Video Gaming Hall

Video Games

Video Gaming at Otakon is huge! If you thought our Video Gaming Hall in previous years was good, well you’re in for a treat since we have expanded it even more!  We're filling an entire hall of the convention center with video games from all eras, classics you remember, current games you love, plenty of games straight from Japan, and games by Indie Developers! Show off your skills and compete against your fellow con goers in casual play or enter one of our tournaments.

Hours of Operation

Location: Hall D

Operational Hours:

Day Open Close  
Friday 10 AM 1 AM  
Saturday 10 AM 1 AM  
Sunday 10 AM 3 PM  

Back by popular demand, Tokyo Attack is making a return to the game room this year, meaning that we will also have a large assortment of Japanese arcade games on freeplay! Some of the variety of games that will be available for freeplay includes:

  • pop’n music
  • jubeat
  • BeatStream
  • DanceDanceRevolution
  • Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AAX
  • Taiko no Tatsujin
  • Dance Dance Revolution Extreme
  • In the Groove
  • Pump it Up PRIME 2
  • DanceEvolution ARCADE
  • Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! (Super Table-Flip!)
  • Street Fighter V
  • Tekken 7: Fated Retribution
  • Silent Scope Bone Eater
  • Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senjō no Kizuna (Gundam Battle Pods)

* List updated 7/23/2017

In addition, be on the lookout for other machines such as a Pokemon Snap Station and Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Terminal!  We will also have various Pachinko and Pachislo machines sponsored by Clover Collectables for free-play! 


Indie Isles

For the first time this year, we will have a dedicated Indie Isles area for independant gaming developers to showcase their latest work!  Come by the area, try their games and give them your support!  There will be a variety of unique single and multiplayer games for you to try!  We will be having an “Fan’s Choice Award” to the best Indie Booth so make sure you vote for your favorite developer!  A list of Indie Developers already confirmed at the show include the following:


… And more!


Touhou Road Show

We would like to also welcome the Touhou Road show to showcase the Touhou Project!   The Touhou Project are a set of games, music, and print works made by a Japanese man who loves his beer and prefers the pseudonym "ZUN".  He's been in the business of producing games, comics, and CD's since his college days, and even though he's a married man with a young child now he's not showing signs of stopping the production of the works that make up his expansive universe.

His understanding attitude about use of his intellectual property has led to a huge amount of spin-off and fan works that range from over 4000 music albums inspired by the music from his games to reams of comics based on his characters and fan games that bring a new twist to classic games like Age of Empires, Mario Kart, and Metroid. They have brought some PC's to Otakon and proudly present the games in an open play environment. Newbies are welcome and veterans are fully encouraged to show off their skills. Come check out why this series of games is much beloved the world over! 

They also plan to run a tournament for their game Touhou Hisoutensoku so make sure you come by their area! 


Handheld Area

Did you bring your Nintendo 3DS, Switch, Vita, or any other handheld console? Well come play and meet other fellow players in our Handheld Area!  Here is where you can either relax and play your one-player game, or go play with your fellow attendees on some multiplayer battles and races!  Looking for more StreetPasses on your 3DS?!? Come here!  We’ll have a bunch of tables and chairs for you to sit, along with some surge protectors set up for you to charge up your handheld console!


General Rules

Be Polite and please remember:

  • No Fighting
  • No Abusive Behavior
  • Be sure to eat/drink during the convention, but...
  • Do not eat/drink near any of the TVs and Consoles
  • Be hygienic (shower and deodorant)
  • Do not touch the consoles
  • Do not exit out of a game or go into the main menu screen
  • Do not steal
  • Try not to break or mistreat any of the gaming equipment
  • Do not leave your personal belongings unattended
  • Staff are not responsible for your personal belongings

If there is a line waiting to play, please limit your play time to the following:

Single Player Game:    

  • 1 Life Set OR 3 Songs OR 30 minutes (whichever is shortest)

Multiplayer Games:


  • Winner stays
  • All other players MUST give up their controller to the next player in line.
  • If there are not enough new players to fill up the empty seats, then the Second (and possibly Third) placed player(s) may remain seated

Rock Band/Dance Central

  • A playgroup may only play ONE (1) song. After the song is finished they MUST offer their spot to the next person in line.
  • If no one wants to play your particular instrument, you may contain playing.

Any Other Music Game

  • A playgroup may play one game, comprised of TWO (2) to THREE (3) songs depending on the game. After the game is finished they MUST offer their spot to the next person in line.

By entering the Otakon Video Game Room you acknowledge the above rules and agree to adhere to them. Breaking any may result in you being asked to leave the Video Game Room or having your badge revoked.


Please talk to a Video Game Room Staffer if:

  • A piece of equipment is not working properly so that it can be fixed/replaced with a working one as soon as possible.
  • You would like to switch out a game and there is an open set-up. Please be aware that we will not allow personal games to be played and that we can not comply with all requests.
  • You notice someone is breaking any of the above rules so that corrective action can be taken.

Video Game Tournaments

These are the MAJOR prize winning tournaments for the year of 2017, other small tournaments will be posted inside of the game room upon decision between staff members. We will not be accepting any systems to help run tournaments unless the decision is approved by the head of the Gaming Hall. 

Many of these tournaments will take place at our dedicated tournament area that will include seats for spectators.

Tournaments sign up begin ONE HOUR before the announced start time; once the brackets and/or pools are done, the tournament will begin. If you have to go to the bathroom and/or have important matters to attend to, please let a staff member who is running the tournament know. If you leave the area and miss your turn, you are disqualified. If it is the first round, we will happily give your spot to someone who wants to play.

We welcome everyone to bring their own controller/arcade stick to minimize wait times for controllers.

There will be a binder of general rules and tournament specific rules. This binder will be available to view once the game room opens.

Midnight Channel Tournaments rules will be posted at convention prior to 11PM Friday and Saturday.


  • 3:00pm - Blazblue: Central Fiction (PS4)
  • 5:00pm – Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
  • 8:00pm – Tekken 7 (PS4)
  • 11:00pm –Midnight Channel


  • 12:00pm – Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)
  • 5:00pm – Street Fighter V (PS4)
  • 8:00pm – Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
  • 11:00pm – Midnight Channel

New Tournaments may be announced at the convention if time permits and games are available.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following companies for providing prize support for our Video Game Tournaments:

Idea Factory
Loot Anime
Those Awesome Guys

Tournament Specific Rules

  • 32 Player Cap
  • Versus Mode, 2/3 Games, 99 Seconds
    • Grand Finals will be 3/5 Games.
  • No Handicap
  • Winner KEEPS character.
  • Loser may switch character.
  • 32 Players
  • LAN Mode, 2/3 Rounds, 2/3 Games, STADIUM ONLY.
  • Loser of last match may change fighter Pokemon.
  • Both players may change assist and cheer set types between matches.
  • 64 Player Cap
  • Versus Mode, 2/3 Games, 3/5 Rounds, 60 Seconds
  • Winner KEEPS character.
  • Loser may switch character.
  • Random Stage Select.
  • Stage Selection will be held at random unless players agree to a selected stage.

Due to limited number of supplies, please bring your own controller. Please note: You are responsible for securing your own controller for this tournament.

  • 128 Player Cap (This decision is FINAL and will not be changed)
  • Settings: 4 Stock, 8 Minute Time Limit, Items Off, 2/3 Games.
    • Grand Finals will be 3/5 Games
  • Stages: Yoshi’s Story, Fountain of Dreams, Final Destination, Battlefield, Dream Land, Pokemon Stadium.
  • Wobbling is legal. Freezing and infinite stalling are illegal.
  • You may not choose a stage you have already won on unless it is mutually agreed to.
  • You may not play on a stage that is not on the available stages list.  This will result in a disqualification.
  • 64 Player Cap
  • Versus Mode, 2/3 Games, 2/3 Rounds, 99 Seconds.
    • Grand Finals will be 3/5 Games.
  • Stage Selection will be held at random unless players agree to a selected stage.
  • Winner KEEPS character.
  • Loser may switch character.
  • Any other characters being released before August 8th will be allowed.
  • Kanzuki Beach and Skies of Honor stages are banned.

Due to the limited number of supplies, it is suggested you bring your own controller, as there might not be enough Joy-Cons and/or Pro Controllers available.

  • 64 Player Cap
  • 4 players per match (3 if not even, depends on number of entrants)
  • The first group playing in the round will choose 3 random 150cc tracks.  These randomly chosen tracks will be the tracks EVERYONE plays that round.
  • All items allowed
  • No COM players
  • All characters and any unlocked karts/bikes/accessories are allowed except Miis.

On the character select screen, make sure your settings for "Smart Steering", "Tilt Controls", and Auto Acceleration" are On/Off based on your personal preference.  Make sure you double check these options since matches will not restart because you have not set your ideal settings.

Any tie-breakers will be decided by one race sudden death match between the participants following the same rules outlined above.

In the interest of time, the number of tracks per match in a specific round may change.