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8:04 AM on 04.02.2010

What's this?! A press release from STERN pinball?! [Iron Man]

It seems that STERN Pinball is finally getting into the good habit of promoting their products. Their newest offering, Iron Man, is due out shortly. It' will be released in conjunction with the Iron Man 2 movie. As Bugs Bunny might say, "that's good stragety." From what I've seen so far, it has some flavor from the Spider-Man pinball game, and that's a good thing.

Quick look video:

As you have seen (If you've watched the video), it has a hidden "bash target," the Iron Monger, directly in the middle of the playfield. Toys like this will bring in the novice players, who might choose to hit the Iron Monger repeatedly while they are learning the deeper rules of the game. Hey, it worked with Spider-Man's Sandman targets.

"Open me up... I've got obvious points behind me!"

"Hit me! I dare you!"

From the press release:

Created by the game design team at Stern Pinball, Iron Man™ Pinball is based on the Marvel Studios’ blockbuster film, Iron Man, and the highly anticipated Iron Man 2 movie, opening May 7, 2010. Iron Man™ Pinball is sure to be an especially big hit with fans of the world-renowned Marvel comic book series, animated TV series, and films.

Iron Man™ Pinball features speech, art, and dot matrix display images of all of your favorite characters, including Tony Stark, Iron Man, Whiplash, War Machine, Rhodey, Iron Monger, Pepper Potts, Black Widow, and many more. The pinball machine also contains songs from the Iron Man movie score.

Pinball players will fight against Whiplash and his ball-catching mechanism, which whips the ball around the playfield. Adding to the challenge is the mechanical War Machine, firing the pinball back to the flippers, and Iron Monger, rising from underneath the playfield to do battle. Iron Man™ Pinball also features two elevated ramps and lots of multi-ball action!

Gary Stern says, “We’ve had tremendous success with all of our comic book Super Hero movie themed games, and I expect Iron Man™ to be our best.”

Players are currently working through some of the rule set for the game. Also, The International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) has announced that the game will be available for play at the IFPA 7 World Pinball Championships in Cokato, Minnesota (May 21-23, 2010), although it will not be part of tournament play. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I hope STERN Pinball can back up their release of Big Buck Hunter Pro with another high quality pinball game.   read

3:59 PM on 02.02.2010

Play a real game! Play Pinball!

EDIT: Due to the huge, ginormous snowstorm that swept across the northeast, the Cupids and Canines Charity event has been postponed. It will be rescheduled.

RE-EDIT:Cupids and Canines has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 27, 2010.

STERN's Big Buck Hunter Pro Pinball is In the Wild!

STERN's newest pinball game, Big Buck Hunter Pro, has been released to market. For those of you in the New York metropolitan area who want to try out the game, it will be on route at Amsterdam Billiards in Manhattan. Big Buck Hunter Pro, along with Twilight Zone by Bally, will be the games used for 2010, Season #1 of the New York City Pinball League. Commissioner "Max Pinball" is now accepting players to sign-up for this season. League rules, format and more information can be found at Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Pinball + Gaming + Pooches = Charity!

On Saturday, February 6, 2010, the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) will host is annual Cupids and Canines Casino and Pinball Night charity event to benefit The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and Bow Wow Buddies. The event will be held at the at the PAPA World Headquarters near Pittsburgh, PA. The facility is home to over 400 pinball games from every era. Along with the opportunity to sample all of these great machines, you can participate in the pinball tournament organized by world champion Bowen Kerins, and play blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker all for charity. The event starts at 7PM, but pinball tournament participants can get in as early as 11:00 AM.

Last year, more than $10,000 was raised for charity. Here are videos from the 2009 event.

Part One: Before the event

Part Two: Let the games begin!


I'd like to give respect to Geraldo Beedog and Señor Perrito del Burrito for inspiring me to produce this tiny nugget of sweet journalism :`-)

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