Andamiro Adds 2nd Set Of SpongeBob Trading/Redemption Cards

Posted On: 1/11/2019

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GARDENA, CA -- Andamiro has launched a new set of nine colorful cards depicting SpongeBob SquarePants and his comrades from the popular Nickelodeon television cartoon series. The cards further complement Andamiro's SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade, which the company reports is one of the most successful arcade games of all time.

Series No. 2 includes the same characters featured in the first card set, and the cards in both sets have the same ticket values for prize redemption operations. What's new are the character poses and color themes on the front, and the amusing "biographical" summaries on the back.

There are nine cards in each SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade collectible series. In the new set, Gary the Snail retains his top rank as the rare card, which offers the highest ticket value; the card depicts him in a new "sluggish" posture. Rounding out the featured characters, now in fresh poses, are Sandy Cheeks, Squidward Tentacles, Patrick Star, Eugene H. Krabs, Sheldon J. Plankton, Larry the Lobster, Pearl Krabs and (of course) SpongeBob SquarePants himself. Entertaining illustrations of Nickelodeon's characters adorn the front of the cards, while fun facts about these characters – "Life Goals" and "Most Likely To …" are printed on the backs.

Introduced four years ago, SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade is a tokens-and-cards pusher device in which the player rolls tokens down the playfield into moving pineapple targets. The pineapples (which resemble SpongeBob's famous sea-pineapple domicile) drop tokens, cards and bonus tokens onto the playfield. The cards are distributed around the playfield, and the player attempts to knock them off a support tray. A player can trade cards for tickets, or hold them until all nine have been collected – an accomplishment rewarded with a super bonus.

Andamiro reports that millions of SpongeBob cards have been sold to keep games well-stocked. "When releasing a new game, you always hope for the best," said Andamiro USA sales president Drew Maniscalco. "SpongeBob has been a very successful coin-op license, so I thought we had a good shot. We're so pleased it's become such a big hit."

Maniscalco explained that what has made SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade so successful is its rapid-fire action and collectors' appeal. "Gameplay is quick, and players love collecting the cards – especially when they see them dangling over the edge," he said. "These aspects have made the game popular among all age groups."

Operators like it too, because it has been designed to be the most competitively priced pusher/card game of its kind. "Pineapple Arcade has great value for operators," the Andamiro USA sales president added. "It is at entry-level pricing and offers swift ROI. It's a must-have for all new locations."

SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade and its cards are licensed through an agreement with Viacom's Nickelodeon network. The deal has enabled Andamiro to design, produce and market four Nickelodeon titles so far, three themed to SpongeBob.

Andamiro USA will begin shipping the new SpongeBob card series this month. They will be available through authorized distributors, packed in 150-count boxes. Series Nos. 1 and 2 can be mixed in games and for redemption operations. The original series, however, will only be available while supplies last, so operators are encouraged to advise customers to purchase remaining stocks from distributors before they're gone for good.

Andamiro USA Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Andamiro Co. Ltd., a Korean arcade game manufacturer founded in 1992. Andamiro designs and produces ticket redemption amusements, prize merchandisers and sports games. Since 1999, it has published and manufactured the internationally celebrated Pump It Up rhythm and dance videogames.

ENCORE: Coming this month from Andamiro USA is a second set of SpongeBob SquarePants trading cards/redemption media, featuring the iconic metazooan and eight of his cartoon colleagues. Designed for use with Andamiro's SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade, the cards feature appealing illustrations of each character, along with a biographical sketch on the reverse.