Quoted from J85M:
I don’t think it will happen again, the rumours and reports say that sales bombed after the initial LEs sold and didn’t meet Sterns expectations, thats the obvious reason for the colour premium to boost sales.
Plus Munsters was designed to compete and take sales away from CGC remakes as they have been selling like hot cakes, Munsters was designed from the beginning as a throwback to the old Bally/Williams days. Dwight isn’t at fault at all, he did exactly what he was told to do and did it really well, the jackpot building is a lot of fun!
I actually think BM66 is to blame a little too for the reception and sales of Munsters. I know I was in for an LE originally and I wasn’t alone thinking Munsters was going be a BM66v2.0 and “this will sit next to my BM66LE perfectly, two tv classics crammed with code and FULL video and audio assets cool!!” what was revealed though wasn’t close to BM66 in depth or theme integration.
Munsters doesn’t need to be as deep as BM66 but if every mode in munsters was coded and integrated with the theme like Midnight Madness, Munsters would have been a bonafide classic, still a shooters dream though, those ramps!!!
Disagree with your assumptions on Munsters, because you cannot back up what you’re saying with fact. I can. I spoke directly with John and he said that sales of Munsters was doing extremely well and better than they anticipated. Munsters was not designed to compete with MB at all. In fact, John had been requesting Munsters to be made by Stern for around 20 years, long before CGC even dreamt about producing remakes. Your assumptions about it being a competing product to CGC are totally out there and just rumors started by others that have no fact or basis to them. It was not designed as a Bally/Williams throwback table at all, in fact it was a new design with new exciting ramps and a unique lower playfield that could act as a complete pinball machine in and of itself. Again, you have no facts on your incorrect assumptions, only rumors.
There is not another super toy to the lower PF equal, as it has the ability to do an upper and lower MB at the same time. Your assumption that sales were poor also are not substantiated by a modding company friend of mine that said, their mod sales for Munsters put it in the “blockbuster” selling category, next only to MET. They could not believe how well Munsters has sold, so again your up in the night my friend John (J85M).
And no one is blaming Dwight for code, it is a well coded machine. We only wish for Dwight to include what is already sitting dormant in the existing code and add some more show material. You sold yours, so don’t know why your in the owners thread, throwing out wild assumptions that have no facts behind them?
Whether you like Munsters or not, it is one of the best shooters out there. When it comes to the pinball experience, it is hard to beat. It has been the whipping child undeservedly on this forum for quite sometime. Again, your stated rumors are exactly that, rumors that have no facts or basis to them. Munsters has been and will continue to be a great seller for Stern for the next 3 years they will be making it.
I’ve heard from too many inside sources they are going to build on the good software already in the machine and agree with Mark (MK6PIN), they will surely be adding more code to an already great shooting and looking machine. You will wish you hadn’t sold out, imo.
Unfortunately, rumors continue to keep Munsters down in the ratings, but anyone that tries it, comes away loving the game. BAT66 has not hurt Munsters sales at all, in fact just the opposite: inside sources say that it actually helped sales big time, because so many of us wanted both titles sitting side by side. You might have a point about expectations on people thinking Munster show material would be more inclusive, like they did on BAT66, on that only we agree.