This past weekend was the first-ever Emerald Coast Con. It’s technically an all gen gaming convention but it mostly focuses on retro gaming. There was a vendor room, a free play arcade room, a retro console room, a panel room and then a giant tournament room with all kinds of fighting games and shooters were being played.
I happened to win a free weekend pass on Facebook months ago, but was only able to attend the show on Saturday. That worked out fine for me because The Game Chasers and The Gaming Historian were both doing their panels on Saturday. I don’t like crowds, so after getting there around 10:30am and hanging out and seeing the Game Chasers panel and buying a few games, I was pretty exhausted and ready to go home.
Most game vendors there were selling NES, SNES and Genesis games. I’m not up on all the prices, so I probably got ripped off a bit, but it was all in the spirit of supporting the gaming community and the event itself was being put on for charity.
I didn’t take many pictures. This was a decent but small event but I hope it was profitable and there is as second year. This area can definitely use more events like this. With the success of the all-geek PensaCon, I’m happy to see my town of Fort Walton Beach get it’s own geek con.
Here’s what I bought:
Undoubtedly, this is the big prize for me. While I don’t have my NES anymore (left it and all my games behind by accident after breaking up with a girlfriend), I was more than happy to buy a COMPLETE IN BOX edition of TMNT II: The Arcade Game on the NES. One of my favorite games of all time and it includes two extra stages that aren’t in the arcade game.
Another big score for me was picking up Baseball Stars. Another of my favorites. Just need the box now! The only thing I didn’t like was that the vendor I bought this from was pretty shady. He had a box of manuals that were separate from the games. I found the game and was looking on the off-chance the manual was in there. When I brought my items to buy, he says “Oh, you found the manual”. Of course the manual cost me extra.
I don’t think I’ve ever played this game. I know it’s pretty terrible. I only wanted it because it’s Rambo and I love Rambo / Sylvester Stallone. It was only $5.
If you ever had a NES, you probably had twenty copies of this mini poster. They came with virtually ever game. Funny how now it feels like something I need to own after having so many as a kid back when I felt they were worthless.
Anyway, that’s all I bought. I’m hoping for bigger names and more vendors next year. I’d like to see some action figure vendors brought in!