The tri-state’s first retro video game convention Power Up, as far as anyone seems to know. It will be on August 2nd from noon till 5pm at the Riverside Suite at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington. So yeah, only five hours. There will not be any guests or panels but there will be game set-ups for you to sit down and play plus tournaments and several vendors. There will be pinball machines and arcade cabinets all set on free play as well.
The tournaments at the convention will be Street Fighter 2 and Mario Kart Double Dash. It will be Street Fighter 2 Turbo for the Super Nintendo . Double Dash will be on multiplayer. They will be single elimination brackets and prizes for the winners. You can sign up a head of time to enter them.
There will be various retro video game dealers and repairers, nerdy buttons, pins, glasses, artists, snacks, comics, podcasters, and more. The Standard Nerds will be holding a raffle to raise money for charity.
While there is no costume contest, feel free to wear your own as several people are already gearing up to bring their’s.
Admission is $5 and $2 to enter a tournament. Kids 12 and under get in free. They also have door prizes from Video Game Box Protectors and an XBox 360 Slim with one game. They will also be selling a limited number of t-shirts.
Will be small and short, but if you like classic gaming this is something to do on a Saturday. Hopefully with enough support it will be even bigger next time. Hey if you have some games you want to play you can probably bring them and any systems to set up as well. Just do not quote me on that.