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10-26-2018 07:41 AM
The long-awaited The Beatles pinball was finally unveiled by Stern Pinball and Ka-Pow Pinball in a video on YouTube.

The Beatles: Beatlemania Pinball backglassOfficially called The Beatles: BeatleMania Pinball, the game focuses on the band’s early years and continues the trend begun by the earlier Stern/Ka-Pow collaboration, Batman 66, of re-versioning an earlier playfield design.  In the case of Batman 66 it was George Gomez’s 2008 release Batman: The Dark Knight which was re-visited, but for The Beatles we go back to 1980 and the Stern Electronics model, Seawitch, designed by Mike Kubin.

The playfield for The Beatles: BeatleMania PinballLike Seawitch, The Beatles is a four-flippered single level game featuring three banks of drop targets, but it also adds a number of additional stand-up targets around the playfield and a second spinner to the left of the three pop bumpers.

The centre bank of four drop targetsBut the biggest addition is a spinning disc with a magnet in the centre, as seen in various Stern games since Twister.

The spinning discWhereas Seawitch has a star rollover at the top of the orbit shot, The Beatles adds a second magnet to grab the ball and drop it into the pops.  A flasher insert has also been placed between the three pop bumpers.

The upper part of the playfieldThe top magnetThe right-side spinner on the orbit laneDown at the bottom of the playfield there have been fewer changes.  The number and arrangement of inserts have been redesigned to match the game’s new features, while a one-way gate has been added to the shooter lane to prevent the ball returning to the plunger and to create a fairly simple-looking skill shot.

The bottom half of the playfieldThe insert arrangement at the bottom of the playfieldThe game keeps the original 1x-2x-4x bonus multiplier systemThe right side of the playfieldWhile a full list of the tracks included in the game hasn’t been released, five of them are shown just above the flippers – All My Loving, Drive My Car, I Should Have Known Better, Ticket To Ride and It Won’t Be Long.  Collecting all five songs starts a multiball mode.

Five song with their associated featuresAs with Batman 66 there are three models of The Beatles, and like the first Stern/Ka-Pow collaboration, despite the simplistic playfield design we can expect some top-end collector-level prices when they are announced.

There will be 100 Diamond Edition games, 250 Platinum Editions and a maximum of 1,614 Gold Editions.  That gives a total of 1,964 – the year of The Beatles’ first world tour and the release of the movie and album A Hard Days Night.

The bottom arch plaque for the Diamond Edition gamesWe’ll have more details of Stern Pinball and Ka-Pow Pinball’s new The Beatles: BeatleMania Pinball as soon as they are announced right here at Pinball News.  In the meantime, here’s the promotional video on YouTube.

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