Pinball (game)

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Pinball Boxart.png
Developer Nintendo EAD[citation needed]
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) NES, VS. System, Family Computer Disk System, e-Reader, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U), Nintendo Switch (Arcade Archives, Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online)
Release date Famicom/NES:
Japan February 2, 1984
USA October 18, 1985
Europe January 9, 1986
VS. System:
Japan August 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
Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
USA May 26, 2022[6]
Japan May 27, 2022[7]
Europe May 27, 2022[8]
Australia May 27, 2022
Genre Pinball
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Nintendo Entertainment System icon for use in {{media}}. 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 released for the Famicom in 1984 and the NES in 1985. 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. Hudson Soft had planned to release ports of Pinball for home computers in Japan in 1985 but they were cancelled for unknown reasons.[9] The Famicom version was preceded by a Game & Watch version in December 1983.[10] However, this version has no Mario elements.

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, on the Virtual Console for the Wii and Wii U, and on the Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online application for the Nintendo Switch. VS. Pinball was re-released worldwide for the Nintendo Switch as part of Hamster Corporation's Arcade Archives series on August 30, 2019.[11]


Pinball gameplay, with the ball having 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 controls Mario (in his NES Mario Bros. palette) carrying a platform. The objective of this mode is to rescue Lady (previously seen in Donkey Kong and also as her first appearance as a brunette, predating the 1994 Donkey Kong for Game Boy). 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.

VS. Pinball[edit]

Extra ball floating up

VS. Pinball made several changes in graphics, music, and gameplay. One example is that hatching three pink chicks will grant an extra ball.

References in later games[edit]


  • Hirokazu Tanaka - Music Programmer
  • Satoru Iwata - Programmer
  • Satoshi Matsuoka - Programmer
  • Yukio Kaneoka - Composer



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