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Wanna buy a pinball machine? Then go to...Costco?! by Darryl B.2010-06-03 17:22:36

Darryl B.
Houston, TX

Bug Smasher
125 Posts
I got this e-mail from a gaming expo mailing group that I'm on. Interesting...

Stern Pinball is conducting a limited market test exclusively in select Costco stores, offering a modified version of the Batman pinball designed for the consumer market. The initial test involves 48 Batman games with fewer features and a less complex playfield than the commercial version of the same game.

Participating Costco stores have three games each. Stern is conducting this test to study products best suited for various segments of its market. These games are shipped from the factory set on free play and have only one fixed coin setting of five credits per one coin.

Stern says it will not sell any more of this test Batman in this configuration in the U.S. If the test is successful, Stern says it will further simplify future game design for tested market segments. Such changes would likely include a redesigned and simplified cabinet and replacement of the current dot matrix score display.

However, it should be noted that Stern will continue to build its full line of traditional commercial coin-op pinball games, as well as special collector models.

Costco Store test locations are the following:
Carlsbad, Calif.
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Simi Valley, Calif.
North Fresno, Calif.
Reno, Nev.
Tigard, Ore.
Issaquah, Wash.
St. George, UT
San Antonio, TX
Houston, TX
Overland Park, Kan.
Deerfield Township, OH
Chantilly, Va.
Alpharetta, Ga.
Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Melville, NY
Melville, NY


Best of luck to Stern, being THE only pinball manufacturer left on the planet, they're going to need it. I just wonder how much they cost though.

Also, Sears had been selling some pinball machines last year as well, dunno if they're still doing that though.

 
re: Wanna buy a pinball machine? Then go to...Costco?! by guitarman2010-06-11 00:52:56

guitarman
Buckingham, VA

Extra-Terrestrial
34 Posts
sorry, don't have any costco's around here in virginia.....been in one in cali though
 
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re: Wanna buy a pinball machine? Then go to...Costco?! by Old Atarian2010-09-24 21:44:27

Old Atarian
New Jersey

Laser Blaster
54 Posts
Now if they would reissue some of their classic pinball machines I might be interested.

Bally had some of the more interesting ones that I spent a lot of time learning to beat. Silverball Mania and Eight Ball Deluxe were my favorites for a long time.

Gottliebs Joker Poker and Haunted House also consumed a lot of my quarters as did Williams Gorgar.
 
re: Wanna buy a pinball machine? Then go to...Costco?! by Darryl B.2010-09-25 00:13:48

Darryl B.
Houston, TX

Bug Smasher
125 Posts
Someone here in town (from the mailing list I'm on) tried it out. Said the ball kept on getting stuck somewhere near the top of the playfield.

Wow, damn shame for Stern trying to keep pinball from dying to have crap like that occur
 



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