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April 12, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Zen Studios' Star Wars Pinball is coming to Nintendo Switch with a slick vertical mode

Zen Studios' Star Wars Pinball
Most pinball video games always make me want to turn my HD RV on it's side!
Zen Studios' Star Wars Pinball for Nintendo Switch Zen Studios is releasing all nineteen of their Star Wars pinball tables for Nintendo's Switch. This collection will be available for download on September 13th and will also offer a physical release on a cartridge. I'm not sure if the physical release coincides with the digital release.

Zen's various tables have been released on other platforms, but I don't believe they've appeared as a single collection and the Switch release is the first physical release.

I always get excited about pinball on game consoles until I remember they are often using the wrong aspect ratio. TVs are wide - pinball tables are long. Too often we find the height of a table crammed into the lesser height of a standard TV.

Fortunately, this game will support vertical orientation when playing on the switch's internal screen. You can tak advantage of that amazing space when holding the console vertically. the game will also make use of the Switch's rumble feature. I'm excited to see this collection as a fan of both Star Wars and pinball.

Here's a breakdown of the Star Wars pinball tables from Polygon.
  • Adaptations of the films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One and Solo.

  • Adaptations of TV's The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

  • Character-specific tables Han Solo, Darth Vader, Calrissian Chronicles, Boba Fett and Droids.

  • Star Wars: Battle of Mimban (the mud planet from Solo) and Star Wars: Ahch-To Island (Luke Skywalker's hideout in The Last Jedi)

  • Star Wars: Masters of the Force (a Jedi-vs.-Sith theme, with all the major stars of both factions) Starfighter Assault (Imperial Fleet vs. Rebel fighters) and Might of the First Order (based on The Force Awakens).

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