September 25, 2018

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

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September 16, 2013

NWCGE VideoGame Swapmeet! Sponsored by PRGE

PRGE wants to take a look back to the old NWCGE days! Back when it was all about getting buyers and sellers together to help build buyers collections and help sellers find good homes for their extras while preserving the cultural and historical aspects of Videogames.  PRGE is doing this as a fundraiser to help support it's main PRGE show! We may even have a few Arcades and a freeplay console area..
The show will be on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Doors open at 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 The event is child-friendly so please feel free to bring the entire family!

Date: January 18th, 2014
Venue: DoubleTree Hotel, Portland
Show Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM
Admission: $5

Vendor Prices:
Table: $40
Booth (3 tables & 2 passes): $100
Double Booth (6 tables & 4 passes): $200
Vendor set-up time is Friday January 17th, 2014 @ 7 PM – midnight and Saturday, January 18th, 2014 @ 6 AM – 10 AM

Vendors attending the show:

  • 2.5d sprites
  • Another Castle
  • Charlie Donken Art
  • Colby Statchwick
  • Creepy Cult
  • Corey/John Hancock
  • Danny Kim
  • GAOO
  • Legendary Games
  • Nathan Mayo
  • RecycledGamer
  • Rockheart clothing
  • Retro Game Trader
  • Steve
  • Super Smash games
  • the Nintendo Doctor
  • the Wooden Arcade
  • VGW
  • Y-bot
  • Zach & Brittany Knowlton

Contact Rick at “

February 14, 2011

Nintendo World Champions at the Cowlitz Classic Video Game Show

1990 Nintendo World Champions Thor Aackerlund (1st Place) and Robin Mihara (3rd Place) will speak at the 2nd Annual Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Classic Video Game Show on April 9th, 2011 in a special panel discussion. They will share their experiences competing in the 1990 Nintendo World Championships and answer attendee questions. Additionally, they'll compete in an exhibition match on the original NWC competition cartridge used by Nintendo for the 1990 NWC.

Our friends from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo put up a fantastic show in Cowlitz last year. The 2011 show promises to be even bigger and now with the added star power of Thor and Robin it will be a blast!


Robin will discuss the upcoming release of the tentatively titled film "Ecstacy of Order: The Tetris Masters" that follows several top gamers as they compete in the 2010 Tetris World Championships. Some footage for Ecstacy of Order was shot at last year’s Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Classic Video Game Show!

On the heels of last year's successful event, our own John H. is organizing the 2nd Annual Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Classic Video Game Show on April 9th in Kelso, WA. Last year we helped John raise over $1,300 for the Childrens Justice and Advocacy Center (CJAC) and we're convinced we can do better this year with your help! PRGE is absorbing much of the cost of putting on this show so that 100% of the admission will go directly to CJAC.

The show will be on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Kelso Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, Washington. Kelso is about 1 hour north of Portland or 2 hours south of Seattle on I-5. Doors open at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to CJAC, although we invite you to contribute more if you can! The event is child-friendly so please feel free to bring the entire family!

    Kelso Red Lion
    510 Kelso Dr.
    Kelso, WA 98626
    See map

More information and all the details can be found right here!

September 18, 2010

2010 Portland Retro Gaming Expo In Full Swing

PRGE kicked off this morning at 9:00 with a big crowd of pre-sold ticket holders rushing the main exhibition hall. Within minutes the main hall was full and soon after that the console play tables filled up as well. What a great start for this year’s show.

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I saw some amazing deals for classic hardware and software, some at less than a quarter than the usual Ebay prices and that without shipping costs of course. Tonight there will be a classic gaming auction and items I have seen so far include a HALO Master Chief statue, a LaserActive console, SEGA Genesis, Nintendo and Atari rarities and some 8-Bit home computer stuff.

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Tomorrow the show continues, head over to the official PRGE website and check out the details!

September 17, 2010

2010 Portland Retro Gaming Expo This Weekend 9/18 - 9/19!

It’s that time of year again! “Wockawockawocka” sounds from TV speakers, the smell of old capacitors fills the air and joysticks have just one fire button = it’s time for the 2010 Portland Retro Gaming Expo!

Since this event started 5 years ago it has gotten bigger and more popular every year and 2010 promises to be the biggest and best ever. There are tons of vendors (see photos below) setting up, the museum and console play area is huge and there are XX arcade machines on free play and growing. In addition we have keynotes with noted speakers such as Bill Carlton (“High Score” movie), Robin Mihara (3rd place winner of the 1990 Nintendo World Championships) and Bob Smith (20 year veteran Atari, Imagic and Accolade game programmer). This promises to be an awesome show!

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Here are some pictures from the vendor setups, notice tons and tons of classic games!

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They even set up a little retro corner with wood cabinet TV, scary looking couch, wood paneling and the mandatory black velvet painting – relive the past in style! (or lack thereof)

So come to Portland this Saturday and Sunday and geek out at the PRGE 2010!

July 19, 2010

10 Reasons to Visit CGE 2K10 in Las Vegas

Well, after a longer hiatus it’s that time of year again! Follow the wokka wokka sounds, the smell of old overheated capacitors and the shiny reflections of near-mint Spectravision labels on Atari 2600 cartridges! And if that alone isn’t enough to lure you to Vegas then here are 10 more reasons to go:

10. Vegas Baby! Vegas!

9. I can tell the wife/gf “I’m going to sell all that junk!” – just to come back with more :)

8. The CGE Museum will make your awesome world-class collection look pa-the-tic!

7. Geeked-out chip music Nerdvana!

6. A cold Corona for 50 Dollars? No, it’s not a strip club, it’s the CGE Auction!!!

5. Kunkels and Daglows and Cranes – oh my!

4. An Elvis impersonator playing Atari 2600? Hey, it might happen!

3. Somewhere in hundreds of banana boxes full of Pac-Mans and Combats hides a prototype!

2. It just might be your chance to touch Billy Mitchell’s hair!

1. Mystery boxes! ‘Nuff said!


March 08, 2010

Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2010

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Don't miss the Portland Retro Gaming Expo on September 18-19, 2010 in Portland Oregon. This year it will be bigger than ever! Located near downtown Portland at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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April 26, 2008

Jet City Retro In Seattle Today (04/26/2008)

Saturday and Sunday is the Jet City Retro classic videogame show in Seattle's University District in the Deca Hotel. We showed up there early this morning and although things were still a bit slow there were some awesome deals! I bought quite a few games and played a few rounds of Vectrex, Frogger and watch some folks jam on Rockband in the free game rooms.

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Show banner with a nice Nintendo graphic, show floor on the right

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Before the opening of the show, tons of goodies are waiting to be unpacked! On the right: Nate (the organizer) being interviewed by KIRO 710 News Radio.

The Rockband room has a full setup with drums, mic and 2 guitars and if you ever wanted to try this game with a "full band" this is your chance! The second free game room has some arcade machines, a MAME cabinet, some classic consoles (Vectrex etc.) and lots of cartridges on loan!

For more information check out!

April 05, 2007

Sakura Con 2007 - This Weekend!

NWCGE will join SAKURA CON this weekend. We'll have classic Nintendo games and a few others in the video gaming rooms. Miss Mario and his friends? Come visit SAKURA CON, check out all the great Anime, Manga and Cosplay and then drop in for your retro gaming fix!

March 25, 2006

Greetings From SAKURA CON

Here are some first impressions from the SAKURA CON. Great costumes (many of them videogame related) and lots of cool events!


NWCGE has a Classic Videogame Showroom at this weekend's SAKURA CON! We have Nintendo, Super-NES, SEGA, a LaserActive, Vectrex, Atari 2600 and plenty of games! So visit SAKURA CON, check out all the great Anime, Manga and Cosplay and then drop in for your retro gaming fix!

December 27, 2005

NWCGE To Sponsor Sakuracon 2006!

This is a test entry that also serves up some tasty news!

This year's Anime and gaming convention, Sakura-Con will have one of it's gaming rooms hosted by NWCGE! Members of NWCGE will be on hand throughout the 72-hour non-stop event providing anime and game fans of all ages with the chance to play some of the greatest games from the past 25 years!

The console gaming room will feature a comfortable retro feel, and allow con-goers the opportunity to sit back, relax, and indulge in little Combat, Frogger, Galaga, Robotron and more! NWCGE staff will also be hosting contests and competitions for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. Sakura-Con will be from March 24-26, a month after NWCGE's own Classic Gaming Expo held at the Holiday in this February 25th and 26th.

Seattle Atari Championship

Northwest Classic Gaming Enthusiasts is pleased to announce their annual show, NWCGE 2K6, will be held Saturday, February 25th and Sunday February 26th, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. Come see the beginnings of the video game industry and how it has evolved from the early days of Pong and Atari to today's present system offerings from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Play, compete for prizes, and meet gaming fanatics just like YOU. In addition, you'll be able to buy, sell, and trade videogames of all different systems. Mark your calendar!

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