Arcade Gaming

Our arcade partner Game Saru is returning for FanimeCon 2023 as our freeplay arcade area provider! From the latest popular Japanese racing and rhythm games to the classic candy cabinets, and even some American retro classics, we will have it all!

The arcade machine list will be posted on Game Saru’s social media outlets – once it is live, FanimeCon Gaming will share that post on our accounts!

Connect with Game Saru:

Interested in working with us for arcade cabinet presentations and/or events? Email us at to begin a conversation!

We are also seeking an Arcade department leadership team, tournament organizers, and staffers for FanimeCon 2024 and beyond! If interested, please email and let us know why you’re interested in leading the Arcade department. (Please do follow up during the summer months, as response times are impacted during off-season)

Arcade Tournaments

NorCal World Order (NcWO) and local DDR organizers are also returning with community tournaments! Complete event details are on the following Facebook event pages: 

Pump It Up tournament series, presented by NcWO

  • All three (3) events are on Saturday / Day 2
  • Lower Division – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Freestyle – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Upper Division – 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Dance Dance Revolution tournament series

  • Saturday / Day 2 @ 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Tech (Level 10-13 Only) 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Freestyle 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

*NEW* maimai でらっくす Tournament, presented by the community!

  • Sunday / Day 3 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Important Notice – Community tournament organizers, Game Saru, and FanimeCon Staff ask all rhythm game players to be safe with their movements and actions. We reserve the right to stop any unsafe movements or actions, and remove participants in the interest of safety.

Arcade Area Rules

Please follow the Gaming Hall Rules and Code of Conduct. FanimeCon Staff and Game Saru reserve the right to modify the rules at any time, in the interest of safety.

  • Please follow rules and regulations from Game Saru’s signage.
  • Only sealed containers are allowed in the Arcade Area.
    • If you must have a bite of food or take medication, please do so outside the area. 
  • If a line develops for an arcade game, please limit your game sessions to one round or session. Give everyone a turn!
  • Do not conduct any unsafe movements or actions on any arcade game, including during the tournaments.
    • Game Saru employees and FanimeCon Staff reserve the right to stop anyone from conducting unsafe movements. 
  • In the event of a malfunction or non-optimal arcade cabinet, please alert the Game Saru Operations desk or flag down a FanimeCon staffer.
    • Please DO NOT attempt to fix the problem by yourself.