Portland Retro Gaming Expo delivers the industry’s rarest, weirdest stuff

Expensive rarities, a unicycling bagpiper dressed as Mario, and everything in between.

In part, I’m a sucker for rare games, in original, mint-condition boxes, being collected and sold in a giant pavilion, which PRGE offered on its biggest show floor yet. And I always enjoy a massive free-play floor that lets me save quarters on classic pinball and video arcade machines, which PRGE also delivered with its biggest selection since the show began in 2006.

But this year also included the show’s biggest museum collection yet, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Atari 2600 by creating a wall of every game that came out for the system. This room was bolstered further by some seriously rare games—as in, those whose known numbers only count in the tens—and a cool selection of nerdy panels with some of the Atari era’s formative developers.

Between that serious nerd-history gold, inspired art, and silly outfits, the show was a smashing success. I hope you enjoy these galleries nearly as much as I enjoyed devouring the expo’s many games, vendors, and exhibits.

Listing image by Sam Machkovech