Fujishoji releases pachinko machine in Japan – Ghostabustas!
Big Shiny Robot has posted a short video of a Ghostbusters pachinko machine in action, but it was a little unclear. But, don’t fret, I’ve got Fuji promotional video, which is ten minutes of Japanabusters magic! And oh, there’s more! Check out the game’s launch website here! There’s also a second website that covers the specific features and levels of the game, with Flash video clips – many of them are seen in the bigger video seen here. My favourite is “God Gate Fight” (meaning the battle on the temple rooftop from the first movie!)
For those unfamiliar with Pachinko, it’s a kind of pinball/slot machine hybrid often found in Japan. Where we once had arcades, they still have Pachinko halls packed with nothing but Pachinko machines – players plug in their money and get bunch of small ballbearings, which they then flip up into the game cabinet. The balls then randomly fall through the game as they bounce off a web of pins. Don’t worry, the video will show you a bit of this.
Anyhow, where the balls end up scores the player points, which earns them more balls, which they continue to play with or can cash in for money – if you manage to get more than you invented in initially, you’ve made some money, hence the slot machine part.
Modern machine feature video screens in the middle, which react to special scores and even offer the player special mini-games (similar to the way the last generation of pin-ball machines used to.)
Fuji’s Ghostbusters game (which is fully licensed by Sony) features clips from the film, but mostly features the three original Ghostbusters (Pee-tah, Raymondo, and Egonah, of course) in ridiculously cute form, duking it out in computer generated versions of famous busts from both movies. Terror dogs, Zuul, Gozer, and even the Scolari brothers make an appearance, as does Slimer. There is even a quick glimpse of a female protagonist, which one would assume is Dana, only she looks more like Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn, from the Ghostbusters video game.
Here are some pictures from the official launch of the game which give you a nice sense of the game cabinet’s size – I really wish I could read more Japanese. There are more pictures on the Fuji game website.