Pinball (game)

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Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms NES, VS. System, Family Computer Disk System, e-Reader, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U), Nintendo Switch (Arcade Archives)
Release date Famicom/NES:
Japan February 2, 1984
USA October 18, 1985
Europe January 9, 1986
VS. System:
Japan 1984
USA October 1984
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
Nintendo Switch (Arcade Archives):
Japan August 30, 2019
USA August 30, 2019
Europe August 30, 2019
Australia August 30, 2019
Genre Pinball
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
NES icon for use in templates. Game Pak
Floppy disk
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Wii U:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Nintendo Switch:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Nintendo Switch:

Pinball is a game for the NES released in 1984. It is based on the arcade machine of the same name. A competitive multiplayer version of this game was released on the VS. System under the name VS. Pinball.

The NES version of Pinball was re-released on the Family Computer Disk System, for the Game Boy Advance's e-Reader as part of Series One, and on the Virtual Console for the Wii and Wii U. VS. Pinball was re-released worldwide for the Nintendo Switch as part of Hamster Corporation's Arcade Archives series on August 30, 2019.[6]


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 at the bottom level, the player will enter a mini-game featuring Mario and Lady.

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

Mario mini-game[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 Lady (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.

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