The Wizard of Oz Pinball Surprises E3 2012
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I have been attending the E3 Conference since 1997. Over the years, I have seen the dawn of online gameplay, the introduction of DVD's and Blu-rays as the primary storage, and several new consoles and handhelds. I have, however, never seen a brand new pinball game. That is until today. Jersey Jack Pinball was in the West Hall, right beside Nintendo's Booth, with the first public showing of a prototype of The Wizard of Oz pinball machine.
For those of you not familiar, The Wizard of Oz pinball machine is coming from a new company with a new insight into creating a pinball machine. They are changing the process from the ground up and trying to make a device that can have easy repairs, offer unique gameplay, and bring new and old fans to pinball.
Just looking at The Wizard of Oz, from Jersey Jack Pinball, and you can instantly see the care put into the device. Starting with the 26" LCD screen. Yes, I did say 26" LCD screen! This will replace the old, tiny, single color screens found on classic pinball tables.
CEO of Jersey Jack Pinball, Mr. Jack Guarnieri said that this machine is for a new generation of player. Older guys are concerned about having to pay attention to a huge 26" LCD and keep their eyes on the board. For the younger generation, they can text and drive all at the same time. They are naturally trained to be able to utilize a device like this with all sorts of things going on at once.
Since this table was still under development, the screen was looping a promotional video with Jersey Jack Pinball's logo primarily. The Wizard of Oz videos are currently missing, the sound effects are absent, and the voices and music are also MIA. But with 19 months already in development, the table is shaping up to be a lot of fun. I ran through several coins worth of play and though the score was missing, I had to be pulled away to stop playing.
Below are some official videos, from Jersey Jack Pinball, showing the table in action. Also included are some photos taking during our trip over to the West Hall at E3 2012. Jack assured us that they would not release this machine until it was done. He is, however, hopeful that "done" is something that is about to occur. Once that is out the door, the next pinball machine will begin work late in 2012 and be ready for market by the end of 2013.
I hope this brings a revival to the market of pinball and we can continue seeing these addictive and important devices at future E3 conferences.