Who says they don’t make new pinball machines?

by: Jeremy -
While, talk about a genre that most thought was dead... when did you ever expect to read a bit of pinball related news on the site. I am not talking about a digital version either, but a real-deal machine with flippers, glass, bumpers, and everything else you would expect to find...

Stern Pinball has announced the production of a TRON: Legacy Pinball machine, which will begin this month. The new table features 3 flippers, 2 action ramps, Light Cycle multiball, and a plethora of other features that tie in the recent Disney movie. The table will also feature a 3D back-glass, much like Stern’s previous Avatar pinball table.

Regardless of how far along the gaming industry moves along I still cannot pass up a good pinball table. It seems as though you rarely see them any more so when I do happen to spot one, I have to take it for a spin. Hopefully I will run across one of these beautiful tables in my future travels. Stern released a full statement to its distributors in the form of a press release / open letter, which you can read on the next page.

Source: Arcade Heroes

"Dear Ladies & Gentlemen

As I have told many of you when we have been together, Stern Pinball will begin production of its next model pinball machine, TRON: Legacy, at the beginning of May. You will receive TRON in time for your pre- summer season sales.

We have licensed this title from Disney, the maker of the $400 million grossing holiday season movie TRON: Legacy. 60% of the gross was outside the United States. This movie is an extension of the 1982 movie TRON and the famous video game of that time. Another TRON movie is being planned. We have had requests from gamers, and pinball players in particular, to make a TRON pinball machine. There is a pent up demand for this game, and many of you have heard this from your customers.

With TRON, we continue the design philosophy that you have told us has been successful, that of Iron Man, Avatar and The Rolling Stones. Our games are playing shorter and have more randomness. The great designer Harry Williams used to say, “The ball is wild.” Great players are challenged and causal players have fun. Operators are making money.

Our TRON pinball puts the players in the middle of TRON movie and video game action battles. This is a fast moving game. TRON has 3 flippers, including an upper flipper to shot one of the two fabulous fast action ramps. We have not utilized a 3rd flipper in a while, and players will enjoy it. In the center of the playfield, near the top, there is a motorized 3 bank target assembly the player must hit and lower, to gain access to the illuminated, motorized spinning disc, representing TRON’s Identity Disc. The spinning disc shoots the ball randomly across and around the playfield. Ramp shots take the player to an exciting Light Cycle multiball. The player shoots at the miniature TRON video game to start exciting features and collect big points.

TRON: Legacy is a visually exquisite 3D movie, and our pinball has captured the same exquisite visual, including its 3D backglass. Music is from movie and perfect for pinball.

This game is brought to you by the design team that gave you Iron Man and Avatar.

We have been playing TRON, and we are really having fun.

Because this is truly a collectors and enthusiasts dream title, we will make a TRON Limited Edition version in late June.

As soon as Disney approves the game photo, I will send you a picture for posting.

Best regards”


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