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Nanotech has a distributor, so what’s next?

June 30, 2008

We’ve had a few posts recently on a new company that is joining the coin-op scene and once again they have another press release to share with the world. After revealing the licensing of Gottlieb pinball tables for their new MultiPin system, Nanotech is announcing that they have partnered up with Too Fun Inc., a distributor based in Dallas Texas that will carry their products

worldwide. So in case you were excited about seeing their new MultiPin with it’s recreated Gottlieb tables then you soon may find one. According to the release the product is ready to go now so I assume that within a few months we should have a good idea of how well this system will do and if it will leave UltraPin in the dust or not. At the very least it’s an important step for them as a coin-op company without a distributor is a little like a boat without water unless they are willing to undertake that particular challenge by themselves.

The release does indicate that there is more going on with Nanotech in relation to coin-op products so now we will wait and see if it’s another video pinball type table or a video arcade game. Hopefully if it is arcade-related, it isn’t another MAME-style system that will do for arcades what they are doing for pinball as in the past I have seen new startups do something like an official MAME machine and then don’t go anywhere beyond that. Don’t get me wrong, something like Arcade Legends is nice and all but we’ve seen it already and it would be nice to see a new company try out something other than a MAME type system for a change. At least Nanotech has started with a video pinball system which looks to be different enough and their business model of designing the technology and games and licensing them for a different company to manufacture is interesting as well so we’ll keep on waiting to see what’s next from them, with high hopes.

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Nanotech has a distributor, so what's next?

June 30, 2008

We’ve had a few posts recently on a new company that is joining the coin-op scene and once again they have another press release to share with the world. After revealing the licensing of Gottlieb pinball tables for their new MultiPin system, Nanotech is announcing that they have partnered up with Too Fun Inc., a distributor based in Dallas Texas that will carry their products

worldwide. So in case you were excited about seeing their new MultiPin with it’s recreated Gottlieb tables then you soon may find one. According to the release the product is ready to go now so I assume that within a few months we should have a good idea of how well this system will do and if it will leave UltraPin in the dust or not. At the very least it’s an important step for them as a coin-op company without a distributor is a little like a boat without water unless they are willing to undertake that particular challenge by themselves.

The release does indicate that there is more going on with Nanotech in relation to coin-op products so now we will wait and see if it’s another video pinball type table or a video arcade game. Hopefully if it is arcade-related, it isn’t another MAME-style system that will do for arcades what they are doing for pinball as in the past I have seen new startups do something like an official MAME machine and then don’t go anywhere beyond that. Don’t get me wrong, something like Arcade Legends is nice and all but we’ve seen it already and it would be nice to see a new company try out something other than a MAME type system for a change. At least Nanotech has started with a video pinball system which looks to be different enough and their business model of designing the technology and games and licensing them for a different company to manufacture is interesting as well so we’ll keep on waiting to see what’s next from them, with high hopes.

Hit the post break for the press release

[Nanotech Entertainment] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Gottlieb ‘virtually’ returns to pinball through Nanotech Entertainment

June 27, 2008

Among the old pinball manufacturers one name that enthusiasts will easily recall is that of Gottlieb. Gottlieb got started in 1927 making early pinballs and created many different kinds of tables all the way up to their last release, Barb Wire in 1996. Some may also recall that they made video games for a while as well, the most famous of which is Q*Bert although they did produce a couple of others that I particularly enjoyed (such as Krull and Reactor).

Now classic Gottlieb tables are on their way back in virtual form due to an agreement that newcomer Nanotech Entertainment made with the existing Gottlieb Development LLC (personally I had no idea that they were still around). The pinball tables are being recreated for Nanotech’s Multipin video based pinball machine which states that it uses a special engine to recreate the feel of bumping and nudging a table to move the ball around accurately. According to the company website they have two flavors of the MultiPin machine, with the much more expensive MultiPin Gold table suggesting that it will be the one to support more classic tables (Gottlieb isn’t mentioned specifically but I doubt that they would go to all of this trouble to release these tables on a limited edition unit). Pictured is the standard unit, the Gold one has a different color layout.

Hit the post break for the full press release but what are your thoughts on this? Are these video pinball tables a good thing or a bad thing for pinball in your view? Since I have not had a chance to play one yet I won’t pass judgment on it as would like to see how the motion engine works first.

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Gottlieb 'virtually' returns to pinball through Nanotech Entertainment

June 27, 2008

Among the old pinball manufacturers one name that enthusiasts will easily recall is that of Gottlieb. Gottlieb got started in 1927 making early pinballs and created many different kinds of tables all the way up to their last release, Barb Wire in 1996. Some may also recall that they made video games for a while as well, the most famous of which is Q*Bert although they did produce a couple of others that I particularly enjoyed (such as Krull and Reactor).

Now classic Gottlieb tables are on their way back in virtual form due to an agreement that newcomer Nanotech Entertainment made with the existing Gottlieb Development LLC (personally I had no idea that they were still around). The pinball tables are being recreated for Nanotech’s Multipin video based pinball machine which states that it uses a special engine to recreate the feel of bumping and nudging a table to move the ball around accurately. According to the company website they have two flavors of the MultiPin machine, with the much more expensive MultiPin Gold table suggesting that it will be the one to support more classic tables (Gottlieb isn’t mentioned specifically but I doubt that they would go to all of this trouble to release these tables on a limited edition unit). Pictured is the standard unit, the Gold one has a different color layout.

Hit the post break for the full press release but what are your thoughts on this? Are these video pinball tables a good thing or a bad thing for pinball in your view? Since I have not had a chance to play one yet I won’t pass judgment on it as would like to see how the motion engine works first.

[Discuss on the Forum]

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