ZapCon revisits arcade glory days this weekend

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Image courtesy of ZapCon.
Image courtesy of ZapCon.

Get your quarters out, people, because for the third year running, ZapCon is back in Arizona. This time it’s packing even more pinball and game cabinets to fuel attendees with nostalgia for the booming arcade days of yesteryear. The convention will be taking place at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa on April 18-19.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday and welcomes all ages. For a flat admission price, attendees will be able to play to their hearts content, as all available arcade cabinets and pinball machines will be set to free play. Classics like Centipede, Donkey Kong Jr., Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, Zaxxon will be among the gaming selection, as well as pinball machines themed after the Addams Family, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and more.

Festivities won’t be limited to just free play, as the convention will hold several tournaments for arcade games and pinball alike throughout the weekend. Competitions for kids and adults in pinball, alongside Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Tetris, are on the official ZapCon schedule. For those whom may need a break from the main action, a NES Lounge will also be set up for attendees to hang out in on site.

Tickets are currently on sale on the ZapCon website. Weekend passes cost $40 for adults and $25 for kids, while single-day passes are $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

Homepage photo via ZapCon

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Christen Bejar

Christen Bejar is a freelance gaming writer who started the local blog The Pause Button while studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. For Nerdvana, Bejar reviews video games and also previews, recaps and photographs many local events from a gamer's perspective.