RETRO GAME CON SYRACUSE, NY – BY CONOR O’BRIEN

The sixth Retro Game Con was held November 3-4 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. Despite grey skies and cold rain, hundreds of attendees showed up at the venue. Some attendees came in costume and many were gamer parents with energetic kids in tow.

A gigantic exhibition hall housed all the vendors, a stage, one of the two concession stands, space for tabletop games as well as a corner devoted to arcade cabinets and pinball machines.

The event accommodated people with a competitive spirit by hosting tournaments of Goldeneye 007, Mortal Kombat II, Super Smash Bros, and other, more modern games. Two gentlemen from Quarter Munchers (@ quartermunchers) hosted a contest using the Donkey Kong Country Competition Cart. I got fourth place, which is good enough for me. There was also a lonely setup for Nintendo Campus Challenge 1992 waiting for people to sign up. I wish they had chosen a different game for this competition.

Guest appearances and presentations were held in the panel rooms beneath the main hall. Among the guest speakers was Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario. Retro Game Con was excited to have him. Their marketing materials and website were all themed around the Super Mario series. The event program was a fun homage to the cover of Nintendo Power #1, with RGC’s mascot in place of Mario.

 

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