Pokemon Pinball Machine – Stern has the wherewithal!
Created in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri, Pokemon began life as a pair of video games for the original Nintendo Game Boy. Fast approaching its 30th year, the Pokémon video game series is now the second best-selling video game franchise of all time.
The original name of the franchise in Japanese was Pocket Monsters, which was abbreviated to Pokemon during development of the original games. The franchise takes place in a shared universe in which humans co-exist with creatures known as Pokémon, a large variety of species endowed with special powers. With its colourful cast of characters, exciting battles, and collecting themed game mechanics, a Pokémon pinball machine would make for an exciting and immersive pinball universe. And the popularity of the franchise would help introduce pinball to a whole new audience.
Rumours of a Pokemon pinball machine
Rumours of a Pokemon pinball machine have abound for many years, and a number of good-looking homebrew machines have appeared along the way. More recently Stern’s name has been mentioned in connection with a possible launch, and following the monster success of Godzilla, a Pokemon follow up would make perfect sense. But will a new Pokmon Pinball machine be a Stern production? A recent feature on Knapp Arcade and the resulting chatter on Pinside certainly seems to point that way, however Kineticist suggests that Pokemon is on Stern Pinball’s radar but is not yet in production. Or is it?
Game Boy Pokémon Pinball 20th Anniversary
2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Game Boy Advance Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, which was a sequel to the original Pokémon Pinball Game Boy. The recent anniversary social media posts have seen fans begging The Pokemon Company for a revival. So, could Stern be looking to bridge that gap?
One of the biggest selling pinball titles of all time
Given the popularity of the franchise, Pokemon has the capacity to be one of the biggest selling pinball titles of all time – and Stern has the wherewithal to make it happen. So, what better time than the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Game Boy Pokemon Pinball?