Portland Retro Game Expo is my favorite convention of the year because the community and vendors are so much fun. This year I came to the expo with a goal. Replace my broken Gameboy. Beforehand I made the choice to buy a Gameboy Advance SP as it plays original Gameboy games as well as advance games. The backlit display and nicer form factor make the Advance SP a much better Gameboy and after looking at a few booths I bought one from Alex Hobizal. I also picked up the Zelda Four Swords / Link to the Past cart. Link to the Past on Advance is a great port and so far I am noticing a few graphic and musical changes to accommodate the Gameboy hardware but largely it is a nearly perfect port. Alongside those purchases I picked up Kirbys Dreamland in the original box, Gameboy Golf, Metroid II Return of Samus and Namco Museum.
Another booth I checked out was GraceWorks Interactive. They were showcasing retro bible games like Super Noahs Ark 3D, Spiritual Warfare and Catchumen. While I am no longer religious I played the hell out of Wisdom Trees games such as Spiritual Warfare and Bible Adventures. It might be my child-like nostalgia blinders, but I had a ton of fun playing those games and they have a special place in my gaming heart. GraceWorks had some stickers from the original promotion of those games I grabbed. It's awesome people still have those in stock and are selling them. I also picked up a pearler bead Moogle from Final Fantasy VI at the Mel Paradise booth.
Oh and did I mentioned I won a raffle and won the Zero Point arcade cabinet. I need to figure out a way to get it into my garage but after that you should all expect a review of it. It's kind of awesome to think that i'll have an honest to God actual arcade cabinet in my house. I bet when it's actually in my house it will feel more real, it's still really shocking I won.
If you want to peruse the imgur album of pictures I took from the event check the album below. Look forward to seeing you at next years expo.