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Video Games


The Region’s Premier Anime, Gaming, Music, Fashion and Japanese Pop Culture Convention is back and this year is bigger than ever with a plethora of Single and Team Tournaments!

This year’s games include Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Super Smash Bros Melee, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd -Rev- 2-, Blaz Blue: Central Fiction, Killer Instinct, Marvel vs Capcom 3: Infinite, ARMS, Pokken Tournament, OverWatch 3v3, Rocket League, Splatoon 2, and more!

The Tekko Bonus Is also returning! Tekko will add $50 to the pot of any tournament that hits 16 players (Every 4 teams for 3v3/4v4 and every 8 Teams for Doubles.) That bonus will continue to roll, maxing out at $200!!

Tournament Sign Ups Are Live Now!  And don’t forget to get your badge!

Tournament List

Super Smash Bros for Wii U
Making its return to Tekko for the 3rd year, the largest tournament game in Tekko History is ready to go again. Pick your favorite character and grab a controller as top players from across the region join up for a tournament for the ages.

Super Smash Bros Melee
The Fan Favorite game comes back to Tekko for the 4th year in a row. Get ready for the best in the region to challenge for the title.

OverWatch: Elimination
After an amazing showing last year. OverWatch makes its return for the second year in a row. 3v3 Lockout is the game type and with 3 new maps a whole new set of strategies are ready to take center stage. Gather your friends and get ready to answer the call.

Street Fighter V
The 5th iteration of the main game in the series makes its return to Tekko for it’s 3rd year. Now with over 20+ fighters and Season 3 of the Capcom Cup on its way. Get ready for the return of the Road Warriors.

Killer Instinct
Sponsored by the Microsoft Store, The premier fighter for the Xbox One returns as an official tournament this year. With almost 30 Characters to choose from, grab a controller and show off your best ULTRAAAA COMBOOOO!

Tekken 7
Tekken makes it’s return in a big way as the newest version of the popular fighting game lands at Tekko for its first year. With 30+ Characters, the 3D Fighter is sure to shine in its return to the spotlight.

Injustice 2
The Heroes and Villains of the DC Universe return to battle in the sequel to “Gods Among Us.” With the largest cast of DC and Guest Characters ever, Injustice looks to pick up where the other NRS Games left off.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Rev 2-
The newest update to Guilty Gear Xrd is finally here. With a rocking soundtrack and 25 characters, we have
just one question: HEAVEN or HELL?

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
The 8th Version of the popular fighting game series gets its first year at Tekko. 20+ Playable Characters both old and new to the series are ready and waiting to battle it out in 2v2 action.

BlazBlue: Central Fiction
The Wheel of Fate is turning as the latest entry in the BlazBlue series comes to Tekko 2018. With 35 characters, the largest cast in the series, Central Fiction looks to continue the long line of BlazBlue Tournaments at Tekko.

Rocket League
A brand new game to the esports scene, Rocket League has quickly risen to the top of the competitive landscape. Featuring 3v3 soccer style gameplay, Rocket League is looking to be a new favorite here at Tekko.

Splatoon 2
Grab your friends and your Nintendo Switch as teams of four look to take home the title of Top Squid Kids or is it Kid
Squids… Kids? Or Squids?

Pokken Tournament DX
Returning this Tekko with a huge update to the base game, Pokken Tournament pits players against one another as their favorite Pokemon! Pickahu, Lucario, Gengar, Mewtwo, and others join a cast of over 20 characters battling it out in awesome battles!

Rivals of Aether
Making its Tekko 2018 Debut is the extremely popular indie fighting game. With 13 Characters and and awesome pixel art style, who will come out on top as master of their element?

Dragon Ball FighterZ
One of the greatest action anime of all time gets a brand new 3v3 team fighting game as Dragon Ball FighterZ makes its way to Tekko 2018. A sure fire hit with fans new and old alike get ready to Rock the Dragon!

Don’t see a tournament for your favorite game? Well this year we’re inviting you, the attendees, to come and make your own tournament!

A few rules:

All Community Tournaments will be Single Elimination for time
constraints. Tournament Matches will be allowed to be 2 out of 3
depending on the type of game.

Community Tournaments will have a Max of 8 players per tournament
station available. This means that if a tournament has 2 set ups
available to it, up to 16 players can enter. All community tournaments
have a max player entry of 32 regardless of set ups.

Tekko is not responsible for running your event. You are. This
includes equipment. Tekko will help provide some equipment if we have
it and space in our Tournament Area. A full list of Games that we have
is available below.

Upon completion of the Tournament, the Tournament Organizer will be
provided with compensation the same as panel compensation.

If you wish to run more than one tournament, including our official
tournaments, we encourage you to join staff and help us out. You get a
cool shirt, free badge, and the gratitude of our management staff!

List of Available Games and their platform:

Catherine (Xbox 360)

Divekick (PS3)

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3)

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3)

Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii)

Super Smash Bros 64 (N64)

Capcom vs SNK 2 (PS3)

Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo HD Remix (Xbox 360)

Street Fighter 3: Third Strike (Xbox 360)

Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Xbox 360)

Mortal Kombat XL (PS4)

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Gold Edition (Xbox 360)

King of Fighters 13 (Xbox 360)

Soul Calibur 5 (Xbox 360)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

Nitro+ Blasters (PS4)

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PS4)

Star Fox 64 (N64)

Mario Kart: Double Dash (GCN/Wii)

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS4)

If you are interested in running a tournament in one of these games or
if you have a game that isn’t on this list that you want to run,
please contact

Collectible Card Games (CCG)

Play your favorite Collectible Card Games at Tekko!

General Information

CCGs in the Gaming Hall will feature Demos and Open Play for a multitude of games as well as competitive tournaments for YuGiOh, Magic, Pokemon, and Cardfight!! Vanguard. 8-Player flights and structure deck playoffs will also be running all weekend for many other card games. Grab your friends and come see us to find out more!

Too shy to jump right into battle? Find any of our CCG Staff members and ask about Open Play or Demos available all weekend for any card game. Our vendor will be equipped with products for all card games to get you tournament ready.

YuGiOh will feature regular advanced-format tournaments with an extra challenge. Strong players will be entering and you can receive extra prizes for defeating them. See us to find out more!

Magic will feature Standard, Modern, Commander, and Draft tournaments. There will also be Challenge tournaments to really test your strength.  Check the schedule or come see us to find out when!

Pokemon will feature Standard and Expanded tournaments as well as Open Play for beginners. Our resident Pokemon Professor is happy to show you the ropes and get you ready for our other tournaments running all weekend!

Board Games

Board Game Tournaments

We have expanded our tournament selections for Tekko 2018! Our staff will be running tournaments of:

Pitch Car Grand Prix  – 4 new tracks! Compete for the Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, Star Cup, and Rainbow Road

Mario Kart X-Wing: The Boonta Eve Classic – New this year! This is x-wing miniatures with a mario twist!

Photosynthesis – New this year! Play the game that took the fall of 2017 by storm!

Kingdomino – New this Year! Dominoes with a kingdom building twist.

Onitama – 3 words: Kung Fu Chess.

Star Realms – A fun deck building game set in space.

Mahjong – New this year! You asked for it, you got it! Collect tiles before your opponents do.

GO – New this year! A traditional strategy game that takes 5 minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.

Due to some tournaments having a maximum player cap, make sure to sign up in the Gaming Hall.

Board Game Rental
Have some time to spare in between panels and events and aren’t sure what to do? Did you know that you can sign out board games for free to play in the Gaming Hall? We have a plethora of unique and fun games to play. Don’t know what you want to play? Ask our staff, we love to make suggestions!

Open Demos
All weekend we will be running demos of our tournament games, fun party games, and staff favorite games! We will also be joined by Dabeco (creators of Havenfall) and Milton Roe (creators of Shoot Cows), who will be demoing their games all weekend.

Challenge your friends to a game of croquet. Yes, you read that right! We will have a croquet field in the Gaming Hall. Don’t know how to play? Our staff can explain the rules and show you how!

Interested but don’t know how to play? Starting an hour before each tournament, our staff will be available to teach you the game. We will also be offering Open Demos of Tournament Games throughout the weekend.

Role Playing Games


In the RPG Room, we aim to give guests unique experiences in the games they play.  This year we’ll be adding to this with new games such as Leverage and the Dragon Age RPG.
Returning will be the ‘d20 Grab Bag’ series of games where players won’t know what game they’re playing until they sit down!
In addition, RPG Guy Mike will be returning with his video game inspired games using the 5th edition of D&D’s rules.  This year he’ll be running, in addition to Monster Hunter, a new set of games based on the popular Kingdom Hearts series!  These games are limited to 4 players only so be sure to get there early!

Tekko LARP

Live Action Role Play

Pre-Registration for the LARP is open NOW until March 1st.

We are now accepting pre-registrations for the Tekko LARP. This will guarantee you the character you want to play as and will speed things along at the con when you come to sign-in, as all of your character information will be ready for pick up. Pre-registration is very easy, all you have to do is:

#1: Go to the site and look at the list of characters already created.

#2: If you do not see the character you want to play listed, that’s okay. You can request that character anyways, BUT keep in mind that the GMs give final approval on all characters concerning playability. (Note: all of these characters are Anime/Manga characters we will allow Video Game characters on a PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY basis, also all video game characters must be created/published by a Japanese company to be considered.)

#3: Email with:

  1. Your choice of character and two alternate character choices, listed in order.
  2. Your full first and last name, for the purposes of pickup.
  3. An email address where we may contact you if there are any issues.

If you have any further questions, you may contact the head GM at


Also please join our Facebook group for any and all updates about pre-registration, as well as to see plot teasers

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a LARP?
LARP stands for Live-Action Role-Playing. It is a lot like a normal Role-Playing Game such as Dungeons & Dragons, but instead of having everyone seated around a table with pencils and dice, everyone gets to interact with each other on a face-to-face basis, with everyone playing their role physically and in near real-time. This allows for very large groups of people to all be involved as players come and go.

So what makes it so special?
This particular LARP will be based on Anime and Manga, along with a bit of Video Games, with characters both famous and obscure. Players get to choose who they play, receiving a character sheet which spells out the powers and abilities of that character.

How much time does it take to play?
As much or as little as you’re willing to put into it. Character signup will be on Friday, sometime in the early afternoon. Game play will officially start in the late afternoon. (Times are subject to change but traditionally pickup starts close to 1PM and the game starts close to 4PM.) The LARP will run through Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and events will happen throughout all three days. Attendance is not mandatory if you sign up, but the more you play, the greater the odds are that you’ll be around for something neat.

Does it cost anything more to sign up?
Registration for the LARP only requires that you’ve registered for the con.

Can I play -Name of Character Here- ?
Possibly, the list of characters available can be found here , but if you don’t pre-register, we can’t say for sure that a character will be available for you. If you wish to request a character that is on the list, feel free, but again, you MUST pre-register to give us time to write up the sheet. Bear in mind that this LARP is meant for Anime, Manga, and Japanese Video Game characters only, so if you’ve a character in mind from Japanese pop-culture, or American produced cartoons in mind, they won’t be on the list.

The series I like has characters listed, but why isn’t -Character- listed?
If you don’t see a character listed, or even a whole Anime or Manga series listed, it’s likely because of one of two reasons. Either:

1. The character is too powerful or evil to be allowed to be played as a character. Characters who have no motivation but to kill everyone they see only limit the fun of playing for all involved.

2. The character hasn’t been written up yet! Sorry, but there are so many series to choose from, and only so many people write up character sheets. Go ahead and per-register and we’ll get right on it!

Will my character be able to -Description here- ?
Again, possibly. The character sheets try to capture the spirit of the characters, but may not have every single power that a character has ever displayed in a series. This is in the interest of game balance; making sure no one character can beat all the others at everything.

So, we all just mill about playing our characters, then?
Well, yes, but then the GMs have to come up with an overarching plot that gets your characters involved. Hopefully the characters in play will also want to do things based on their motivations. I also put in characters played by the GM’s who send you on missions or tell you of events that will be happening.

What if you post a teaser that makes me want to change my character choice?
We will allow character swapping up until the close of pre-registration on March 1st. If you still find a good reason to swap after this point we’ll allow it on a case-by-case basis, but please, if you swap after the close date, you may only swap to a character whose sheet is already written.

I thought I could make it this year, but it turns out I can’t, and I pre-registered, what now?
We’re sorry you couldn’t make it, but if you find out you are unable to attend, please let us know so we can free up the character you’re pre-registered as for other people to play. There’s nothing worse than being told you can’t play a particular character because they were reserved, and then the person who reserved the character never shows up.

So, what are the rules?
The basic rules are actually easy to learn, using rock-paper-scissors to resolve conflicts, detailed instructions will be available at the convention, but I do wish to stress six golden rules of the game:

Rule 1: No Touching! Nobody playing in the LARP is allowed to physically touch anyone else in the LARP for any reason, no exceptions. This is why any combat or conflict is resolved with games of rock-paper-scissors.

Rule 2: No Stunts. Your character might be able to jump 50 feet in the air, do a somersault and pose while landing on both feet, but unless you’re THAT well trained, you can’t. Also, if you ARE that well trained, kudos to you, but this isn’t the time or place to be showing off. It’s in everyone’s best interest to keep the LARP safe.

Rule 3: No Weapons. The LARP follows all of the rules of the con, including the weapons policy, but it goes one step further. Nobody is allowed to even PRETEND to hold a FAKE weapon as if it is a REAL weapon. If you have a fake weapon as part of your costume which is allowed by con policy, that’s great, you can keep it on you. But again, for the sake of safety, we ask that you keep it out of game play.

Rule 4: Be mindful of those not playing. If you’re playing in the LARP, have all the fun you want, but do bear in mind there is a con going on around it and a lot of people won’t be in the LARP. This means you shouldn’t act as if everyone is playing. The best way to avoid this is to try and keep most of the action close to the LARP area in the Convention Center (and yes, the LARP will have its own specialized area).

Rule 5: Remember it’s just a game. In the LARP, there won’t be prizes for winning or losing. In fact, like most RPG’s, it will sometimes be hard to tell who exactly won or lost. Don’t take the game too seriously. If something bad happens to your character, don’t worry about it. It might make for an interesting plot twist later on in the game. As long as you’re having fun, that’s all the matters.

Rule 6: Listen to the Game Masters. Running the game will be a dedicated team of game masters who will be doing their best to keep track of all of the dealings going on. They need every player’s help in order to do their jobs. If you don’t listen to the rules, or don’t pay attention to them, then the game will only seem like it’s taking forever.
Beyond these 6 rules, everything else can be learned easily enough at the con. The rules are meant to be as quick and simple as humanly possible.

Wait a minute; I know these rules from Nekocon/Zenkaicon/A-Next!
That’s not a question, but yes, they’re the same rules as are used in the LARPs at other conventions. The LARP staff at Nekocon has been gracious enough to allow Tekko the use of them.

3DS Pokemon League


Calling all Pokemon Fans: Tekko 3DS Pokemon League is back for another year and this is your chance to be part of the action!

How the Event Works:

The event runs from 10 am to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday, and a small portion of time on Sunday (TBA).  Challenging trainers face Gym Leaders (Friday and Saturday) and if they defeat them, then they will be awarded a badge.  With 8 out of a possible 18 badges, a trainer qualifies to challenge the Elite Four on Sunday.  Whoever defeats all of the Elite Four and Champion wins both the title of Champion and the prizes (TBA).

All battles follow Smogon Rules, which can be found here:

Gym Leader Information:

We still have openings for the gym leaders of the following gyms:

  • Fighting
  • Ground
  • Normal
  • Water
  • Bug

Time requirements apply, so please only seek more information if you have at least 5 hours of convention time to donate.  Also, please ensure that your teams are Smogon-legal and monotype.  

Wearing something that is related to your type is a big plus, as is having prepared dialogue for challengers when they approach you as well as when you win or lose, but this is not required.

Additionally, we are looking for understudies for gyms, in the event that a gym leader becomes unavailable.  Presently all gym leaders are open for understudy positions.  

To apply, please send an email to stating your name, the position that you’re interested in, and the best way to get in touch with you.  All positions are filled on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay.  

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