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    has been announced After their debut with Attack from Mars and the subsequent Medieval Madness and The Addams Family the next title is to be Star Trek The Next Generation They have produced a promotional video to accompany the release which is expected to be available mid late February 2013 The Star Trek The Next Generation ColorDMD will be available from the usual distributors Back to the News page Like

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    that we were their first group of guests The bar owner was called Yoshimoto Shiyouzi He was a middle aged muscle man My wife with Mr Yoshimoto At first we could not communicate with each other since he could not speak English and we could not speak Japanese Luckily we found an alternative means of communication Google Translate The bar is called Bar Bachelor House because its owner is still a bachelor and this bar is also his house and home Bar Bachelor House Bar Bachelor House A selection of the drinks available I tried to play the three pinballs but unfortunately they had not been kept in good working condition The three pinballs Star Trek and Star Wars pinballs The Phantom of the Opera According to Mr Yoshimoto he had acquired the three pinballs from a bankrupted company some times ago However only a few guests liked playing the machines therefore they were always powered them off and he had not called for any maintenance for a long time As a pinball lover I was sad about this We stayed in the bar for three hours and left at 11pm It was difficult to find a taxi when it

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    made pinballs Up until that time most of the pinballs were made in the USA and the prices were very high In a typical amusement centre it would cost 50 per game for American made pinballs This was simply not affordable for most Japanese at that time As a result Sega Japan started to produce a series of electromechanical pinballs in 1971 The price of Sega pinballs was only 30 per game and so these became very popular in Japanese society Sega s Ali Baba The playfield from Ali Baba John If they were so successful why did Sega Japan totally stop all pinball production in 1979 Bruce Sega s pinballs were different from other US made pinballs in terms of design and technology Sega s pinballs were well designed and very easy for maintenance provided you have fully acquired all the necessary knowledge and skills However Sega Japan did not provide good support in this area Therefore most of their pinballs could not be kept in good working condition As a result most of the amusement centres gradually removed those pinballs because they could not earn significant profits from them I do feel that Sega Japan was good in innovation and technology but was not good in post production service and support I believe this was the root cause of the failure of the pinball business in Japan Sega s Crazy Clock with backbox animation John It sounds quite sad Anyway can you introduce us to your current collection of Sega pinballs in the JGM Bruce My museum has a total of eight fully functional Sega EM pinballs and one backbox Robin Hood In addition there is a spare Carnival and two spare Surfing pinballs which can be used for trade ins if the opportunities arise I am still on the way to collecting the remaining titles but it is not easy since they are dinosaurs Sega pinballs at the JGM More Sega Pinballs The Robin Hood backbox John Which one is the most special Bruce The game called Sapporo is a special one since it is commemorates the Winter Olympics held in Sapporo in 1972 As far as I know Sega Japan only keeps one Sapporo pinball which they use for exhibition purposes Sega s Sapporo Playfield for Sega s Sapporo John I know the parts used in Sega pinballs are unique and no longer available How are you able to maintain your current Sega pinballs in the JGM Bruce Should any of the unique parts in the eight EM pinballs become non functional I can still get them from the three spare machines at the JGM So far they have remained fully functional without any problems the durability of Sega pinballs is greater than you might think The underside of a Sega pinball John What is your purpose in collecting Sega pinballs Bruce As a Japanese native and a pinball lover I am proud of the golden age of Sega pinballs in 1970s However this piece of

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    some classics and just enough rarely seen titles to keep things interesting The Medieval Madness has been outfitted with a ColorDMD and looks great Medieval Madness with ColorDMD The four newest Stern games are all LEs though I would argue that Avatar s and The Rolling Stones LE versions don t add much over the standard Pro versions Transformers LE at least has the two mini playfields and TRON LE has lots of eye candy There are even two 1940s games from the early years of the flipper Rocket and Morocco for when you feel like some post war gaming Pricing is pretty reasonable Games run on 25 cent tokens All the newer games are three tokens per credit older DMD games and solid state classics at two tokens and the E M games are one token All the games I saw gave a price break for multiple credits The two 40s games are cash only and cost a nickel per play just like the old days Tokens are dispensed from a change machine in the back which takes credit cards as well as bills a nice convenience in our increasingly cash free society I was briefly confused by the 2 minimum on the change machine until Dan explained what was going on Generally the games were well maintained and very playable When I was there only Viper Night Drivin was out of order A few games had minor issues Medieval Madness had a flipper that was out of adjustment which made the lock and catapult shots easy but everything else tough but otherwise these games are clean and in great shape Toys that are chronically broken at most locations Stewie Pinball on Family Guy the motor on Corvette were in good working condition I did not play Demolition Man

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    the machines had the manufactured date recorded on the back of the cabinet as 1st November 2012 while the other was much newer Just 10 days old The backs of the two machines The unlit topper Pinball Heaven owner Phil Palmer sets up one of the machines The playfield with the game de powered The software on the two Limited Edition machines was still at a fairly early stage with Emerald City Multiballl being the only feature which worked to any degree A new software version is expected very shortly and will be on show at the EAG Expo show The first game is played It wasn t long before both machines were in constant play with plenty of players waiting for their turn For nearly everyone this was the first time they had seen the machine in the flesh and comments were universally positive about the appearance solidity and qualify of construction and the machine s feel when playing Soon both machines were ready to play The crowd of waiting players and watchers soon grew At its peak there were around 40 people playing waiting to play or just watching Fun playing The Wizard of Oz The machines didn t survive the journey and the launch party without a few minor problems For instance a fuse on one machine s power driver board blew although a replacement of equal rating had no problems for the rest of the day and one of the trough switches had a momentary detection issue but that soon cleared and didn t recur The launch party was free for those who braved the rain sleet and snow and Phil not only got the pub to provide plenty of hot and cold food for the visitors he also paid for all the drinks at the

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    get there was by the JR train After arriving Tsurumai station in just 10 minutes it took me another 7 minutes to walk to the Sport Bowling Centre The Sport Bowling Centre The entrance to the arcade section There were two pinballs The Lord of the Rings and Elvis but the former was under repair The Lord of the Rings and Elvis The condition of Elvis pinball was good and the replay score was low As a result I could get replays again and again Elvis Unfortunately the dot matrix display was only 50 visible so that I could not correctly input my initials for my high score s record It was sad indeed The display on Elvis Apart from bowling and pinballs there were also billiards and video games there It was a surprise that quite so many guests were there since it was not a public holiday in Japan Other arcade games The bowling lanes I went back to the hotel at midday and then departed for the airport The airport at Christmas The end of this trip I had my lunch in the airport before boarding as a full stop to my pinball journey to Japan in

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    pinballs Medieval Madness Attack From Mars As far as I know JGM and Mikado in Takadanobaba in Tokyo are the only two places in Japan with these two machines The third machine was Playboy my personal favourite Playboy I first saw this machine when I was a child and it was very exciting to be able to see it again after thirty years or more It brought back a lot of good memories of my childhood My highest score was 1 692 000 although unfortunately the 1 000 000 points could not be displayed The fourth machine was Count Down It was the love of Mr Yamanaka when he was a young guy Although I m from the same generation as him I had never seen this machine before We played the pinballs like crazy until 6pm when the museum was about to close Time to play On that night I had my dinner alone in the Coco restaurant in Nagoya city Dinner time Then I had an onsen bath in the Apaiser Spa near the Imaike subway station It was an excellent place to relax after a hard day s work Time to relax at the Apaiser Spa Next day I would have to compete in the JGM Christmas pinball tournament It would be tough since Mr Yasuda was a very skillful pinballer Day 2 23rd December 2012 Mr Takeda drove me to the JGM again and we arrived there at 9 30am I appreciated his help very much As usual we practiced pinballs very hard in the morning since the 2012 JGM Christmas mini tournament would start at 3pm The details were as follows The participants were Bruce John Mr Yamanaka and Mr Yasuda A total of 8 pinballs were used The Addams Family Attack from Mars Count Down Medieval Madness Playboy Big Hit EM Centigrade 37 EM and Explorer EM A total of 13 matches were played The winner of each match was awarded one credit Whoever got most credits was the overall winner Mr Yasuda plays the Attack from Mars It was a very tough tournament indeed Very luckily I got a total of 6 credits to win We left JGM at 6pm but the story was not over We proceeded to Club Sega in Fushimi with a Spider Man pinball as the second part of our fun day We had our late dinner with Mr Yamanaka and Yasuda in a restaurant near the JR Nagoya station Although we could only communicate slowly with each other in English it didn t prove to be a barrier The fun day finally ended at 9 30pm Day 3 24th December 2012 I took a bus to JGM alone at 9am and arrived at around 10 15am The bus for the journey to the JGM Apart from pinballs in the morning I also tried the other mechanical games such as bowling and car racing A Namco Pole Position II Different driving games Pitch Bat and bowling games More bowling

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    machines inside Club Sega Pachinko machines inside Club Sega Multi player computer games inside Club Sega There was only one pinball there a Stern Spider Man Stern s Spider Man Anyway that was absolutely fine for me since I didn t have much free time at that night In general the condition of the pinball was acceptable although the right lower flipper was quite weak The Spider Man machine at Club Sega The pinball was set on easy settings which meant that if the ball could pass through the spinners of the right and left loops but didn t reach the central upper saucer when the lock insert was lit it would be still counted as a locked ball If it was set to difficult mode it would not be counted as a locked ball I left the Club Sega around 8 00pm and had my dinner at a nearby restaurant Nakau The dinner set tasted delicious because I was so hungry After the dinner I went to the Fuji capsule and sauna in Sakae for an onsen hot spring bath Fuji Capsule hotel and sauna It was very enjoyable and relaxing to have onsen bath during the cold winter

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