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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2011, Posted On: 11/7/2011

Pinball Is Enjoying A Comeback, Says Gary Stern; Development Of Jersey Jack's WOZ Nears Homestretch

by Staff Reporter
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ROSEMONT, IL -- The flipper game industry is making a comeback, according to Stern Pinball Inc. president Gary Stern.

Stern said SPI is seeing "recent rapid growth thanks to new R&D projects, marketing and new business ventures." The collector market remains an important sector, complementing sales to operators and enabling Stern to sell about 10,000 units per year, he said.

The remarks came in an interview with Kotaku. Stern's latest title is Transformers. | SEE STORY

SPI became the world's only pinball manufacturer in 1999 but in recent years a few other manufacturers have entered the global market. A few Chinese companies make generic pinball machines, largely for domestic sales and export to markets outside the U.S.

In the U.S., Jersey Jack Pinball is moving forward with plans to release its first flipper game, the Wizard of Oz. | SEE STORY

Jersey Jack is expected to begin production of its Emerald City Limited Edition WOZ pinball in December. Only 1,000 units of the special edition will be produced. Each game will have a numbered plaque on the front of it.

Jersey Jack's design and engineering teams are reportedly close to completing the game's main sections. Artwork for the backglass, by artist Jerry VanderStelt, was released in October. The backglass image will appear on a 26" LCD, which also displays scores, animation, movie clips and attract mode, among other effects.

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