Quoted from PanzerFreak:
Yeah but the GB pin has nothing to do with the new movie, there's not even a reference to it in the game. Everything about the game involves only the original films.
If TAF was the perfect storm of nostalgia, reaching across multiple generations like you said then I'll say Ghostbusters, the original, does the same thing. It's a perfect pinball theme and as John T. himself said one that every designer dreams to have.
Combine what we have saw so far. A great and unique layout offering a lot of shots, multiple interactive toys, proper license use, incredible hand drawn artwork, custom audio tracks, custom callouts by an actor from the films, and what appears to be a deep progression based ruleset. Yup, I can easily see GB pinball being Stern's Addams Family.
With custom speech/callouts, we got Ernie Hudson saying his own lines as well as a couple of other people's lines
Raul Julia doing custom speech, Anjelica Houston doing custom speech, Christopher Lloyd doing custom speech, and I am sure there's some others I am missing, but their call outs are all over the place.
You're right, GBs is 32 years old - think about it - that's older than prolly, what you think, 30-40% of Pinside?
TAF movie was, what, 1 year old when TAF pin came out?
It was fresh and had the general population interested. GBs is always a fan favorite and a huge source of nostalgia; I just think TAF was much more fresh and relevant still in the mainstream when B/W TAF made its debut.
And yes, pinball is on an upswing right now - TO US pinball lovers- but I do not think it's anywhere near its strength from 1990-1993 when 20k units were selling of a single title.
When the GBs pin hits streets, it's not going to have that push like TAF did with the movie; it's going to have people who love 1984 GBs; it's not going to have a theater-going population walking up to play it. It is going to have people who know what GBs is without a movie to back it.
Honestly, we will just have to agree to disagree; I don't see it being TTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHATTTTTT big of a hit. ACDC or Metallica level - absolutely. TAF, that's just a level that I don't think any pin has come close to. I mean, ACDC had what - 6 versions: Pro, LED Pro, Prem, Luci, BIBLE, LTBR, and did it crack 21k units? If it didn't, what chance does GBs realistically have?
And even if so, what's it going to take - the combined efforts of all 3 tier models to match or beat what AF did? Remember, TAF had 1 major release and then a minute released Special Edition. 20000 regs and 1000 Special Editions.
21000 units between Stern's 3 tiers...? I dunno, that's an awfully high bar. As Stern is known to not release official numbers (to my limited knowledge anyways), it will be hard to tell.
How about this: will GBs still be operating here and there like TAF continues to do to this day?