Special guests

Luke Edwards

Super Famicon 2017 Featured Guest!

In 1989, Luke Edwards teamed up with fellow child actors Fred Savage & Jenny “Rilo Kiley” Lewis to star in “The Wizard,” the movie that would not only introduce Nintendo fans to the colossal hit release “Super Mario Bros. 3,” but also to the burgeoning world of Competitive Video Gaming & Money Matches. With nearly 50 acting credits to his name, Edwards starred in other hit movies including “Newsies,” “Little Big League,” “American Pie 2,” & “Jeepers Creepers 2.” He also starred in acclaimed TV series including “Roseanne” and “True Detective.” He currently has two new feature films in post production -- "The Super," which features a return performance by Val Kilmer, and the upcoming horror film “Malicious.”

Events: “The Wizard” Screening with Live Commentary & Fan Q&A OPENING GALA EVENT AT 7:30 PM Friday, November 17, LOCATION TBA - The Retronauts LIVE featuring Luke Edwards at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 17, in Panel Room A


Patrick Thorpe

Writer & Editor

An editor at Dark Horse Comics, Thorpe’s credits include such Nintendo titles as “The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts,” “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia,” “The Art of Splatoon,” and “The Art of Fire Emblem.” He has also worked on comic books for other video game properties including Tomb Raider, Dragon Age, Call of Duty and more!

Booth: TBA
Events: The History of Hyrule Live Panel at 11 a.m. in Panel Room A - Video Games & Comic Books Live Panel at 12 p.m. Sunday, November 18 in Panel Room A


Limited Run Games


A publisher of limited run, physical games for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4, Limited Run Games focuses on bringing games that were previously only available in a digital format to a physical medium. The Criterion Collection of video games, they’ve also produced limited run releases of video game soundtracks on vinyl as well as ‘lost’ retro games. One of their most notable upcoming reissues will be for the controversial 1992 SegaCD game “Night Trap,” which was the subject of a US Senate committee hearing on video game violence and was subsequently banned from toy store shelves. Limited Run is based out of Apex, North Carolina and thrives under the ethos to preserve the physicality of video games and to fight its prophesied all-digital future.

“Limited Run & Why Physical Games are Important” Live Panel at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 17, in Panel Room A -- The Retronauts LIVE! featuring Limited Run Games at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 18, in Panel Room A

Jeremy Parish

Writer & Journalist

Jeremy Parish co-hosts the Retronauts podcast, which focuses on classic gaming. He began writing about games more than 20 years ago, having contributed over the years to publications like 1UP.com, Electronic Gaming Monthly, USgamer, Computer Gaming World, Polygon, and more. Currently Jeremy lives in Raleigh, trapped in the middle of an ever-growing web of elaborate vintage console recording mechanisms.




Jon Irwin

Writer & Educator

Jon Irwin is a writer and teacher from Detroit, Michigan. His games criticism has appeared in The Atlantic, Billboard, Kill Screen, Kotaku, and Longreads, and he's a regular contributor to Paste and Gamasutra. His first book, “Super Mario Bros. 2,” was published by Boss Fight Books in 2014; EDGE Magazine named it one of the best videogame books to buy today, saying it "finds treasure in the nooks of the game's strange history." Before turning his attention to games, he wrote about drag-racing, golf, electronic music, cult film, food, and being an ice cream truck driver. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, son, cat, and dog.




The Retronauts


“The Original Classic Gaming Podcast” embarks each week on a quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time. Hosts Jeremy Parish and Bob Macky team up with a host of expert guests to chronicle the creations that have paved the way for modern gaming culture. From forgotten black-and-white arcade machines, to licensed oddities and even modern-day remakes, Retronauts spans more than four dates of vintage gaming greatness!



*NOTE: All scheduled guests and panels are subject to change.



FRIDAY GALA: The Wizard w/ Live Commentary & Fan Q&A Feat Luke Edwards 7:30 PM 3 HOURS
SATURDAY The History of Hyrule featuring Patrick Thorpe of Dark Horse Publishing 11:00 AM 1 HOUR
SATURDAY Limited Run & Why Physical Games are Important 1:00 PM 1 HOUR
SATURDAY The Retronauts Live feat. Luke Edwards 2:30 PM 1.5 HOURS
SATURDAY Writing the History of Video Games 4:00 PM 1 HOUR
SATURDAY Cosplay Contest 6:00 PM 1 HOUR
SUNDAY Video Games & Comics 12:00 PM 1.5 HOURS
SUNDAY The Retronauts w/ Limited Run 2:00 PM 1.5 HOURS
SUNDAY Jon Irwin Talk 4:00 PM 1 HOUR
SUNDAY Con Feedback Panel with Team Famicon 6:00 PM 1 HOUR