LIMA — This year’s 15th annual Barry Electronics charity video game tournament will include some classic gaming options with tournament-style play in Mario Kart 64 and pinball.
The playoff games will include Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch, as well as Mario Kart 64.
Jeff Smith, Barry Electronics sales manager, said the event can bring in anywhere between 200 and 400 guests of all ages.
“We usually have about 100 different players, and they end up bringing family members,” he said. “We usually see a very broad range. Right now, our youngest registered is 8 and our oldest is 57.
“The kids that were playing in high school in our first tournament are coming back in their early 30s and now bringing their kids. It’s become a generational thing,” Smith added. “The players are what keeps it alive. We’ve have repeat players almost the whole run. One of the prosecutors downtown (Ken Sturgill) has been playing since he was in law school, and he’s one of our returning champions.”
For the third year, the charity tournament will benefit the Lima Police Department Summer Student Police Academy.
There will also be an International Flipper Pinball Association tournament provided by Cartridge Gaming. Smith said the pinball tournament is expected to bring a few out-of-state players.
Saturday also marks International Tabletop Day, so Alter Ego Comics will have board games for those waiting to complete, along with prizes and comics.
Vendors Jay’s Coney’s and Dunkin’ Donuts will be on-hand with food and drinks available throughout the event.
Walk-in sign ups for the tournaments will be accepted until competition begins Saturday.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.