It seems that almost every pinball release is “the worst kept secret” up until the final reveal, with the latest talk of Stern’s next game as being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now the rumors are confirmed that Stern Pinball’s next product outing is indeed TMNT, starring the Turtles as they were known to most of us growing up via the ’80s/’90s cartoon series. Granted, this would be the second time that the reptilian ninjas have appeared in pinball, the first time coming at the height of their popularity back in 1991.
Here’s a quick tease from the trailer, showing the Pro & Premium Editions of the game. The song here sounds re-done – or it’s just weird to hear it in HD clarity when I grew up hearing it in Lo-Fi:
When you start the game, you pick to play as a particular turtle: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo. Each has different features and “powers,” infusing the game with replayability and variety. Per Gary Stern who wrote a separate email about the game: “I usually pick Donatello. You will have to play TMNT to see why.”
All three models feature the spinning pizza disc with magnet, which can capture three balls; It also looks to feature some great multiball action. Per the Features Matrix PDF, that action can reach up to 8 balls, which always proves to be chaotic fun. It’s also a nice touch for it to be called “Ninja Pizza Ball.”
For the Premium/LE models: “… feature an interactive custom sculpted Turtles Van, equipped to lock up to 4 balls inside with a mechanical opening/closing side door, ready to unleash multiball havoc upon players. These models also feature the iconic TMNT Glider, a custom-sculpted, player-controlled diverter assembly stationed above both ramps, giving players the ability to control and transport the ball to the flipper of