Next up in new releases is the latest title from Jersey Jack Pinball, The Godfather 50th Anniversary – based upon the highly rated films of the same name. Jersey Jack began teasing this last week but today they gave us this trailer, a game page and all the info one would need to make a decision as to whether or not you want to grab one. The production value on JJP’s reveal trailers continues to be top notch; The music is also done by “Slash and Mark Tremonti of Speak Softly Love.”
The game is presently available (and ready to ship) in two models: Limited Edition and Collector’s Edition. JJP does things slightly differently than Stern does when it comes to models – the LE is pretty much the base model while the CE is just like it sounds – something for true fans of the films and/or pinball collectors. LE is limited to 5,000 units, CE to 1,000 – I imagine if it sells well, then they’ll do a Standard, but for the moment just these two are mentioned. If you want to grab one, you can contact a Jersey Jack authorized distributor, or purchase direct from JJP’s website. LE’s are listed at an MSRP of $12k; CE’s are at $15k, which is the same pricing as their prior release, Toy Story 4.
There was some speculation as to why the underside of the playfield was so packed with wiring and parts, but now we can definitely see why, as the game has mechanisms that provide some great interactivity, at least by what I gathered with the trailer. I also like the idea of the gameplay allowing you to choose a family and build up from there, which isn’t far off from JJP’s Pirates of the Caribbean (not a surprise either, given that this is the same designer). The health meter is also a nice touch. For those interested, here are the game rules:
I’m curious to know what you think about this – and naturally I wonder how it will perform on location. Movie-themed pins can do really well, but as always it depends on the movie, the layout, and the game rules, etc. – and of course at these prices, neither model feels targeted towards locations but to collectors. Along those lines, I’m not sure if I’ll be seeing this at Amusement Expo or not since JJP is not listed as an exhibitor but if I do come across one, I’ll certainly snap a video. Still, I’m sure a few locations out there will grab one as I did hear about Toy Story 4 and Guns ‘N’ Roses popping up here and there.
Those pinball machines are beautiful. I like the gold metalwork on the legs. Thank you for the introduction to these.