New Stern Wrestling title

Stern is at CES this week and they have announced their newest title. The title is WWE – Wrestlemania. The video above shows gameplay on a very early pro version of the code which doesn’t even include sounds. The machine operates on the new Spike hardware system which is Linux based. There will be a Hulk Hogan LE which is limited to 400 machines.

The video shows that the ball is delivered to an upper playfield wrestling ring. It looks like the player controls the right and left lower ropes of the wrestling ring, which are like sling mechs, with the flippers.

More to come.

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Steve Ritchie at the Dutch Pinball Open

Steve Ritchie live for an hour from the Dutch Pinball open.  Steve is famous for his great machines and for being a character.  This lecture gives some insight into the current state of Stern Pinball and some teases about what to expect in the future.  Steve opens the floor to questions and reveals his least favorite of his games, a good story about Steve Kordek and his favorite pins made by other designers.

Walking Dead LE Video

Dadofducks on youtube has posted a short video of his Walking Dead LE machine here.  The included video is a longer video with game play.  Having played the pro version during the Flippers release tournament, it is good to see the color in the inserts on the LE version.  The pro version seems to have mostly clear inserts with very bright white leds under them which gives the playfield a washed out look.  It looks like there is a diverter above the stand ups on the left of the playfield.   This diverter can divert the feed of a right ramp shot to load the cross bow.  The cross bow then swings out from its position against the apron and has a shooting while aiming side to side effect like a Steve Ritchie cannon.

A Pinball Short Film

About six weeks ago, I got an e-mail from a guy named Scott Roberts who I thought wanted to play in the league. He responded and said that he is a student at VCU who was assigned to do a ten minute film on a subculture. He had seen an article in Wired magazine about increased interest in pinball. A google search lead him to this blog and then to me. Taylor hosted a pinball night at his house during which Scott interviewed members of our league. I also told Scott that he should get in touch with Kevin Stone who hosts Pinholics in Northern Virginia. The result of Scott’s hard work is this excellent short film.

The Walking Dead Tutorial

With the Flippers tournament coming up and no Walking Dead machine nearby to pump quarters into, this tutorial may be the best thing we have to figure out what the heck is going on.

Taylor and I had a chance to play it at the York show.  The shots are pretty  familiar and I remember a couple of tight shots on the right on the sides of the ramps.  It seems like it takes a long time for the ball to get all the way around the ramps and back to the Flippers.  It will feel pretty familiar to anyone who is familiar with modern Stern machines.