Gaming is a major industry in Japan, and it’s safe to say that many anime fans know their way around a controller. Such a sizeable community deserves an equally massive venue in which to carry on and compete with fellow gamers, and Naka-Kon is the best place to virtually smash, stomp, and shred with friends both current and soon-to-be. Our gaming space will be bigger than ever for 2016, with consoles, arcade machines, tabletop games, card games, tournaments, and more, spanning all 7 Courtyard Rooms at the Overland Park Convention Center. For all the information you need, see below, and be sure to register if you have not already, as Kon badges are required to join in on the fun!
A priority of the Naka-Kon Game Room is to foster an environment of camaraderie and friendly competition. To this end, we ask that Kon guests exercise common courtesy and politeness - ask before joining games, pass your controller to another guest after playing for 10-15 minutes, be gracious in both victory and defeat. Children age 10 and under must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For further information, see the Gaming Room rules.
Friday, 3/11: 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. (midnight)
Saturday, 3/12: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m. (midnight)
Sunday, 3/13: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2016 is poised to be one of the biggest years in Naka-Kon history, and as such, our gaming space can’t fit in just one room! Here is a breakdown of the different gaming experiences that will be available this year in the Courtyard rooms. Game availability is not limited only to those listed below, however, as guests are welcome to loan their own games to the Game Room for use over the weekend.
If it’s played on a tabletop and doesn’t need to be plugged into a wall, you’ll find it here. Room 1 will host those games which are a bit less virtual, but no less fun, including, but not limited to:
- Board games
- Card games
- Dungeons and Dragons
- Tabletop RPGss
Tournaments will also be held for the following. See the tournament section for more information:
- Magic: The Gathering
- Pokemon Trading Card Game
Room 2 will be reserved for tournament play for a wide variety of competitive video games. To enter a tournament, you must register for the pool of your choosing before the pool fills completely. Video game tournament signups for each day will begin on the same day as the respective tournament. TCG/CCG tournament entry begins 20 minutes prior to the scheduled tournament start time. All tournament registration takes place in Courtyard Room 2.
All tournaments will be held in the Tournament room, Courtyard 2, unless otherwise specified below.
- 4pm - Splatoon
- 4:30pm - Pokemon TCG, Modified Format (Tabletop Room)
- 6pm - Soul Calibur 5
- 7:30pm - Magic The Gathering, Standard Format (Tabletop Room)
- 9pm - Guilty Gear Xrd
- 10:30am - Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG (Tabletop Room)
- 11am - Mario Kart 8
- 1pm - Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
- 1:30pm - Pokemon OR/AS Tournament (Tabletop Room)
- 3pm - Stepmania (Main Game Room)
- 3pm - Street Fighter V
- 4:30pm - Magic: The Gathering, Standard Format (Tabletop Room)
- 6pm - Fuzion Frenzy (Main Game Room)
- 6pm - BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend
- 9pm - Pokemon TCG, Modified Format (Tabletop Room)
- 11am - Ultra Street Fighter 4
- 1pm - Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG (Tabletop Room)
Super Smash Bros
In addition, Super Smash Bros will have a tournament spanning Friday and Saturday. The Super Smash Bros pools will fill up very fast, so show up as early as possible to register for the pool of your choosing. Note that you cannot register for Saturday pools on Friday.
Times are as follows:
- Pool 1 - 6:00 - 8:00pm
- Pool 2 - 8:00 - 10:00pm
- Pool 3 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Pool 4 - 4:30 - 6:30pm
- Top 8 Bracket - 9:00 - 10:00pm
The pinball-esque mechanical game Pachinko has exploded in popularity in Japan, and for the first time, Naka-Kon is proud to give its attendees a taste of this distinctly Japanese phenomenon. Room 3 will be dedicated to arcade-style (non-gambling) Pachinko, where players can snag prizes!
This year, Naka will be turning one of the ballrooms into a brawl room! Room 4 is the place to be for non-stop Smash, with the entire space dedicated to all five iterations of Nintendo’s legendary party fighter.
Rooms 5 through 7 will be combined into one gigantic space for every game under the sun! Here is a small taste of some of the games you can expect to find:
- Super Mario Maker
- Monster Hunter 4
- Soul Calibur 5
- BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend and Chrono Phantasma Extend
- Rock Band 4
- StepMania and Pump It Up (with real arcade pads)
Need a place to relax or kill some time between tournaments? Check out the Retro Game Lounge for a true blast from the past (in the best way).
This year, Naka-Kon is proud to partner up with Extra Life, a gaming-related charity organization. Through Extra Life, gamers pledge to play games for 24 hours while raising donations for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Naka-Kon will have a station set up within our gaming area for you to get more information about Extra Life, and to sign up for your own gaming marathon!