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XSEED: Retro Game Challenge 2 Isn't Coming To The US

Posted by Damien McFerran

Publisher replies to personal request regarding the status of the game

Nintendo Life forum member slapshot82 recently wrote a letter to US publisher XSEED Games asking if the company would relent on its non-committal stance regarding the North American localization of Retro Game Challenge 2.

Sadly, the reply was less than positive:

Thanks for the kind words, but afraid it's not by choice on us not bringing over Retro Game Challenge 2 at this point when we're certain to lose money on it.

No company can continue to exist if they take on projects they know they're going to lose money on, so as much as all of us here love the series and would like nothing more than to work on the sequel, afraid it's not going to happen anytime soon.

It would seem that XSEED lost quite a bit of money on the original Retro Game Challenge, which is a shame because it's an excellent game.

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CorbsAdmin

#1

Corbs said:

I think we knew this was a serious longshot after the sales of the first release. Shame too, as it's a great game.

Pegasus

#2

Pegasus said:

That's too bad. The sequel had even more variety of fake retro goodness. It might be the first game worth importing for me, although without knowledge of kanji figuring out all goals and secret codes could be a little tough.

TwilightV

#3

TwilightV said:

I need to buy the game, but first I need to buy a DS(i). Not having that kind of money sucks... XP

Chunky_Droid

#4

Chunky_Droid said:

Personally I didn't know what retro game challenge was until a couple of months ago.

Possibly the reason for the sales is that it's called Retro Game Challenge, and when people look on the back find no retro games they were fond of, then simply dismiss it.

That's what I originally did anyway, I'll however endeavour to find a copy of the first game now I've seen some videos of it.

TwilightV

#5

TwilightV said:

I bet people would kill to get a copy if GC:CX were on the air in NA. Arino is awesome. :)

the_shpydar

#8

the_shpydar said:

What a shame. Understandable and expected though, given the original sales. I may also have to make this my first import game; i wonder if there's a fan-translated guide/walkthrough online anywhere, or maybe someone with such knowledge might get working on one? I absolutely loved and still play the first game pretty regularly (and i still need to finish Guadia Quest, lol!)

And for anyone who hasn't yet,. definitely check out Game Center CX (search on YouTube). Arino rules, and it's very cool to see not just the games being played (SMB2 and Ghosts n Goblins are particularly fun episodes), but things like his tour of various Hot Springs or the Northern tip of Japan looking for random game centers.

Nintendophile

#10

Nintendophile said:

Retro Game Challenge is seriously one of my favorite games I own for the DS right now. It's been my go-to game for quite some time. To anyone that hasn't already purchased this game, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!

Stuffgamer1

#15

Stuffgamer1 said:

At least you can still import it and understand it, LEGEND MARIOID. In fact, please do so right now! We MIGHT still be able to convince them to change their minds if everybody buys the first game RIGHT NOW! It's worth a try, anyway...

greyelephant

#16

greyelephant said:

Too bad, RGC is a great game. I would have loved to seen the sequel. Maybe we'll see it via VC sometime.......;)

Slapshot

#17

Slapshot said:

Yes, Please buy this game so we can get the sequel. Obviously nobody want to loose money, Its a shame that when a pure gem of a game comes along and a company takes a risk so many times the gamers are so slow to respond by purchasing the game instead of waiting on a price drop or bargain bin pick up. In this case it is probaly the cause that we may never see the sequel to this gem translated in English. Thanks guys for this page, really wasn't expecting this. I got a lot of respect for small time developers like XSEED and Atlus etc for taking risk and that is why I sent them the letter as well as letting them know that there are fans that really want the game as well.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#18

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

The prices on e bay for Retro Gmaes Challenge are still a little high actually, so I am waiting for them to go down.

Jockolantern

#19

Jockolantern said:

This. News. Bites.

But at last XSeed is bringing Fragile to US shores, and I am incredibly grateful about that. Here's hoping they change they mind regarding Retro Game Challenge 2. The first one is fantastic and deserves to sell much better than it has.

Slapshot

#20

Slapshot said:

@Legend Marioid....Do yourself and all of us here a favor and spend the extra 5 or 10 bucks and buy it new for $30 to support the developer so we may possibly see the sequel released. Buying on ebay is the reason the developers are hurting so bad.

BlueFlameBat

#21

BlueFlameBat said:

How could you not buy enough of the first game to make it profitable? You people make me sick! ;)

WolfRamHeart

#22

WolfRamHeart said:

I did my part; I bought the first Retro Games Challenge on launch day. Sadly not many else did. I was really hoping more people would buy it because its a really great game. Now we are probably never going to get the chance to experience a potentially awesome sequel. This is really sad. I don't blame XSEED either; I understand that their hands are tied and can only do so much. Its unfortunate because XSEED is a really great company that does so much for their fans. Its up to you folks out there! If you find a copy of Retro Games Challenge, please do yourself a favor and buy it! You'll be really glad you did!

Stuffgamer1

#24

Stuffgamer1 said:

I believe I bought Retro Game Challenge at release as well, on reserve from Gamestop. When the news that the sequel would require a leap in sales for the first game to be localized hit, I did my best to spread the word and made my brother get a copy (which he very much enjoyed). I guess it just wasn't enough. :(

Slapshot

#28

Slapshot said:

LOL isn't that a shame cause you gots my copy of Sonic Chronicles and Densetsu No Stafi 2 Lil Bro. .....oh And Rhythm Heaven lol.

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