Retro Wrap-Up: Pinball Edition

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

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Pinball - NES | Retro Wrap-Up

I just wanted to show off my high score.

Ah, pinball. One of the great precursors to video games as we know them. The pinball machines were always one of my favorite stops when visiting an arcade. Each one was different–both in theme and in mechanics. The vibrations from the ball and bumpers, and the feel of the movement of the flippers all varied from machine to machine, and it took some time before you became familiar with them. Although, with enough practice, I hear even a deaf, dumb, and blind kid can learn to play a mean pinball.

While there have been numerous video game versions of pinball released since the early days of the industry, the oprainfall Retro Commercial Research Team–in other words, me–was rather disheartened to discover that only pinball games with themes rooted in the most popular video game franchises were advertised on television.

So, enjoy the various pinball video game commercials I’ve found for this week’s Retro Wrap-Up. And don’t forget to let us know what your favorite pinball video game is. I’ve always really enjoyed Pinball for the NES.

And, as a bonus, here’s an old Atari 2600 commercial that features a segment on Video Pinball, another one of my favorites.

Here are the highlights from the past week.

REVIEWS & PREVIEWS

ORIGINAL CONTENT

NEWS

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About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.




  • JDobbs

    I remember Pokemon Pinball back in the day. Pinball machines have always been fascinating, especially seeing their evolution from the early days to the present. I come across old pinball machines at flea markets and antique places.

    • Eric

      I would love to buy my own pinball machine. They’re not much more expensive than modern consoles nowadays, but I just don’t have the space for it.

    • JDobbs

      Same here. Although I have seen some pinball machines be marked way too high.