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Marvel Pinball 3D to hit 3DS eShop this week photo
Marvel Pinball 3D to hit 3DS eShop this week
by Conrad Zimmerman

If you have been anticipating the release of more pinball goodness for your Nintendo 3DS, you won't have to wait long at all. Announced less than a month ago in the run up to this year's E3, Zen Studios' Marvel Pinball 3D is slated to hit the Nintendo eShop this week, on June 28. Featuring four tables based on Marvel Comics properties (Blade, Iron Man, Captain America and The Fantastic Four), the pack will set you back $7.99 (€7.00).

These are all solid tables, particularly Captain America and Fantastic Four. I could take or leave the Iron Man one which, no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to hit my stride in. Still, great games and now portable with a 3D effect you can turn off after five minutes when you decide to get serious about playing some pinball. Hooray!

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Avengers Chronicles features the best pinball tables yet photo
Avengers Chronicles features the best pinball tables yet
by Brett Zeidler

There are two things in this world that consistently remain on my top-ten of all-time favorite things ever: Pinball and The Avengers. The fact that those two things are coming together in not only one, but four tables as part of the Avengers Chronicles has me giddy beyond imagination. I've been waiting what feels like forever for these tables to launch.

So, you know I was ready for the pinball portion of my appointment with Zen Studios last week at E3 alongside Destructoid's resident pinball aficionado Conrad Zimmerman. We only had time to check out two of the tables as Zen had been showing us quite a bit of their two newly announced titles, KickBeat and CastleStorm. Those two tables were all it took to sell me on the entire pack.

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8:30 PM on 06.11.2012

Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles has a release date

After being pushed back a tiny bit, the Avengers Chronicles expansion is finally headed to Marvel Pinball and Pinball FX2 on June 19th and 20th, respectively. As always, it'll be 800 Microsoft points ($9.99). In it, you'll f...

Brett Zeidler

1:08 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: Zen Studios announces Marvel Pinball 3D for 3DS

Zen Studios is keeping the pinball coming and will release Marvel Pinball 3D for the 3DS later this summer. Containing four of the tables previously released for the PS3 version of Marvel Pinball (Blade, Iron Man, Captain Ame...

Conrad Zimmerman





3:00 AM on 05.11.2012

Zen Studios putting on Ms. Splosion Man table tournament

I hope you've been practicing the Ms. Splosion Man table on Pinball FX2, because Zen Studios has teamed up with Twisted Pixel to put on another high score tournament. Starting on May 18th, all you have to do to enter is play ...

Brett Zeidler

3:00 PM on 05.04.2012

The first look at Zen Studios Avengers pinball table

The Avengers are storming the box office this weekend but they'll soon be bringing the fight to the pinball arena in the new "Avengers Chronicles" pack of tables for Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2. In the above video, we...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 AM on 05.01.2012

All Marvel Pinball tables on sale for mobile devices

The Avengers is hitting theaters this week and to celebrate, Zen Studios has dropped the price of all their Marvel-themed pinball tables for mobile devices! On iOS, that means the Captain America, Wolverine and Thor tables ar...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: The Pinball Arcade photo
Review: The Pinball Arcade
by Maurice Tan

The ever-maturing downloadable space has allowed for some rather niche genres to find their audience. From The Legend of Grimrock to Lone Survivor, players can find new games for their favorite genres for a price that's hard to argue with.

Enter The Pinball Arcade, the latest pinball simulation game by FarSight Studios, who are probably best known for their Pinball Hall of Fame titles.

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Zen Pinball 2 headed to PS3 and Vita as a free upgrade photo
Zen Pinball 2 headed to PS3 and Vita as a free upgrade
by Jordan Devore

While Zen Studios continues to pump out more pinball tables for its games, the developer will also work on Zen Pinball 2, a free upgrade to Marvel Pinball and Zen Pinball that's coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita this spring.

The new product, which can be thought of more as a platform than anything else, will be releasing alongside Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles and offer access to 26 different tables at launch. If you own one of the aforementioned games, you'll receive an update that will transfer your purchases into Zen Pinball 2.

By doing so, tables will get updated physics, expanded Trophies, and social functionality with support for Facebook. Did I mention that you only have to pay for content once to get it on both PS3 and Vita? And that these versions have shared global leaderboards, friend challenges, and tournaments? Oh, it's on.

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9:30 PM on 04.05.2012

The Pinball Arcade comes to PS3 and Vita on Tuesday

Having already released on a few other platforms like iOS, Android, and Xbox Live Arcade, The Pinball Arcade is now gearing up for its PlayStation 3 and Vita launch next week. It's so nice to regularly see pinball come up in ...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 03.16.2012

More Marvel Pinball coming in Avengers Chronicles

Zen Studios has been rocking out some fantastic pinball tables lately, particularly in their line based on Marvel Comics. And the train keeps a'rolling with the announcement of Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles, a batch of...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:00 PM on 02.02.2012

'Epic Quest' brings XP and loot to Pinball FX 2

"Epic Quest" is next for Zen Studios, and it sounds effing awesome. It's an add-on table coming to Pinball FX 2 (Xbox 360) and Zen Pinball (PlayStation 3, Android, and iOS) this February complete with persistent loot and exp...

Jordan Devore



The joy of pinball photo
The joy of pinball
by Chad Concelmo

You walk into an arcade. Whether you just finished playing miniature golf, swinging a bat in the batting cages, or just decided to make your way to one of the few remaining standalone arcades hidden in some random downtown nook, it doesn't matter. You are in an arcade and you are happy.

As you walk around on the gaudy, gloriously retro carpet, the smell of lukewarm pizza and burnt popcorn fills the air. The light of a claw machine reflects off the side of an unpolished token dispenser. Kids run past you, waving long trails of red tickets in their hands, as you make your way to the very back of the cabinet-filled room.

You have one destination in mind.

A pinball machine.

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1:00 PM on 01.04.2012

North Americans can download Zen Pinball 3D next week

For once, it's been those of us in North America who have been waiting impatiently for a game enjoyed by other regions. Zen Pinball 3D will appear on the 3DS eShop next Thursday, January 12 for $6.99. This game includes four ...

Jordan Devore



Preview: Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue photo
Preview: Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue
by Wesley Ruscher

Pinball has to be one of the hardest hobbies to talk about. On the surface, it's about hitting a metal ball around a slanted table, with some flippers, in the hopes of keeping it from failing down a hole. In reality though, videogames' grandfather hides behind its simplistic exterior an often more robust and deep gaming experience.

To their credit, few (if any) have captured the essence of this once popular pastime in the videogame landscape better than Zen Studios. They've made some truly amazing tables that go far beyond the world of pinball and seamlessly merge it with the digital age. Thankfully, they finally announced the last character for their upcoming Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue DLC pack, so I can finally share my thoughts on the four new tables that are coming very soon.

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5:30 PM on 12.02.2011

Zen Pinball comes to iOS and Android with a free table

Oh, right -- Nick Chester doesn't work here any longer. Since Dale's been pressured into taking on Rock Band DLC news, I suppose I can tackle the odd Zen Pinball story. Speaking of which, Zen Pinball is now up on the App Stor...

Jordan Devore