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Zen Studios (Pinball FX3) picks up Williams and Bally licenses
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September 04, 2018, 22:00:48
San Francisco, CA – September 04, 2018 – Zen Studios today announced it is bringing tables from the world-renowned Williams and Bally pinball collection to digital game stores. This global agreement grants Zen the digital rights to the full Williams and Bally pinball library, with the initial 2018 releases including Fish Tales, Junk Yard, Medieval Madness® and The Getaway® High Speed® II – all of which are now available in public beta form through Pinball FX3 on Steam. Committed to making pinball an exciting community experience, Zen also invites fans of all ages to its headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, to see this process in action with a studio tour.

Oh man. Oh man oh man. Farsight losing the license earlier this year was one of the biggest gaming disappointments to me in a long time, so this just makes my day. And yes, it's coming to the Switch, which means we'll finally be able to play Attack From Mars on Nintendo's new system! WOOOOO!

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Posted: 09/04/18, 22:00:48  - Edited by 
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You should also pick up the Walking Dead table. It's really good and it's about to possibly be takenaway because of Telltale.

Posted by 
 on: 10/11/18, 01:06:11
Attack from Mars incoming! Squee-snort!

Posted by 
 on: 11/10/18, 10:39:45

Oh my gosh. OH MY GOOOSH!! I am so excited for this! Finally, after that roller-coaster of emotions that was Pinball Arcade dropping from the eShop after a day, Attack from Mars will be playable on Switch!! And just in time for Thanksgiving break too (assuming Nov 15 is the release date), which is perfect for me and my family.

Posted by 
 on: 11/10/18, 15:21:02

Attack From Mars, The Party Zone and Black Rose will comprise Volume 2, coming December 4th!

So, it's a tad later than I hoped since I really wanted to have AFM on Thanksgiving break, but still good news. Someone pointed out that they altered the art of the girls in two of the tables as well, covering up the leggy ladies on both AFM and BR, which is a little disappointing since they're going for accurate digital versions of these games. But whatever, I'm still buying this the second it comes out.

Posted by 
 on: 11/15/18, 18:23:05  - Edited by 
 on: 11/15/18, 18:23:40
Something tells me Yoku's Island Express has ruined all pinball games for me forever, ala Breath of the Wild ruining that style of game or Just Cause its genre!

Glad they are launching before Smash Brothers, though. I can't imagine competing with that game. Even just a few days before is cutting it close!

Posted by 
 on: 11/15/18, 19:07:35
I'm really impressed with how quickly they followed up the first pack of tables. This is a nice selection. It was smart adding a couple of good tables along with the great Attack from Mars as the headliner.

Hopefully that FlipGrip thing still launches next month and that'll really make Switch a perfect place to play these.

Posted by 
 on: 11/16/18, 00:30:54

New tables in just a couple weeks. Theatre of Magic! <3

Posted by 
 on: 03/07/19, 01:24:29

Another table pack on the 28th, plus they are introducing improved flipper physics.

Posted by 
 on: 05/16/19, 00:18:52

This is the best table pack yet, and the recently updated physics are damn impressive (they'll be applying them to all of the old machines soon).

I will keep bumping this thread even if it's just me talking to myself. Zen is kicking ass with these recreations and I wish more people gave them money.

Posted by 
 on: 12/03/19, 11:58:49
I hear good things about all three of these tables, and I can personally vouch for Tales of the Arabian Nights--probably my second-favorite pinball game of all!

Posted by 
 on: 12/03/19, 15:27:12
I picked up all of the Williams tables on Black Friday.

Hmm, I wonder how well Pinball FX works on Switch Lite in Tate mode...

Posted by 
 on: 12/03/19, 17:15:40

TOTAN and Cirqus Voltaire are both really, really fun. Don't have as much experience with No Good Gofers, but I'm down. I like how they haven't been keeping us waiting long between these announcement trailers and release.


Hmmm. Lighter weight but a bit more cramped?

Posted by 
 on: 12/04/19, 12:31:15  - Edited by 
 on: 12/04/19, 12:33:46
Control-wise, I mean. Can Pinball FX be played with one Joy Con in Tate Mode?

Posted by 
 on: 12/04/19, 22:00:26

Yup. You use the B and X buttons for the flippers, so it's a bit cramped but works. The fact that the Lite doesn't weigh as much probably makes this more comfortable than using a standard Switch overall, but the best option is still to use the FlipGrip with a standard Switch. My favorite way of playing digital pinball so far outside of VR. Man, if they ever bring these Williams/Bally tables over to the Oculus Quest, I will be so thrilled.

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 on: 12/05/19, 00:20:59  - Edited by 
 on: 12/05/19, 00:23:22
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