Midwest Gaming Classic 2015

I've done something like 10 recaps of the Midwest Gaming Classic and it's time to mix-up the format a little. This year I'm posting more pictures than before, way more, but cutting back on the commentary. I'm also not sorting the pictures into categories like vendors, exhibits, arcade, and so on; instead these are just in the order that I took them.

A few boxed Nintendo 64 games

A few boxed Nintendo 64 games


This was the first year I recall seeing N-Gage games for sale anywhere

Atari Video Pinball

Atari Video Pinball

Famicom games

Here's a table of Super Famicom games that were going for some absurdly low price

Random assortment of items

A rather random assortment of items

CD-i games

Bag of CD-i games for $25

Bin of cheap Game Boy games

Bin of cheap Game Boy games

Video game movie trading cards

Video game movie trading cards


IBM PC with monitor for sale

DuckTales 2

The US version of DuckTales 2 is insanely expensive now


I don't really care about any of the games, I just want this tower

Custom handbags

One vendor was selling custom handbags

80s and 90s mugs

Some 80s and 90s mugs and glasses

Aladdin Deck Enhancer

Aladdin Deck Enhancer

Japanese version of DuckTales 2

Although far from cheap, the Japanese version of DuckTales 2 goes for half of the US one

Sega Master System

Let's ditch the vendors and start checking out some exhibits, first stop is this Sega Master System


A Duo-R playing Gate of Thunder

3-in-1 component converter box

A prototype of a (hopefully) upcoming 3-in-1 component converter box

Close-up look at the 3-in-1 component converter box

A close-up look at the 3-in-1 component converter box


It's hard to imagine the GameBoy Advance SP wasn't inspired by this

Random toys

Back to the vendors for moment, here are some random toys and stuff

Pac Man magnetic maze

That Pac Man magnetic maze is going to be pretty high on my wishlist


Yup, I would totally bring this lunchbox to the office

Mega Man 6

Fun fact: I bought my copy of Mega Man 6 for $5


Check it out, a Pippin running Marathon 2, I better give that a try...

Pippin crash

...and here's one of the reasons why the Pippin wasn't a commercial success


You know what never crashes due to running out of memory - Pong


One of the many reasons to attend the Midwest Gaming Classic is to play systems that are hard to find in working order


Sorry this picture is so terrible, the museum room is always dark which makes for a great atmosphere but bad photos

Arcadia 2001

The Arcadia 2001, another fun system to try out at the show


TRS-80 running Lunar Lander

Saturday panels

List of the Saturday panels


I don't I know if I mentioned in any previous reviews that the panels are right next to the bar

Japanese Donkey Kong cabinet

Let's head over to the arcade for a little bit, here's a Japanese Donkey Kong cabinet

Donkey Kong Jr

And right next to it was the sequel

Simpsons Bowling

Here's a fun arcade game I never tried before - Simpsons Bowling

Old arcade racer

Old arcade racer I haven't seen before

Death screen

The death screen is pretty funny

Primal Rage 2

Although I was not a fan of the original Primal Rage, one highlight of the show was playing the unreleased sequel

Nintendo room

Nintendo was back this year with a room filled with demos and free swag

Nintendo swag

Here's the free stuff from Nintendo

Pac Man room

Down the hall from the Nintendo room was the Pac Man room, here are a couple games that were briefly unattended

Channel F

This was not in the Pac Man room, it was just the first thing I spotted when I headed back to the museum


Here's another obscure system, the Videopac

Dungeons of Doom

Dungeons of Doom on an old PC

Amiga 500

The Amiga 500 is maybe my favorite retro computer when it comes to gaming


Another playable rare console, the LaserActive

LaserActive up close

A closer look at the LaserActive

Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden for the Sega Master System

Tandy 128k Color Computer

Tandy 128k Color Computer

Close-up of the Tandy 128k Color Computer

Close-up of the Tandy 128k Color Computer

CoreGrafx 2

Back to the vendor area for a little bit, I am so tempted to buy one of these, maybe I should take a field trip to Japan

Mario figures

Some cheaply made Mario figures from the 80s

Star Wars figures

It's not all gaming items, there are always some Star Wars figures and sets there too

Star Wars merchandise

Some more Star Wars merchandise

Time Traveler

Back to the arcade for a bit, here's one of the weirdest games ever developed

Spring Break pinball

This is the most 80s looking pinball art I've seen


Sorry this picture turned out really terrible

The Real Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters - which seems to have started as something completely different and had the main sprites swapped with the Ghostbusters crew

Discs of Tron

I prefer the larger Discs of Tron cabinet, but the smaller one is pretty awesome too


A pair of Commodores

Mad Wizard

Down on the lower level there was a homebrew NES game called Mad Wizard

Final Fantasy VII bootleg

Hopping back to the vendor area, here's someone selling a translation of the Final Fantasy VII bootleg on the NES

Atari drives

Your choice of Atari floppy or cassette drive

Atari book

This book probably only covers 1/10 of what you need to know

Final Fantasy chronicles

Square was selling this for ~$5 on their online store just a couple years agao

Animal Crossing

I talked to the person selling this stack of Animal Crossing for Wii and he said they were from a Target overstock warehouse, I gotta take a field trip to that

NES games

I've found that random pictures of NES games are the most popular item on these recaps

Another Pac Man lunchbox

I have that Pac Man lunchbox but haven't taken it to the office yet

Crazy Climber

$950 for a Crazy Climber cabinet, I guess it's rarer than I thought


This was the worst game I played all weekend, it's some crossover of Pit Fighter and NARC

The triceratops is clearly winning this battle

The triceratops is clearly winning this battle

Pac Man birthday cards

In the Pac Man room they were collecting birthday cards for Pac Man who turns 35 this year

Star Worlds

Star Worlds arcade banner

A few items from Star Worlds

A few items from Star Worlds

Cheap Xbox games

This year the vendor area had many bins of dirt cheap Xbox games

Cheap PSP games

Cheap PSP games were also plentiful this year

Various carrying cases

A table selling various carrying cases

Sonic Spinball

I wonder if this was made before or after Sonic Spinball

Heart of the Alien

Heart of the Alien is an oddly expensive Sega CD game, even beat-up copies sell for a decent amount

Link's Awakening

I played this at the Classic Gaming Expo, had this been released in 1989-1992 it would be considered one of the greatest NES games of all time


That's still less than the original retail price

Junk box

Obligatory photo of a junk box

Bin of cheap Game Boy and Game Gear games

Bin of cheap Game Boy and Game Gear games

Force Awakens figures

Check back on 20 years for cheap The Force Awakens figures

Quest for the Rings

Quite possibly the greatest game box ever

SMS stick

Ah, Sega and their left-handed controllers


I need to convince my wife to let me get a tabletop game someday, Joust would be a good pick

Forgot the name

I'm such a bad retro gamer, I played this in the museum and totally forgot the name

More cheap PSP games

On my way out I made one more pass through the vendor area, here are some more dirt cheap PSP games


A Xenophobe arcade board

Ultra racer

After unloading all these pictures I realized I should have bought this, there are so many good racing games on the N64

What I bought

Here's what I bought, not a large haul this year