This is not to be missed: The Seattle Retro Gaming Expo—Seattle's first-ever large-scale retro-gaming get-together—is happening Saturday and Sunday at Hotel Deca in the U District, with some events up the street at Pink Gorilla. What does that mean? For $10 (or $15 for both days), you can play every NES game ever made. Every. Single. One. Even an ultra-rare Nintendo World Championships 1990, the cartridge played in a big 1990 tourney that was basically the finale of Fred Savage's The Wizard. (This cart is effectively an Action Comics #1 for console collectors, and there's going to be a charity auction with a bunch of rare stuff Saturday night.)
Not enough? In addition to big freeplay areas (with 10-player Bomberman for the Saturn), they've got nonstop "Battle for Seattle" tourneys, including an "Octobitathalon" to win a new 3DS. There'll be nerdcore rap. Chiptune performances. A nerd comedy night with Battletech pods. The comedic possibilities of heat sinks alone are staggering. (In fairness, the nerd comedy night is in Kirkland. But it's at the Airlock Battle Arena, the place that got all the Battletech pods from the old Wizards of the Coast retail space on the Ave.)
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