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Bandai Namco explains why Retro Game Challenge 1 + 2 Replay will not be localized

If you’d like to purchase Retro Game Challenge 1 + 2 Replay for the Switch, you can do so right now… but only via the Japanese eShop. If you were hoping that the title would eventually be localized, Bandai Namco has unfortunately put the final nail in that coffin.

In Japan, the Retro Game Challenge game series is known as Game Center CX, with the same name as the TV show on which it is based. The first game in the series, which debuted on the Nintendo DS, was localized as Retro Game Challenge, but the two titles that followed never made their way outside Japan. That makes it less surprising that Retro Game Challenge 1 + 2 Replay for Switch won’t be localized, but it’s disappointing nonetheless.

A Famitsu feature featuring members of the Retro Game Challenge 1 + 2 Replay development team stated that there simply isn’t much of an audience for the game outside of Japan. Again, this is likely because the TV show is not officially broadcast in the United States. Additionally, the developers also pointed out challenging localization elements, such as graphics that would need to be changed, and design aspects that don’t translate exactly 1:1 to other regions.