I've always had a fascination with video game pinball adaptations. Perhaps I'm alone in this fascination, but there's something intriguing about a digital, albeit sometimes unrealistic, enhancement of a very physical game. Sadly, I play very little video game pinball. The last video game pinball I was into was Galactic Pinball, so it's been a while.
Despite my seemingly apathy for modern digital pinball releases, I can't deny that Nintendo handheld platforms have had their share of digital pinball titles. More than their share, even. Revenge of the 'Gator was released in Japan way back in 1989, and since then we've seen:
- Kirby's Pinball Land
- Pinball of the Dead
- Mario Land Pinball
- Pokemon Pinball
- Dream Pinball
- Sonic Pinball Party
- Pac-Man Pinball
- Pinball Tycoon
- The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
- Microsoft Pinball Arcade
- Pinball Fantasies
- Hardcore Pinball
- 3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrill Ride
- Hero Shuugou!! Pinball Party
- Ottifanten Pinball
- Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
- Pinball Advance
- Hollywood Pinball
- Super Robot Pinball
- Metroid Prime Pinball
- Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon
- GO Series: Pinball Attack!
- Crazy Pinball
- Dream Pinball 3D
- Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection
- Powershot Pinball Constructor
I wholly admit that before I constructed that list, in my mind, it was a much smaller list. I now realize It's absurd to imagine pinball games not coming to a Nintendo handheld. The Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection will be out very soon (if not this very second), and now with the Zen Pinball 3D announcement, we already have two pinball games coming in less than a year. Keep them pinball games coming! Apparently we like them, a lot. If we didn't, I'm guessing people would stop making them.
Press release after the break.
Zen Pinball 3D Coming to Nintendo 3DS!
Critically acclaimed pinball series making Nintendo® debut appearance on the Nintendo eShop
LOS ANGELES – September 20, 2011 – Zen Studios, the definitive leader in pinball videogames, today announced that its critically acclaimed pinball series, Zen Pinball, is coming to the Nintendo eShop. Zen Pinball 3D on Nintendo 3DS will feature four of Zen Studios finest originally designed tables including Earth Defense, Shaman, Excalibur and Eldorado, all in stunning 3D.
“Releasing Zen Pinball on a Nintendo platform marks an amazing milestone for Zen Studios. We are really excited for Nintendo fans to experience one of our greatest passions – the timeless game of pinball!” said Mel Kirk, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. “Playing pinball in 3D is killer, it’s like the game has been totally reinvented, and a whole new world opens up right before your eyes.”
Zen Pinball 3D on Nintendo 3DS will feature local hot seat multiplayer, online leader boards and table rankings, multiple view points and rewards for playing and accomplishing table specific missions. In addition, players will compete to achieve the greatest Pro Score ranking, which is the sum of a player’s high score across all tables, and a Team Score which is the sum of a player’s score and friends score.
Earth Defense pits the player against hordes of hostile aliens as they try to take the planet by storm! As the captain of the Earth Defense Special Forces, it is your mission to rally the defenses and protect planet Earth.
Players will experience life as a novice sorcerer who must master the trade of summoning spectacular natural phenomena in Shamen.
Travel back to the middle ages to the Kingdom of Camelot and become a Knight of the Round Table in Excalibur.
Experience the unexplored jungles of Eldorado as you hunt for hidden treasures and uncover the mysteries of ancient civilization.
Players can download Zen Pinball 3D from the Nintendo eShop this fall. To download assets including screenshots and trailers, please visit the Zen Pinball press site at http://www.zenpinball.com/press.html.
Nintendo 3DS is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2011 Nintendo.
About Zen Studios
Zen Studios is a global producer and digital publisher of interactive entertainment software for all leading game platforms including Microsoft Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS™, Nintendo 3DS, Wii™, and Apple iPhone / iPod Touch. The company is headquartered in Budapest, Hungarywith representative offices in California. Zen Studios has worked with some of the largest intellectual properties in the videogame industry, including Capcom’s Street Fighter, Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden and Marvel Entertainment. Zen’s Pinball FX2 franchise on Xbox LIVE® Arcadeis one of the most popular titles on the platform. The studio launched Marvel Pinball in December, 2010. For more information about Zen Studios, please visit www.zenstudios.com.