Saboten Con brings together the best of anime and gaming for the southwest

Saboten Con, which happens every year near Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the biggest fan conventions in the region. It is dedicated to anime, but also has quite a bit of stuff for gamers. Events and programming include panels about video games and related topics, and gaming tournaments with cash prizes!

Saboten Con gaming tournaments

Below is a partial listing of the gaming related events at this years Saboten Con.


  • BlazBlue: Chronophantasma
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Dance Dance Revolution/Stepmania
  • F1 2013
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • King of Fighters XIII
  • Killer Instinct
  • Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • Nintendoland
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Skullgirls Encore
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
  • Super Smash Bros Brawl
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Typing of the Dead
  • Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV



We recommend you bring your own controller/arcade stick/headset etc (must be wired only) to participate in tournaments. We will have them available for public use, but will be in limited quantities.
SATURDAY (08/30)

  • 10:30am – OPEN
  • 12:00n – King of Fighters XIII (PS3)
  • 03:00pm – Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3)
  • 06:00pm – Persona 4 Arena (PS3)
  • 09:00pm – BlazBlue: Chronophantasma (PS3)
  • 01:00am – CLOSE

SUNDAY (08/31)

  • 10:30am – OPEN
  • 12:00n – Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3)
  • 03:00pm – Killer Instinct (XB1)
  • 06:00pm – Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 (PS3) [PAID]
  • 09:00pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3) [PAID]
  • 01:00am – CLOSE

MONDAY (09/01)

  • 10:30am – OPEN
  • 12:00n – Call of Duty: Ghosts 3v3 (360)
  • 04:00pm – CLOSE

The game room and tournaments are being organized by AZHP. You can visit their website for more info.

Check out some SSFIVAE footage from last year’s Saboten Con (via Twitch)

Watch live video from AZHPGaming on Twitch

This year, the video game related panel topics include Sonic The Hedgehog, Monster Hunter, Women in anime & video games, Retro Video Game Music, Video Game music remixes, horror games, Left 4 Dead, and Project Diva.

There is also dedicated space for tabletop gamers, which include introductory panels about RPGs, Dungeons & Dragons, and more.

Last, but not least,  lets not forget the cosplayers. No matter which way you spin it, Saboten Con is ready for gamers. The real question is, are you ready?

Visit the official Saboten Con website to get more info and buy tickets.

Check out our previous Saboten Con coverage including the Akira Yamaoka concert.

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