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Pole Calibur invades Long Island Retro Gaming Expo this weekend

The Pole Still Burns!

Dust off your SEGA Dreamcast fishing rods because we’re bringing Pole Calibur to Long Island Retro Gaming Expo this weekend, and we want to hope to see you there!

You might have seen Pole Calibur before at our booth at Too Many Games or during our annual Dreamcast Marathon. Now, in association with Long Island Retro Gaming Expo (LI Retro), Mega Visions is bringing the insanity to the masses with the first official Pole Calibur Tournament!

Lizardman playing Pole Calibur at Too Many Games

How to play Pole Calibur at LI Retro

The first official Pole Calibur tournament is going down this weekend at LI Retro. Here’s all the info you need to know to register.

  • When: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Aug. 13 (Saturday)
  • Where: Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530
  • Where to register: Registration link

We hope to see you at Long Island Retro Gaming Expo 2022 this weekend!

What is Pole Calibur?

Remember a time before video game consoles seemingly had a different accessory made for nearly every genre? SEGA embraced the idea of bringing the arcade home and did so with a fishing rod controller for the SEGA Dreamcast to play with SEGA Bass Fishing. The fishing rod features rumble technology that enables the controller to simulate the sensation of a fish nibbling or biting your hook. But what brings us to the party is the fishing rod’s built-in motion sensors that track upward, downward and lateral movement.

To the surprise of many, the fishing rod is actually compatible with Soulcalibur, and when two fishing rod controllers are connected, ole Calibur was born. Even today, “the pole still burns!”

Once in the game itself, the fishing rod controller can be used similarly to the Wii Remote to waggle your way to victory. While the face buttons are functional within battles, where’s the fun in that?

Here at Mega Visions, we play by the simplest rules: waggle only! When in battle, you can only wave and pray with the rod as opposed to those weirdo traditionalists who use buttons. And to ramp things up, I decided to wear a dino mask to truly feel the power of Lizardman as Lizardman while fighting Lizardman!

What is Long Island Retro Gaming Expo?

Long Island Retro Gaming Expo 2022 logo
This year’s Long Island Retro Gaming Expo takes place Aug. 12-14.

The Long Island Retro Gaming Expo is where gamers, new and old, can experience the joy and history of videogames in an environment that encapsulates the golden eras of gaming but re-imagined for today’s player.

Held annually every August at our home venue The Cradle of Aviation, LI Retro houses over three levels of arcades, hundreds of console and PC gaming events, exclusive exhibits, engaging panels, curated vendors, live performances, and more.

LI Retro Show Hours

  • Friday, August 12th:
    4 pm – 10 pm (No Vendor Room)
  • Saturday, August 13th:
    10 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday, August 14th:
    10 am – 5 pm

(Editor’s note: Information from LIRetro.com)

Get your Pole Calibur T-shirt!

Did we mention there will be prizes such as a medal, keychains, and the brand new official Pole Calibur t-shirt?! Be sure to grab your merch before the show and show your spirit!

If you have not yet experienced Pole Calibur at our booth while attending Too Many Games then you have another chance not only to witness it but try your luck at becoming the Pole Champion! Pole Calibur has been a staple of the Dreamcast 24-Hour Marathon since 2013, and we’re incredibly excited to have an additional chance to share it with everyone!


Been playing Sega forever with a few of his favorites including Sonic 3, Saturn Bomberman, and Zero Tolerance. Scotty has written about Sega and hosted Sega-themed podcasts the better part of the last decade and can sometimes be seen on stage behind a drum kit.
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