Did any of you play Retro Game Challenge?

The incredibly fun, loving homage to the good old days of not only 8-bit gaming, but all the experiences that went with it? The DS title that was so good, yet so obscure, that we’ll likely never get a chance to see the homage to 16-bit gaming because people didn’t buy enough copies?

Yeah, about that. I’d like to have a word with you regarding that….

But! Did you know that the “Master” in the game, Shinya Arino, is a real person, and a Japanese gaming celebrity?

You need to watch this.

At an hour long, Retro Game Master showcases Arino attempting to play through the NES classic Ninja Gaiden for his very first time. While I’m not a Reality TV fan by any means, what started as just a few minute preview led to me watching the whole hour going insane as I felt for the guy’s trials and tribulations, his frustration, his despair, and then an honest cheer as he soldiers through to the end.

The thing is, I’ve been there. Ninja Gaiden has continued to beat me, but I’ve played through enough classic games to be where he is a hundred times over. My friends and I would stay up all night until the morning sun arose to plow through so many NES, SNES, Genesis, and Playstation titles to clear that one horrible level, or to beat that one monster of a boss.

I think I’m going to have to start watching this show online if this first episode is an indication.

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