This week's Retro Game Master challenge's full title is actually Kanshaku tamanage Kantarō no Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi. (That's Firework Thrower Kantaro's 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō in English.) But we're just calling it 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō!

For such a fancy name—one that's referencing a famous set of ukiyo-e wood prints, no less—it's actually quite an adorable, approachable Famicom game, with side scrolling enemies the Kacho must defeat by throwing firework grenades among the pixelated Japanese landscape.


The show goes live only on Kotaku at 8 p.m. eastern this Thursday, followed by more weekly episodes "airing" on Kotaku at the same time and day through September. And unlike with television, these episodes will stick around on our site so you can watch them at your own leisure.

Game Center CX produced 15 seasons of gaming content in Japan, with Shinya Arino playing through dozens of Famicom, Super Famicom, PC Engine and Mega Drive games. These first U.S. airings of the episodes includes English captions for Arino and English dubbing for his off-camera announcer.

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