Posted tagged ‘Sports’

A look at NBA Pinball

April 30, 2009


I’ve been sitting on this for a few days in an attempt to find out more but as Stern’s latest pinball game approaches it’s manufacturing period, it looks as though what I had heard to be correct. This is not the first NBA-based pinball game to ever come to the market and in looking at the design of this latest game, all I can say is that it’s very disappointing. The reason? If you take a look at the new NBA Pinball and compare it to the old Sega pinball Space Jam – well, you’ll see what I mean. The games are very similar, with a few minor changes, such as a centrifuge style device in the center on the new one. Now call me crazy but is there any reason to be excited about new pinball games being simple re-hashes of old ones?   Of course if this is what people really want then I suppose I can’t blame Stern for not trying to do something interesting anymore. It is true that many people who see this now have probably not seen the old Space Jam game but I still find it rather lame that this is the path taken for a pinball game in 2009.

To see what I am talking about, compare the two images below. Click to enlarge.

stern_nba_pinball_field sjampin

That all being said, if the minor changes make it more fun than Space Jam then I suppose that could be a good thing. I also have seen one distributor carrying this game for a lower price than other new Stern games.

If you would like to see more, The Pinball Blog and have more from a location test of the new game.

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Golden Tee LIVE 2009 ships Monday Oct. 13th

October 11, 2008

Incredible Technologies has announced that they will begin shipping the latest installment of the Golden Tee series this coming Monday, which is great news for fans of GT who have been waiting patiently for this game. Operators will also be happy to know that location test earnings have been “phenomenal” for the game and I know from AMOA that it also carries a low price tag to boot. We’ll have to keep an eye out for the youtube page where user videos will show up on, that’s one aspect of the game I’m interested in seeing function.

While this Monday marks the release of the game in the US and Canada, it will be shipping elsewhere around the world, including Europe, Australia, and South Africa within the next 4-6 weeks.

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Visual Sports lays the smack down on Wii Sports

July 3, 2008

I know a lot of people get the Nintendo Wii simply because of it’s pack-in game and maybe a few other titles. That can be good and bad for Nintendo as it gets the foot in the door but so far attach rates on the system are fairly dismal as a lot of people just focus on Wii Sports or Wii Play. I don’t personally and I have several other games and Wii Sports is fun and has also proven that simple and innovative is an excellent way to get into the market (and dominate it in terms of monthly sales). But there is a step up above what you can do with Wii Sports in the arcade thanks to technology from a company called Visual Sports. Now they can actually get you setup with one of their systems at home but where the price isn’t listed on the page, expect sticker shock. But for a larger experience, they do offer these systems for entertainment venues such as arcades, FECs, fitness centers, sports clubs and shops, sporting events and more.

There are two coin-op systems currently available from Visual Sports – RealSports MAX and RealSoccer Junior. RealSports MAX is an upgrade from a previous RealSports system labelled classic where the player can choose from 6 different sports games and face off against virtual opponents. The games include Golf, Soccer, Hockey, Baseball, Football, and Basketball and it also allows for future software upgrades. This one is certainly an attraction game in part because of it’s size but also because of the interactivity it offers – no handheld remotes to play with and pretend that you’re throwing a ball or swinging a club – you actually can throw a ball and the tracking system will translate it onto the screen. You might recall our story some time ago on Sega’s Go Go Golf which is very similar although Visual Sports has been around for a while and has been pioneering the technology for sometime now.

RealSports Junior looks like Kick It! Junior but with an HD screen and much improved graphics. I imagine that the motion detection has been improved over Kick It as well. The cabinet looks nice and although it’s pretty large it’s another piece that will attract a lot of attention.

The nice thing about both systems is that they don’t require an attendant and they can be modified to run redemption. I don’t know the pricing structure on these yet so I’ll try not to speculate further on that but every time a system like this is put in at a location it becomes an instant earning tool. There is a video of the system in action but when I play it, it locks up quickly.

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