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SPECIAL GUESTS, LIVE PODCASTS, SCREENINGS, COMPETITIONS, & MORE!
This year’s Super FamiCon events & panel schedule are jam-packed with everything from Cosplay Contests, Panels, Live Music, Stand Up Comedy, Screenings, Quizes, and more! To learn new things & meet some of the biggest names in U.S. Video Gaming Culture, buy your tickets by clicking here!


FRIDAY:

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FILM SCREENING: “The Wizard”

with Live Commentary by Luke Edwards (The Wizard)

7:30 p.m. Friday, November 17
Location: Panel Hall A

Super FamiCon 2017 Opening Kick-Off Event! It’s the 1989 film that introduced “Super Mario Bros. 3,” competitive video gaming, and yes, the Power Glove to the general population! Join actor Luke Edwards as he takes you on a live oral history adventure of the movie he made with Fred Savage and Jenny “Rilo Kiley” Lewis when they were all just kids. Screening will be followed by a Fan Q&A. NOTE: This event is available EXCLUSIVELY to Star Tournament and Mushroom Convention Passholders only.
 


SATURDAY:

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CONCERT: Opening Ceremonies

 

Feat. Appalachian State Video Game Music Ensemble

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall A

Description: TBD

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PANEL: If You Die in the Game,
You Die For Real!


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Tori Lee

An introductory look at the finest games the horror genre has to offer!

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GUEST PANEL: The History of Hyrule with Patrick Thorpe


12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall A

Panelist: Patrick Thorpe

Dark Horse Publishing editor Patrick Thorpe will talk about the extensive work he did to chronicle the legend of “The Legend of Zelda” video game series. Thorpe was the editor of the best-selling books “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia” and “The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts,” both of which detailed the comprehensive history of one of gaming’s biggest franchises, which continues to capture people’s imaginations today with the release of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” Thorpe will discuss working with Nintendo as well as the challenges of supervising such an extensive English translation of the Japanese text. Panel hosted by long time fan-panelist and Zelda fanatic, Tobias Mcnabb.

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PANEL: Video Games & Autism


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Elizabeth Mehaffey

Description:For years, the so-called threat of 'video game addiction' was labeled as one of the 'dangers' for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). But now there is a growing perspective that gaming can also play a positive role. Therapist Elizabeth Mehaffey of Total Access Care will be joined by Kayla King of World Autism Respect to to explore the concept of neurodiversity and how playing video games can be a valid interest and hobby for people with AS in terms of building social skills and providing a more comfortable social atmosphere for people who have diverse needs and preferences.

GUEST PANEL: Limited Run Games & Why Physical Games are Important


1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall A
Panelist: Limited Run Games


In a digital age where online game sales threaten the very existence of brick and mortar video game stores, Limited Run Games, a small video game publisher from Apex, North Carolina, stands defiant by offering exclusive, limited edition physical releases of games that were previously only available online. Best of all, nearly all of Limited Run Games’ releases sell out almost instantaneously. Limited Run Games’ founder Douglas Bogart will talk about why he created his company, and why their work is important now more than ever.

PANEL: Train On!

20 Years of Pokemon

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall B

Panelist: Tobias McNabb

"Welcome to the world of POKéMON!" These words by Professor Oak greeted new players to the original Pokemon games on Game Boy and opened the floodgates into a hobby which never really left our pop culture.The franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and united its multi-generational fanbase into a festival of nostalgia for the older games and hope for the future. Join us as we look at the games both new and old which have inspired us to keep training.

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LIVE PODCAST: The Retronauts

featuring Luke Edwards

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall A

Panelists: The Retronauts and Luke Edwards

While highly rated Retronauts podcast is typically devoted to chronicling the history of video games, they will put their mission on pause to focus on the history of a video game movie. Specifically, the 1989 feature-length Nintendo commercial/children’s adventure comedy “The Wizard.” They will interview its star Luke Edwards, probing for deep insights like ‘Was Fred Savage cool in real life?’ and ‘What was it like to play “Super Mario Bros. 3” before the rest of the United States’?

STAND-UP COMEDY: Nerd or Nothin’ Comedy Show


2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall B

Panelists: Dusty Cagle, Wills Maxwell Jr, Zo Myers, Tyler WoodJd Etheridge, Rene' Luna, and Reid Pegram

If comedy, cartoons, and videogames had a baby it'd be this show! A showcase of some of North Carolina’s funniest local comedians talking about what they love most!

GUEST PANEL: Writing the History of Video Games


4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall A

Panelists: Patrick Thorpe, Jon Irwin, Jeremy Parish

Video games have existed for nearly 50 years and the history of this burgeoning medium is already being written by people like Jon Irwin and Jeremy Parrish. What does it take to be a video game journalist or historian?

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PANEL: We Are Not Your Princess

Women in Games Forum

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelists: Girls Make Games and Smash Sisters

A panel that includes representatives from Girls Make Games and Smash Sisters will talk about the issues, challenges, and topics that women gamers face now as their visibility in video game culture is on the rise.

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PANEL: Super Sonic 25th Anniversary


5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall A

Panelists: Ian Flynn and Adam Bryce Thomas

Description: TBD

PANEL: Nintendo Outside Nintendo


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Sullivan Wallace

Cartoons, commercials, cereal boxes, movies! Nintendo has a lot of media besides games!

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COMPETITION: Cosplay Contest


6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall A

Which costume at this year’s Super FamiCon will win the highest honors? Find out during the 2017 Cosplay Contest! This year’s contest will expand from last year’s Nintendo-focused event by allowing costumes inspired by video games from all consoles, PC and the Internet. This year’s contest will also include a panel of judges, an Audience Award, as well as special awards for a variety of categories. (Additional Rules, Criteria, and Details TBA).

PANEL: The Stars of YouTube


6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Joe Scott

Description: TBA

CONCERT: Console Command LIVE!


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18th
Location: Panel Hall A
Panelist: Console Command

Hailing from Durham, NC, Console Command is a group of 4 hyper nerds playing your favorite tunes from your favorite games. Get your nostalgia ready, Console Command is comin'!


SUNDAY:

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PANEL: A Brief History of Kingdom Hearts


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Austin Craver

Kingdom Hearts is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, so this panel takes a 'deep dive' into the franchise's development history, legacy, and bright future! Got it memorized?

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PANEL: Video Games & Comics


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall A
Panelist: Patrick Thorpe, Ian Flynn, and Adam Bryce Thomas

What is it like to turn hit video games into comic books? Dark Horse Comics’ editor Patrick Thorpe will share what it’s like to take hit video game properties such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, “Tomb Raider,” “Dragon Age,” and “Call of Duty” from their open-ended digital origins and convert them to the paper and panels world of comic books. Learn what goes into producing a comic book series from a person who helps make it happen every month!

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PANEL: SMASH PANEL


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Joe Scott

Description: TBA

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GUEST PANEL: Super Mario Bros. 2


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall A
Panelist: Jon Irwin

“Super Mario Bros. 2” is arguably the most offbeat sequel to a hit video game in the history of the medium. And yet even with its new villains, unique story, and bizarre secrets, the game managed to be the third highest selling game on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Writer Jon Irwin embarked on a personal journey to discover the history behind this bizarre best selling video game in the book “Super Mario Bros 2.,” which he wrote for Boss Fight Books with the help of Nintendo of America figurehead Howard Phillips the Game Master. Irwin will talk at length about the game, the secrets he discovered, and the inside stories he learned about Nintendo.

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PANEL: Get N or Get Out!

A Look into Nintendo 64

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Tobias McNabb

Retro gaming culture fixates on the 8-bit aesthetic: pixel art and chiptunes are everywhere. But as millenials grow into adulthood, there's a nostalgia for the gaming of 1996. Join us as we talk about the Nintendo 64 and the transition from 2D to 3D graphics.

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LIVE PODCAST: The Retronauts Live: “Night Trap”


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall A

Panelists: The Retronauts and Limited Run

Join the Retronauts as they uncover the history behind one of the most controversial video game releases of all time -- the Sega CD game “Night Trap.” They will be joined by Limited Run Games to discuss how the full motion video game ignited a US Senate Committee hearing on video game violence and was subsequently banned from toy store shelves across America. Limited Run Games will also talk about how they unearthed the previously banned game for a special limited edition re-release.

PANEL: Guess Who: Games Edition


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall B

Panelist: Andrew Ainsworth

Maybe you've played this game before, but not quite like this. With game-themed boards of familiar characters from Animal Crossing to Zelda, we're playing this game with a twist! Come on down to win prizes, fame, and glory! (and to maybe convince your mom that you have friends.)

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PANEL: Lylat Saga: The History of Star Fox


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall B

Panelist: Tobias Mcnabb

The Star Fox games were once system-sellers for Nintendo, pushing the limits of what their consoles could do. Now, their legacy has been relegated to characters and assets in Smash Brothers. Check your G-Diffuser system and join us as we discuss the development and history of Star Fox!

PANEL: Nintendo Handheld Buyer’s Guide


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Edwin Rivas and Will Smitka

Just getting into handheld gaming and not sure what are day one purchases? Your panelists Edwin Rivas and Will Smitka will cover essentials from every handheld from Gameboy through the 3DS and highlights from both well received titles and games you may not have heard of. This panel will be the perfect guide for both newcomers and veterans alike!

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PANEL: Minna de Mayhem


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall B
Panelist: Graham Russell and Jenni Lada

Join Michibiku for multiplayer competition in weird, obscure Japan-only Nintendo releases! Check out cool games you may not have seen and watch as randomly-selected attendees play for prizes.

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PANEL: Convention Feedback with Team FamiCon

with Team FamiCon

6 p.m. Sunday, November 19th
Location: Panel Hall A

Panelists: Team FamiCon

What did you enjoy about Super FamiCon 2017? What could we do to improve the experience? We would love for you to tell us! Executive director Joe Scott will be joined by the rest of the convention team to hear your feedback, praise, and even complaints in the hopes of making Super FamiCon 2018 even better!

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