Video Gaming

Friday 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rooms C120-122, C123-124, C125-126

Calling all Japanese gaming enthusiasts and retro gamers! Don’t miss the new, improved, and bigger than ever video gaming area at Rose City Comic Con. Immerse yourself in a haven of classic arcade games and console favorites, offering an epic blast from the past. Explore a selection of Japanese candy cabinets, music/rhythm games, and more. Show off your skills and compete for the gold in high-score contests running throughout the entire weekend. Join us for an adventure down memory lane, and through a Japanese arcade, as you enjoy free play, scheduled events, and much more for video gamers of all skill levels.


Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Retro Gaming Expo, Inc. is a Portland, Oregon-based 501(c)4 non-profit cooperative organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for classic video and arcade games through the presentation of events and conventions that celebrate the historic contribution video games have made and continue to make in popular culture. They will be bringing a few arcade games including Ms. Pac-Man and Street Fighter along with a huge selection of consoles like Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo 64, and more.

Ground Kontrol

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade features over 120 arcade & pinball machines along with a full bar & food menu. Located in Portland, OR, they will be bringing an incredible selection of arcade classics like Centipede, Pac-Man, Frogger, TMNT, Avengers, and much more.

Game Saru

Game Saru was established in 2017 with one goal: to bring the high-quality arcades of Japan to America for people to play, experience, and own. Our passion for the history of these games and the love we have for them is what inspired us in the beginning, and it continues to drive us today. They will be bringing favorites like Taiko no Tatsujin, Dance Dance Revolution, and Sega Net City (Soul Calibur II)!

Japanese Arcade Games

Get ready because Game Saru is bringing authentic Japanese arcade gaming to Rose City Comic Con! Have fun and free play all weekend long with games like:

  • Sega Net City (Soul Calibur II)
  • Sega Net City (Marvel vs. Capcom 2)
  • Sega Net City (Capcom vs. SNK 2)
  • Sega Astro City (Street Fighter III Third Strike)
  • Sega Astro City (SNK NEO-GEO)
  • Sega Astro City (Puzzle Fighter)
  • Initial D The Arcade x2 [driving]
  • Taiko no Tatsujin [music/rhythm]
  • Densha de Go! [train simulator]
  • Gunbullet X [party/shooting]
  • The Bishi Bashi [party/variety]
  • Dance Rush Stardom [music/rhythm]
  • Dance Dance Revolution [music/rhythm]
  • WACCA [music/rhythm]

Classic Arcade Cabinets

Nothing like the thrill of playing a classic arcade cabinet! Portland Retro Gaming Expo and Ground Kontrol are bringing the nostalgia to you with this huge selection of arcade cabinets for your free play pleasure!

  • Centipede
  • Pac-Man
  • Frogger
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4-player)
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Kung-Fu Master
  • Avengers (4-player)
  • Gauntlet Dark Legacy
  • Sports Station (NFL Blitz + NBA Showtime)
  • Rampage
  • Marble Madness
  • Trigger Zone (Strikers 1945, 1943, Dragon Blaze)
  • Rally-X
  • Area 51
  • CarnEvil
  • Nintendo PlayChoice 10
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Tetris Plus
  • Galaxian
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Tennis Tourney
  • Street Fighter

Classic Console Games

Nintendo, Sega, and Atari fans! Take a seat in front of your favorite classic console games with a buddy, then don’t miss these great console classics. Portland Retro Gaming Expo is also bringing the below console games available for free play all weekend long.

  • Atari 2600
  • NES
  • Super NES
  • Sega Genesis
  • Nintendo 64
  • Sega Saturn
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • Playstation
  • Xbox
  • Gamecube

Console and Arcade High Score Challenges

Think you’ve got what it takes to claim the high score? If you’re a competitive gamer, than these challenges are for you! Portland Retro Gaming Expo will be running High Score Challenges all weekend long, with great prizes to claim!

Console High Score Challenges

The cutoff for scores each day will be 15 minutes before the show ends. You do not need to be present to win. *if the same person wins 1st place each day, their in store credit for each SideQuest Games and Video Game Wizards will be doubled.


High score challenge on NES Sqoon

  • High score after 1 game over
  • No cheat codes or continues.


High score challenge on SNES Donkey Kong Country

  • High score after preset 8 minute run


High score challenge on N64 Mario Kart

  • Fastest time on Koopa Troopa Beach map.

Arcade High Score Challenges

There will be daily and weekend long challenges available so Single Day Badge holders and 3-Day Badge holders can show off those skills and claim victory! Details on the Arcade Challenges is coming soon.