Cleared
新・熱血硬派 くにおたちの挽歌 Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka (1994) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
デモンズブレイゾン 魔界村 紋章編 Demon's Blazon: Makaimura Monshō hen (1994) Demon's Crest (1994) Super Famicom Cleared (Bad Ending)
イメージファイト Image Fight (1990) Image Fight (1990) Famicom Cleared
風のクロノア door to phantomile Kaze no Klonoa door to phantomile (1997) Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (1998) PlayStation Failed
す~ぱ~忍者くん Super Ninja-kun (1994) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
2 Hour Special
ゲームセンターCX in Russia / ICE CLIMBER ICE CLIMBER (1985) Ice Climber (1985) Famicom Cleared
アテナ Athena (1987) Athena (1987) Famicom Failed
MOTHER 2 MOTHER 2 (1994) EarthBound (1995) Super Famicom Cleared
アイラブミッキー&ドナルド ふしぎなマジックボックス I Love Mickey & Donald: Fushigi na Magic Box (1992) World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (1992) Mega Drive Mini Cleared
超人狼戦記 WARWOLF Chō Jinrō Senki Wōurufu (1991) Werewolf: The Last Warrior (1990) Famicom Cleared
ワルキューレの伝説 Valkyrie no Densetsu (1990) N/A PC Engine Cleared
スペースチャンネル5 Space Channel 5 (1999) Space Channel 5 (2000) Dreamcast Failed
迷宮寺院ダババ Meikyū Jiin Dababa (1987) N/A Famicom Disk System Cleared
ラフワールド Rafu Wārudo (1990) Journey to Silius (1990) Famicom Cleared
夢幻戦士ヴァリス Mugen Senshi Varisu (1991) Valis: The Fantasm Soldier (1991) Mega Drive Cleared
ファンタズム Phantasm (1992) Avenging Spirit (1992) Game Boy Cleared (Good Ending)
クォース Quarth (1990) Block Hole (1990) Famicom Failed
ジョイメカファイト Joy Mech Fight (1993) N/A Famicom Cleared
24th season

(The season mascot changes from King to Frozen King and then to Penguin King.)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻 Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (1993) Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (2021) PC Engine CD Cleared (Richter Ending)
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD (1998) The House of the Dead (1998) Saturn Cleared
ドラゴンファイター Dragon Fighter (1990) Dragon Fighter (1992) Famicom Cleared
大工の源さん Daiku no Gen-san (1991) Hammerin' Harry (1992) Famicom Cleared
ちゃっくんぽっぷ Chack'n Pop (1985) Chack'n Pop (1985) Famicom Cleared
キング・オブ・ザ・モンスターズ2 KING OF THE MONSTERS 2 (1993) King of the Monsters 2 (1993) Super Famicom Cleared
マッピーキッズ Mappy Kids (1989) Mappy Kids (1989) Famicom Cleared (Normal Ending)
ポケモンスナップ Pokémon Snap (1999) Pokémon Snap (1999) Nintendo 64 Cleared (Good Ending, All 63 Pokémon)
XI[sái] XI (1998) Devil Dice (1998) PlayStation Cleared (Game has no Ending)
サイコドリーム Psycho Dream (1992) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
エスパードリーム Esper Dream (1987) N/A Famicom Disk System Cleared
ニュージーランドストーリー The NewZealand Story (1990) N/A PC Engine Cleared
クイズの星 Quiz no Hoshi (1992) N/A PC Engine CD Cleared
美少女戦士セーラームーン Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (1993) Sailor Moon (1994) Super Famicom Cleared
ならず者戦闘部隊ブラッディウルフ Narazumono Sentou Butai BLOODY WOLF (1989) Bloody Wolf (1990) PC Engine Cleared
マッスルボマー THE BODY EXPLOSION Muscle Bomber: THE BODY EXPLOSION (1993) Saturday Night Slam Masters (1993) Super Famicom Failed (Got Good Ending, but lost against Staff)
ダイナマイトデューク Dynamite Duke (1990) Dynamite Duke (1990) Mega Drive Cleared
忍者じゃじゃ丸 ~銀河大作戦~ Ninja Jajamaru: Ginga Daisakusen (1991) N/A Famicom Cleared
ザ・ファイヤーメン The Firemen (1994) The Firemen (1995) Super Famicom Cleared
25th season

(The season mascot changes from Penguin King back to the King)

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ゼルダの伝説 Zelda no Densetsu (1986) The Legend of Zelda (1987) Famicom Disk System Cleared
ドラゴンズレア Dragon's Lair (1991) Dragon's Lair (1990) Famicom Failed
風雲少林拳 Fuuun Shaolin Ken (1987) N/A Famicom Disk System Cleared (Arino did Loop 1, AD did Loop 2)
ゲイングランド Gain Ground (1991) Gain Ground (1991) Mega Drive Cleared
エアー・フォートレス Air Fortress (1987) Air Fortress (1989) Famicom Failed
スーパーワギャンランド Super Wagyan Land (1991) N/A Super Famicom Cleared
ファザナドゥ Faxanadu (1987) Faxanadu (1989) Famicom Cleared
SIMPLE2000シリーズ Vol.31 THE 地球防衛軍 Simple 2000 Series Vol.31 THE Chikyū Bōeigun (2003) Monster Attack (2003) PlayStation 2 Cleared
東京バス案内 今日から君も運転手 Tokyo Bus Annai: Kyou Kara Kimi mo Untenshu (2003) N/A PlayStation 2 Failed
月風魔伝 Getsu Fūma Den (1987) N/A Famicom Cleared
ラスタンサーガII Rastan Saga II (1990) Rastan Saga II (1991) Mega Drive Cleared
スーパーモンキーボール Super Monkey Ball (2001) Super Monkey Ball (2001) GameCube Cleared (Beginner & Advanced Stages)
アクスレイ Axelay (1992) Axelay (1992) Super Famicom Cleared
スノーブラザーズ Snow Bros. (1990) Snow Bros. (1991) Famicom Cleared
スペースハリアー Space Harrier (1988) Space Harrier (1987) Sega Mark III &
Sega Saturn
独眼竜政宗 Dokuganryu Masamune (1988) N/A Famicom Cleared (Normal Ending)
おわらいよゐこのげえむ道 〜オヤジ探して3丁目〜 Owarai Yowiko no Game Michi: Oyaji Sagashite 3 Chōme (1999) N/A Game Boy Color Cleared (Ending Version 2 = Bad Ending)
バットマン Batman (1989) Batman: The Video Game (1990) Famicom Cleared
イコ ICO (2001) ICO (2001) PlayStation 2 Cleared
26th season
Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ロックマン5 ブルースの罠!? Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!? (1992) Mega Man 5 (1992) Famicom Cleared
レッド・アラート Red Alert (1989) Last Alert (1990) PC Engine Cleared
アルマナの奇跡 Arumana no Kiseki (1987) N/A Famicom Disk System Failed
クルードバスター Crude Buster (1990) Two Crude Dudes (1990) Mega Drive Cleared
クロックタワーゴーストヘッド Clock Tower: Ghost Head (1998) Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within (1999) PlayStation Cleared
エイリアンストーム Alien Storm (1991) Alien Storm (1990) Mega Drive Cleared
スチームギア★マッシュ SteamGear Mash (1995) N/A Sega Saturn Cleared
ティーンエージ ミュータント ニンジャ タートルズ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1990) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (1990) Famicom Cleared

DVD-Exclusive Challenges[edit]

Each DVD-Box set released includes a game challenge exclusive to the DVD set. Most of these challenges were Famicom games.

DVD # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
戦え! 超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー コンボイの謎 The Transformers: Mystery of Convoy (1987) N/A Famicom Failed
いっき Ikki (1986) N/A Famicom Failed (Game had no verifiable ending, Arino managed to get the 8 hidden letters)
ツインビー TwinBee (1986) N/A Famicom Failed
ボンバーマン Bomberman (1986) Bomberman (1989) Famicom Cleared
ドルアーガの塔 The Tower of Druaga (1985) The Tower of Druaga Famicom Cleared
Arino's Challenge 2 Special DVD
ゲームセンターCX 有野の挑戦状 GameCenter CX: Arino no Chōsenjō (2008) Retro Game Challenge (2009) Nintendo DS Cleared, Except for the Haggleman 2 Challenge
イー・アル・カンフー Yie Ar Kung Fu (1985) Yie Ar Kung-Fu (1986) Famicom Cleared
がんばれゴエモン〜ゆき姫救出絵巻〜 Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki (1991) The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (1992) Super Famicom Cleared (Revenge Challenge)
バイナリィランド Binary Land (1986) N/A Famicom Cleared
シティコネクション City Connection (1985) City Connection (1988) Famicom Cleared
源平討魔伝 Genpei Tōma Den (1990) N/A PC Engine Cleared (Revenge Challenge)
GameCenter CX in U.S.A.
ダイナマイト刑事 Dynamite Deka (1997) Die Hard Arcade (1997) Sega Saturn Cleared
スペランカー Spelunker (1986) N/A Famicom Cleared
プーヤン Pooyan (1985) N/A Famicom Cleared
3chōme no Arino Special DVD
ゲームセンターCX 有野の挑戦状2 GameCenter CX: Arino no Chōsenjō 2 (2009) N/A Nintendo DS Cleared
GameCenter CX the Movie
ボンジャック Bomb Jack (1984) Bomb Jack (1984) Arcade Failed
悪魔城ドラキュラ Akumajō Dracula (1986) Castlevania (1987) Famicom Cleared
バイオハザード ディレクターズカット Biohazard: Director's Cut (1997) Resident Evil: Director's Cut (1997) PlayStation Cleared
Mega Drive Special
ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ2 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1993) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1993) Mega Drive Cleared (Normal ending)
がんばれゴエモン2 Ganbare Goemon 2 (1989) N/A Famicom Cleared
Pc Engine Special
高橋名人の新冒険島 Takahashi Meijin no Shin Bōken Jima (1992) New Adventure Island (1992) PC Engine Cleared
熱血高校ドッジボール部 Nekketsu Kōkō Dodge Ball Bu (1990) Super Dodge Ball PC Engine Cleared
バイオハザード2 Biohazard 2 (1998) Resident Evil 2 (1998) PlayStation Cleared
ときめきメモリアル2 Tokimeki Memorial 2 (1999) N/A PlayStation Cleared
逆転裁判 Gyakuten Saiban (2001) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Game Boy Advance Cleared
桃太郎電鉄V Momotaro Densetsu V (1999) N/A PlayStation TBA

Nintendo eShop-exclusive specials Challenges[edit]

Ep # Japanese Spelling Romanized Western Title System Cleared or Failed
ロックマン9 野望の復活!! Rockman 9: Yabou no Fukkatsu!! (2008) Mega Man 9 (2008) Wii N/A
Yokai Dochuki (1988)
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun (1985)
The Super Shinobi (1993)
Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman (1989)
Alex Kidd no Miracle World (1987)
Golden Axe (1990)
Super Gussun Oyoyo (1995)
The Revenge of Shinobi(1993)
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (1987)
Golden Axe (1990)
Wii(Virtual Console) N/A
スターフォース Star Force (1985) Star Force (1987) Wii(Virtual Console) Cleared
ダウンタウンスペシャル くにおくんの時代劇だよ全員集合! Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zen'in Shūgō! (1991) N/A Wii(Virtual Console) Failed
スプラッターハウス Splatterhouse (1988) Splatterhouse (1989) Wii(Virtual Console) Cleared
VOLFIED Volfied (1989) Volfied Wii(Virtual Console) Cleared
スーパーマリオカート Super Mario Kart (1992) Super Mario Kart (1992) Wii(Virtual Console) Failed
スーパーマリオブラザーズ3 Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) Wii(Virtual Console) Cleared
スーパーメトロイド Super Metroid (1994) Super Metroid (1994) Wii(Virtual Console) Cleared
ファイアーエムブレム 紋章の謎 Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo (1994) Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Wii(Virtual Console) Cleared
3Dクラシックス エキサイトバイク 3D Classics: Excitebike (2011) 3D Classics: Excitebike (2011) Nintendo 3DS Cleared
3Dクラシックス ゼビウス 3D Classics: Xevious (2011) 3D Classics: Xevious (2011) Nintendo 3DS Failed
スターフォックス64 Star Fox 64 (1997) Star Fox 64 (1997) Wii(Virtual Console) Cleared
Hoshi no Kirby (1992)
Metafight EX (2000)
QIX (1990)
Zelda no Densetsu 1 (1991)
Oira Jajamaru! Sekai Daibōken (1990)
PITMAN (1990)
Donkey Kong (1994)
Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Blaster Master: Enemy Below (2000)
Qix (1990)
The Legend of Zelda (1987)
Maru's Mission(1991)
Catrap (1990)
Donkey Kong (1994)
Nintendo 3DS(Virtual Console) N/A
バルーンファイト Balloon Fight (1985) Balloon Fight (1986) Wii(Virtual Console) Failed
星のカービィ スーパーデラックス Hoshi no Kirby: Super Deluxe (1996) Kirby Super Star (1996) Wii(Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition) Cleared
バルーンファイト Balloon Fight (1985) Balloon Fight (1986) Wii U(Virtual Console) Cleared
ファイアーエムブレム 紋章の謎 Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo (1994) Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Wii U(Virtual Console) Cleared
MOTHER2 ギーグの逆襲 MOTHER 2 (1994) EarthBound (1995) Wii U(Virtual Console) Cleared
ロックマン2 Dr.ワイリーの謎 Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo (1988) Mega Man 2 (1989) Wii U(Virtual Console) Cleared
ファミコンリミックス Famicom Remix (2013) NES Remix (2013) Wii U N/A
ファミコンリミックス1+2 Famicom Remix 1+2 (2014) NES Remix Pack (2014) Wii U Cleared
スーパーマリオメーカー Super Mario Maker (2015) Super Mario Maker (2015) Wii U Cleared
スーパーマリオブラザーズ Super Mario Bros. (1985) Super Mario Bros. (1985) Wii(Virtual Console) Cleared with help
ポケットモンスター 赤・緑 Pocket Monsters: Aka/Midori (1996) Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version (1998) Nintendo 3DS(Virtual Console) Cleared

Video releases[edit]

On June 23, 2011, gaming website Kotaku started streaming English translated episodes of the series.[3] On January 13, 2012, Kotaku announced that their agreement to broadcast the show had ended; there will be no second season, and existing episodes will be removed when the rights expire.[4] However, on February 28, 2012, Discotek Media announced via their Facebook page that they had acquired the rights to the 12 episodes shown on Kotaku and will release them on DVD. They are hoping for a summer release and the sales of the DVD set will determine whether more episodes will be released in the future. On April 24, Discotek Media announced on their Facebook page that the episode count will be fourteen. On May 17, Discotek Media set September 18, 2012, as the release date.

So far there have been eighteen DVD sets put out with the latest released in December 2019. Each one contains key episodes, game center visits and a game challenge exclusive to the DVD set. They are not season compilations.

DVD-Box # Release date Games Featured Game Center Visits Featured DVD Exclusive Challenge
Vol. 1 23 December 2005 Star ForceSuper Mario Bros. 2Atlantis no NazoGhosts 'n GoblinsPrince of PersiaSuper Mario Bros. 3 Hankyu Daily Shoppers The Transformers: Mystery of Convoy
Vol. 2 23 June 2006 Super Mario WorldAdventure IslandTakeshi no ChōsenjōSolomon's KeyMega Man 2 Nigiwai Plaza/Nonbiri Onsen Ikki
Vol. 3 22 December 2006 Ninja Gaiden (Director's Cut)/Milon's Secret CastleFinal FightGhouls 'n Ghosts (Director's Cut)/Quiz Tonosama no YabouContra The Hot Spring Game Travelogue TwinBee
Vol. 4 21 December 2007 Yokai DochukiStreet Fighter IIMighty Bomb JackSeptentrionUmihara Kawase Hana Yashiki/Tanigawa Stationery Shop/Ayase Batting Center/Ishida/The Far North Game Travelogue Bomberman
Vol. 5 21 December 2008 Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Director's Cut)/The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido/The Quest of KiRockmanSuper Fantasy Zone Shibamata Haikara Yokochou/Unirose/Denkiya Hall/Azuma Garden Leisure Center/Autobahn The Tower of Druaga
Vol. 6 18 December 2009 Wagyan LandThe Legend of the Mystical NinjaClock TowerYo! NoidThe Wing of Madoola (Director's Cut)/ChelnovYuuyu no Quiz de GO! GO! (Director's Cut)/Fatal Fury Special Daily Mart Imaya/Takasagoya/Fun Yee Super in South Korea/Kisarazu Central/Omocha no Fukushima/Nokogiriyama Ropeway Yie Ar Kung Fu
Vol. 7 24 December 2010 Super Mario 64 / Door Door / Doki Doki Panic / Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse / Donkey Kong Country / Mega Man 3 / Battle Golfer Yui (Dir. Cut) Daiba Icchome Shotengai / Kineya Suzuki / Inagaki Pastry Shop / Dazaifu Amusement Park / Starlanes Plaza / Tokyo Tower / 10-Yen Game Shop / Warehouse Kawasaki Binary Land
Vol. 8 22 December 2011 Mendel Palace / Densha de Go! / Paris-Dakar Rally Special / The Genji and Heike Clans / Kamaitachi no Yoru (Director's Cut) / Mega Man 4 (Full Version) Komaya Toy Store / Honpo Smiling / Ikebukuro Batting Cages / Adachi Super Fishing / Juichiya Candy Forest City Connection
Vol. 9 21 December 2012 Dragon Buster / F-Zero (Full Version) / Battletoads (Full Version) / Tant-R (Director's Cut) / Dig Dug II / Ninja Spirit / Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll Okawa Shoten-Hen / Starlight Takayama Hen / Nakaya Yōgashiten-Hen Spelunker
Vol. 10 20 December 2013 Super Mario Kart / Sonic The Hedgehog / Gradius (Director's Cut) / Tokimeki Memorial -Forever with You- / Kirby Bowl / Bonk's Adventure / Tantei Jinguuji Saburou: Shinjuku Chuuou Kouen Satsujin Jiken / Super Gussun Oyoyo Game in Mekuman / Shakujii Station Center / Rokobouru / Tōbudōbutsukōen / Ogasawara bungu-ten / Yamamoto shōten / Natsukashi yokochō / Games Cosmos / Kodomo no mise miharashi ya kashi-ten / Hiyoko Pooyan
Vol. 11 9 December 2014 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Super Chinese / Gargoyle's Quest II / Metro-Cross / Space Hunter / Famicom Trainer Jogging Race G-Front / Tokyo Germany Village / Iseki / Natsuge Museum / Harada Ya Castlevania
Vol. 12 18 December 2015 Super Mario Land / Parappa the Rapper / Family Jockey / Sky Kid / Mega Man X / R-Type (Director's Cut) Try Amusement Tower / Game in Asobiba 20 / Honjo kaeru honpo / Net Cafe Charade / Toshimaen / Cosmo Resident Evil: Director's Cut
Mega Drive Special 2 September 2016 Comix Zone /Strider /Dynamite Headdy (Full version) /Pulseman /Mansion of Hidden Souls /Gunstar Heroes N/A Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Vol. 13 16 December 2016 Commando (video game) /Hokkaido Rensa Satsujin: Ohotsuku ni Kiyu /D (Director's Cut) /Crazy Climber /Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Full version) Ueno Matsuzakaya /Houzouyama Ropeway /Yao Department Store /Auto Parlor Ageo /Kanda U.S. store /Shin-Koiwa Sunny Bowl Ganbare Goemon 2
PC Engine Special 2 August 2017 Cho Aniki (Full version) /Adventure Quiz Capcom World: Hatena Hatena no Daibouken /Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman /China Warrior /Märchen Maze (Full version) /Kattobi! Takuhai-kun N/A New Adventure Island
Vol. 14 22 December 2017 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest /Kirby's Adventure /Trojan /Ninja-kun: Ashura no Shō (Full version) /Double Dragon (Full version) /Kid Icarus Tokyu Plaza Kamata "Kamaiten", Shizukuishi mukashigatari-kan, Omocha no boshūya, Okada-ya, Kosuda Shōten Super Dodge Ball: PC Extra Edition
Vol. 15 21 December 2018 Ape Escape/Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun/Clock Tower 2/Densha de Go! 64/Super Contra/Virtua Fighter 2 Asakusa Batting Stadium, Kasuka Yumoto Onsen, Chichibu Muse Park, Miyakawa, Vivid Square, Kissa Julian, Neverland, Gamefuji Ichikawa-ten Resident Evil 2
Vol. 16 20 December 2019 Pilotwings / Super Puyo Puyo (Director's Cut) / Quiz Tonosama no Yabō 2: Zenkoku-ban / Megaman X2 (Full Version) / Metroid / Yamamura Misa Suspense: Kyōto Ryuu no Tera Satsujin N/A Tokimeki Memorial 2
Vol. 17 18 December 2020 Captain Tsubasa (Director's Cut) / Battle Formula / Ice Climber / Splatterhouse 2 / Meikyujima Tamage in Russia Director's Cut Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Vol. 18 17 December 2021 Earthbound (Director's Cut) / Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun McGuiness / The House of the Dead / Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards / The Legend of Kage / Super R-TYPE / Tower of Babel Gifu-ya, Chūko taiya ichiba Sagamihara-ten, Tetsu kentarō, Taikeien, Shin-Omiya Batting Center, Game Paradise Zero One Momotaro Densetsu V


Each episode of GameCenter CX is made up of a number of different segments. The only segment which appears in every episode is Arino's Challenge. The other segments vary by episode and season. However, the episodes that appear on Kotaku omit these segments, instead of focusing only on the challenge of the week.[5]

Segment Featured in; Description
Arino's Challenge All seasons

Arino is challenged with beating or performing a certain task in a classic video game, typically reaching the end of the game. He is seated in a small office within the Fuji Television building at a table covered in various snack foods and drinks. In front of him is a small TV and the challenge game with an accompanying console.

In order to aid his progress, he is allowed to call upon the various staff members who work on the show for assistance. He is often presented with various materials which will help his progress such as strategy guides and maps. The challenge usually runs for one day although exceptions can be made at the discretion of the producer and if Arino has the will to go on. If Arino fails at a challenge then the task is handed over to the Assistant Directors who must work to complete the challenge.

Arino's Challenge was originally a short companion to the extensive interview segments found in the first season of the show before becoming the focus of the show in the second season. This format has remained unchanged ever since.

I'd Like to Meet This Man 1st and 2nd season

In this segment Arino visited and talked to various people from the Japanese gaming industry ranging from creators of blockbuster games to obscure cult classics. In the first season he spent the bulk of a given episode mainly talking to various people within a company. When the primary focus shifted to Arino's Challenge starting with the second season, he spoke to individuals. The final segment was a compilation of previous segments featuring some new footage.

Game Collections/Game Collections GB/Game Collections SFC 2nd through 9th, and 11th season

Interstitials showed during episodes that show a brief description of a Famicom game along with some gameplay footage. Each game collections segment usually features games that were released during a certain time period as specified at the beginning to the segment or fall within a certain theme of the episode. Starting with Season 16, the segment shifted its focus to Game Boy games in each year they were released. From Season 21 to the present day, the segment now focuses on Super Famicom games.

You Should Visit this Game Center Sometimes (TamaGe) All seasons starting 2nd season

Each segment begins with Arino reading a suggestion from a viewer regarding a game center, shop, or other such amusement areas that contains one or more arcade cabinets or unique games. Arino visits these locations throughout Japan and plays a variety of different games often with the goal of winning prizes to be given to winning viewers.

Ring-Ring Tactics! 3rd season

Beginning and ending with season three, Arino was tasked with completing the poorly received Famicom game Super Monkey Daibouken. As the title suggests, Arino was allowed to call viewers who sent in postcards for advice or encouragement. He eventually cleared the game in the finale of season three.

Urawaza Jet Stream 4th season

A short segment begins with Arino stepping into a sound booth in a recording studio and reading fond recollections from the viewers of their favorite games. The segment ends with a request for a well-known secret or cheats from the game subsequently followed by footage of the trick or cheat being performed.

The Aces of Hardware Won't Appear 5th season

Arino tries out various "hidden gems" among classic gaming consoles, that were overshadowed in popularity by their competitors. Some systems that appeared in this segment were the 3DO, the Master System and the Tomy Tutor. The title is a play on words of an old Japanese pop song entitled "Heart no Ace ga Detekonai" (The Ace of Hearts Won't Appear).

The Romance Never Ends 6th season

A very tongue-in-cheek segment in which Arino plays various Famicom games in the search for salacious scenes featuring women. Once he has found such a scene he takes a picture of it using his phone. The title of this segment is taken from the pop song of the same name, Romantic Ga Tomaranai (Romanticが止まらない), performed by C-C-B.

Game & Watch, I Can't Leave You Alone 7th season

The focus of this segment was on Game & Watch devices. Each segment would focus on a different series of the Game & Watch franchise with Arino playing some of the games in that particular series. Once he was done playing the games he was shown the absurdly high resale prices of each game, to his own shock. The pop song played at the beginning of the segment is ほっとけないよ by 楠瀬誠志郎.

The Game Center CX Game-itization Project 7th and 8th season

These segments which ran over two seasons followed the development process of the first Game Center CX game, Retro Game Challenge. It featured Arino talking with the development team, and pitching his own ideas of what should be included in the release.

The Return of Ring-Ring Tactics! 8th season

The return of the original Ring-Ring Tactics segment this time with a new game, Championship Lode Runner. With the help of the viewers, he cleared the game by the end of the season.

The Xevious Observation Diary 8th season

These short, silent film inspired segments involved Arino entering the invincibility code into Xevious for the Famicom before fastening a clip onto the controller's fire button and leaving the game to run throughout the season, in order to see what would happen if the game's infinitely looping design stayed running for long periods of time. Halfway through the season a box was placed over the system and TV to conceal the potential result until the end of the season. At the end of the season, the box was removed, revealing that the game was turned off at some point. There are indications that a planned power outage on July 6 was the cause.

The Famicom Manga Café 9th season

This segment takes place in a small café where Arino is seen sitting at a table reading a newspaper. He is then brought an 80s manga series focused on the Famicom and a cup of tea. Here he typically reads a chapter of the first volume and the skips to the last chapter of the last volume to see how the series ends. He reads out loud and adds color commentary as well as his own thoughts about the series.

Singing About Whatever the Hell You Want 10th season

In this segment, Arino is provided with a viewer-selected music clip from a game and a lyric sheet to sing along with it.

The Game Center CX Game-itization Project 2 10th season

This segment follows the development of the sequel to Retro Game Challenge.

Everything Important in Life I Learned From Video Game Strategy Guides 11th season

A Buddhist priest reads a particularly inspiring/profound passage from a video game strategy guide to the assembled staff. He then elaborates on the passage comparing it to real life. The staff chants the advice, with Arino providing some humorous final thoughts.

A Waste of Color 12th season

Arino tries out a handful of black & white Game Boy games, supplied by Kibe. He then typically chooses one that he'd like to see remade in color, and provides an illustration of how he thinks the remake might look.

Shocking Videos MAX 13th season

Former AD Inoue invites Arino into his apartment to watch a series of videos of gruesome accidents in video games. Innocuous mistakes like crashing your bike in Excitebike are over-dramatized with slow-mo, intense music, and countdowns to the carnage.

To Catch a Catch Copy 14th season

Arino and two former GCCX staffers, Toujima and Nakayama, convene in a traditional home with a table of games blanketed in front of them. The show's female announcer, Ms. Takeda, reads a game's catch copy (ad tagline), and the three men pick what game they think it is, and why, with the goal being simply to see who gets the most right.

Retro Read-Aloud 15th season

Arino and news announcer Ms. Nishiyama do dramatic readings of key scenes from various games, such as the melodramatic Fire Emblem.

Project CX: Peripherals 15th season

Arino and crew try out various Famicom accessories, ranging from standard pads and joysticks to the more infamous Robot and Power Glove. The title and opening sequence are a reference to the documentary series "Project X: Chōsenshatachi."

Famicom Living National Treasures 16th season

Arino, now 90 years old, is presented with fake Famicom games and reminisces on their contents as though they were games he played in his youth.

Barcode Gambler 16th season

Arino and crew use a barcode battling device to scan the barcodes of two games, and Arino places a bet on which game will come out on top.

Family Computer Sniper 17th season

Parodying Golgo 13, Arino tries to identify games featured from past episodes using a pair of binoculars attached to a SNES Super Scope in a sniper-like scenario.

The Game Center CX Game-itization Project 3 17th season

This segment returns once again to cover the development of the third GameCenter CX game.

When I looked back, He was there 17th season

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Sega SG-1000, Arino and Kibe looked back at games that were released for the console.

Famicom Box 18th season

Arino's at a hot spring resort playing with the Famicom Box, which has 30+ games to challenge.

GameCenter MSX 18th season

Arino and Kibe looked back at the games that were released for the MSX computer system.

DJ Monster 19th season

In a similar style to the Barcode Gambler segment, Arino and crew use the PlayStation game Monster Farm and two J-Pop CDs to create two different monsters to battle, and Arino places a bet on which CD/monster will come out on top.

Chief Arino's Bonus Assessment 19th season

Arino must beat all the Bonus Stages on several video games in order to finally get a raise in his salary.

Faminioaire 20th season

Arino plays a video game-themed version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, in order to earn special prizes.

2P play without Hitoshi Mario Brothers Gekitou hen 21st season

Arino plays Mario Brothers on the Famicom Mini against former ADs.

Learn game courses 21st season

Arino tries his hand at the piano. Thus far he has displayed music from Super Mario World, The Mystery of Atlantis, The Tower of Druaga, The Legend of Satan Castle, and Dragon Quest 2.

Board store coffee shop 22nd season

Arino plays obscure arcade games.

Eyes On! Famicom Appraisers! 22nd season

Arino attempts to spot differences between Famicom cartridges of the same game.

Good-Bye Game Boy 23rd season

Arino and Kibe showcase various accessories and peripherals that were released for the Game Boy.

Until the Udon Boils 23rd season

Arino plays gaming-themed goods while waiting for Kibe to finish cooking udon.

Gaming House of Fortunes 24th season

Arino gets his fortune told via various fortune-telling-themed games for the PlayStation.

Thursday Opening-Only Theatre 24th season

Arino visits a theatre that only shows Opening movies from various video games.

The Moon Is Beautiful, I Love You! 25th season

Arino and Kibe, with the help of a translator, learn various differences between English and Japanese versions of the same game, such as enemy names and even game titles. Arino later gets quizzed on words that has been said during the segment.


Video games[edit]

At the end of the sixth season, it was announced that there were plans to make a GameCenter CX video game. The game, entitled GameCenter CX: Arino's Challenge, is for the Nintendo DS and was produced in a collaborative effort by Fuji TV and Bandai Namco Games. During the seventh season, certain parts of the show featured the development process of the game. The game was released in Japan on November 15, 2007,[6] and in North America by Xseed Games on February 10, 2009, under the title Retro Game Challenge. A second game, GameCenter CX: Arino's Challenge 2 was released in Japan on February 26, 2009. Xseed Games has stated that US release of the game is unlikely, due to its predecessor's not catching enough attention from the North American gaming community. A third game, GameCenter CX: 3-Choume no Arino, was released in Japan on March 20, 2014, and is the first installment in the series to come to the Nintendo 3DS.[7]

Arino appears as a Mystery Mushroom figure in Super Mario Maker, which is unlocked by clearing one of his Event Courses added to the game on November 4, 2015.

Theatrical Film[edit]

GameCenter CX: The Movie - 1986 Mighty Bomb Jack was released on February 22, 2014, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the show.

Spin-Offs & Advertising[edit]

GameCenter DX starring another challenger (Masaru Hamaguchi, the other half of star Arino Kacho's comedy duo "Yoiko"), and featuring many staff of the original, began in 2015 to showcase contemporary Nintendo titles, such as the latest entries in the Mario Bros. and Starfox series.

Nintendo eShop-exclusive specials[edit]

On occasion, special GameCenter CX programs were produced for the Nintendo Channel for the Wii.

Later, when the Nintendo eShop succeeded the Nintendo Channel, additional specials were produced, such as a special where Arino and late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata interviewed each other and played Balloon Fight, which Iwata had programmed during the early years of his career.


  1. ^ Game Center CX debuts in New York City
  2. ^ Subtitled Retro Game Master DVDs seek distributor
  3. ^ McWhertor, Michael (16 June 2011). "Kotaku Presents Retro Game Master, Japan's Cult Hit Video Game Show, Airing Exclusively Right Here". Kotaku.
  4. ^ Fahey, Mike (13 January 2012). "This Could Be Your Last Chance to See Retro Game Master". Kotaku.
  5. ^ Crunk Games Game Center CX Episode Guide
  6. ^ "ゲームセンターCX 有野の挑戦状". Archived from the original on 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  7. ^ "3DS Game Center CX/Retro Game Challenge Game's 1st Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. January 11, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2020.

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