Pinball (game)

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Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Arcade, NES, e-Reader, Virtual Console
Release date NES/Famicom:
Japan February 2, 1984
USA October 18, 1985
Europe January 9, 1986
Famicom Disk System:
Japan May 31, 1989[1]
USA September 16, 2002[2]
Wii Virtual Console:
USA November 19, 2006
Japan December 2, 2006
Europe December 15, 2006
Australia December 15, 2006
Wii U Virtual Console:
Japan October 23, 2013[3]
USA October 24, 2013[4]
Europe October 24, 2013[5]
Australia October 24, 2013
Genre Pinball
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Media 3-megabit cartridge
Wii U:

Pinball is a 1984 arcade game created by Nintendo that was later ported to Nintendo Entertainment System.


Pinball gameplay, the ball has just been shot.

Pinball is a game where the player controls the paddles of a virtual pinball machine. The game has two screens to represent the traditional pinball table and one for a bonus mode. Play begins when the player launches a ball with the plunger from first screen—the bottom of the pinball table—through the top of the screen to the second screen. Play will move to the first screen if the ball falls through the bottom of the top screen and will return to the top screen if the ball is hit back through the space at the top of the first screen.

If the ball falls through the hole to the right bottom at the top level, Mario will find the secret Breakout-themed level with Pauline.

The player controls the paddles on either screen to deflect the ball to keep it from falling off the bottom of the lower screen.

Breakout mode[edit]

In this Breakout-like mode, the player will control Mario (in his NES Mario Bros. palette) carrying a platform. The objective of this mode is to rescue Pauline (previously seen in Donkey Kong). The player achieves this by bouncing the ball off Mario's platform and hitting various targets, the destruction of which also earns them points. When the blocks under her are all gone, she will drop. Catching her on Mario's platform earns the player bonus points, but allowing her to hit the ground causes the player to lose.


Hirokazu Tanaka is credited for creating original music for Pinball.



  1. ^ Date info of Pinball (FDS) from TMK, retrieved 11/25/2012
  2. ^ Date info of Pinball (e-Reader) from TMK, retrieved 11/25/2012
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