This Game is in Another Castle

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We just said goodbye to this great Super Mario Brothers pinball machine. The whole family liked having this one in the house, the kids especially. Check it out!

Gottlieb came out with Super Mario Brothers in 1992, and produced around 4,200 games. (IPDB)

The game, of course, is based on the video game that changed so many childhoods forever. Nintendo came out with Mario Brothers in 1983, and Super Mario Brothers two years later.

This game incorporates much of the video game, with seven worlds our good hero travels through, fighting Bowser and rescuing the princess, with Yoshii frequently beside him.

We gave this game a full shop job, and installed Cointaker LEDs throughout. We added a few special touches as well, including Super Bands, and color-coded post sleeves.

Enjoy the game, Ethan! The kids might come over to visit it!

This Game Rocked!

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We just sent this great Guns N Roses pinball machine on its way. This machine rocks, and we had tons of fun playing it before we had to take it to its new home. Check out how great it looks!

Data East came out with Guns N Roses in 1994 and built around 3,000 machines. (IPDB)

The game pays homage to one of the biggest bands from the decade with the biggest hair ever, of course, featuring their biggest hits, and lots of topical art.

We gave this game some extra nice touches, including the awesome powdercoating

We also gave it a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, washed, polished, or otherwise cleaned. We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

Did you pay attention to the ramps? We flame-polished them to perfection.

Here’s the R-ramp at its best too!

Enjoy the game, Fil! We miss it already!

Wipeout Gets a Makeover

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We just finished a full shop job on this Wipeout pinball machine. This is a fun game with some cute touches. And it looked great when we were finished with it. Check it out!

Gottlieb came out with Wipeout in 1993 and produced around 2,150 of the games. (IPDB)

The game makes the most of its ski-loving theme with slopes, slaloms, even a Saint Bernard.

We gave the game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, polished, washed, or otherwise cleaned. While it was stripped, we pulled the damaged Mylar as well, then touched up a few spots.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

We added Super Bands, color-coded post sleeves, and more.

This game turned out great! Enjoy it, Jerry!

Almost Too Cool for Phoenix

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Let’s be honest. After almost a decade of pinball, it takes quite a bit to get us REALLY excited about anything. But we’re REALLY excited about this. This Friday is the official grand opening of Stardust Pinbar! We got a sneak peek last week. Check it out!

Stardust Pinbar is the brainchild of the folks behind Cobra Arcade, so you know it has to be cool. You get there by going through Ziggy’s Pizza, which they also just opened, and also is totally awesome.

The coolest place in Phoenix is next to the Van Buren, at Van Buren and Fourth avenues downtown. Here’s what you see when you walk inside Ziggy’s.

Then you want to head for these doors, at least if you know what’s what.

Then you walk down this hallway and go through the secret entrance at the end.

Then you’re in Stardust Pinbar, the only dedicated pinball bar in the state, with 15 to 20 machines on the floor at all times.

These are great titles, too, like Tales of the Arabian Nights, The Addams Family, Monster Bash, Cirqus Voltaire, and more. Also, check out the amazing artwork on the walls! We love the whole theme.

The bar is made of hundreds of pinballs and the menu is full of things we’d drink. Are you excited yet?

Check out the other wall too! Dozens of playfields make for a beautiful display.

We can’t hardly wait to go back. Check it out yourselves. You know you want to.

A Special Delivery

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We make deliveries all the time. Usually, they’re not that special. But last week we got to do something that made us proud, happy, and glad to be doing what we do. We delivered a new game to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Check it out!

We took the whole crew down for the donation and delivery! The kids were excited to help.

We got the game all set up in the pre-op playroom. That’s where the kids who are set for surgeries spend their time until their procedures.

Our kids were happy to play test the game once we arrived. This cocktail arcade plays sixty different games–something for everyone!

The whole company, happy to help make sure the hospital’s little patients have the best play area possible.

After we dropped off the game, we headed to the hospital’s Child Life Zone, which serves all the kids who stay at the hospital.

The zone has two machines we service, along with a lot of other fun things to keep kids busy during their hospital stays.

These games get a ton of play!

Everything working again, ready to go home.

Guess they don’t need this sign anymore. Max was happy to hang it on himself when we were finished.

TOTAN is Totally Great!

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We’re happy to see every game go off to its new home, but we were especially happy to send this Tales of the Arabian Nights machine on its way recently. It’s going to be part of the action at the new Stardust Lounge when it opens this year. So consider these pictures a tiny sneak preview of what’s going to be a totally cool pinball hall!

Williams came out with Tales of the Arabian Nights in 1996, and produced around 3,125 games. (IPDB)

The game is based of course on the classic tales from One Thousand and One Nights, highlighting Aladdin, Scheherazade, and the Evil Genie.

We gave this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be washed, polished, tumbled, buffed, or otherwise cleaned. We made sure everything was working 100%.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout.

Check them out with the lights turned down!

We added custom touches throughout the game, including the powdercoating, Super Bands, color-coded post sleeves, and more.

Check out the game at the Stardust Lounge when it opens later this year right next to the Van Buren. It’s from the folks behind Cobra Arcade, so you know it’s going to be cool!

Cirqus Voltaire is Amazing!

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We’re happy to see every game go off to its new home, but we were especially happy to send this Cirqus Voltaire on its way recently. It’s going to be part of the action at the new Stardust Lounge when it opens this year. So consider these pictures a tiny sneak preview of what’s going to be a totally cool pinball hall!

Bally came out with Cirqus Voltaire in 1997, and produced around 2,700 of the games. (IPDB)

The game is known for its crazy carnival theme, of course, complete with the wicked ringmaster, the backbox action, and some other unique features.

We gave this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be washed, polished, tumbled, buffed, or otherwise cleaned. We made sure everything was working 100%.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout and checked the ulta-cool neon tube too.

Get a load of the color-changing LEDs in the center inserts!

We added custom touches throughout the game, including the powdercoating to match the apron, Super Bands, color-coded post sleeves, and more.

Check out the game at the Stardust Lounge when it opens later this year right next to the Van Buren. It’s from the folks behind Cobra Arcade, so you know it’s going to be cool!

Centaur 2 is Ready for You!

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Check out this totally cool pinball machine! Centaur 2 is stylistically one of the most beautiful games out there, and our good friend Chris is selling his. It’s ready to go home with you today!
$3000 obo

Bally came out with Centaur 2 in 1983 and produced around 1,550 of the wickedly cool games. (IPDB)

The game came two years after its original version. This one trimmed the size of the head and changed out the display.

This game is in great shape, and everything works 100%.

The playfield has been professionally touched up and clearcoated.

The machine also has a new Say it Again board and an Alltek mpu installed.

Look at that awesome artwork! Designer Paul Faris also handled Space Invaders, Phantom of the Opera, and some other beautiful games for Bally.

Take this great game home today. Delivery available too. Here’s the link to Chris’s ad again. Seriously, call him. This game won’t last long!

Nightmare Castle in the House!

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Check out what we just got! We’ve been waiting months for our newest machine to arrive!

The call came late last week, that the newest game from Spooky Pinball had arrived at the depot downtown.

We’ve been waiting months for this game to show up, so we were pretty excited to get it in the shop and unboxed.

That’s right, it’s Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle, finally in our shop. The Big Boss took the first game, of course.

This game looks amazing, with tons of great art and a theme that’s perfect for one of Phoenix’s most famous residents and rock stars.

We’ve been proud to support Spooky since the boutique company in Wisconsin came out with its first game in 2014, America’s Most Haunted.

Everyone wanted to get in some games, even our junior tester. Thanks, Spooky! We like your style.

Everything Old is New Again

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Some games are dirty, and some games are D-I-R-T-Y! Check out the before pictures of this 1999 Sega Harley Davidson pinball machine that came into our shop recently. Then check out what it looked like when it left. We’re not calling ourselves Anne Sullivan or anything, but WOW!

This is what the game looked like when it came in. The owner said the glass broke several years ago and he just let the game sit in his barn.

Here’s a closer shot so you can appreciate this grime. The game had some mechanical issues, and the owner was ready to fix everything at last.

Ta-da! We stripped everything off the playfield, to be tumbled, buffed, polished, washed, or otherwise cleaned. We also had to get into every inch of this machine to find all the broken glass and get it out of there.

We added Super Bands, new rings and post sleeves, new drop target stickers, some touchups, and more.

It was hard to believe it was even the same game that had come in.

Enjoy the game, John, we were happy to bring it back to life for you!