Here is the problem... if a pinball manufacturer listened to what people on pinside said they would all go out of business. Pinside is a VERY SMALL group of overall buyers. People buy pinball games the same as they would a pool table and yet they're not a pool player. Why? Because it seems like a cool thing to add to your basement. I have a friend who's a former baseball player, he went to a store that sells high end stuff. He then just bought a pinball game strictly based on theme and artwork. This is why so many people bought Wizard of Oz. That same guy told me no one has turned on that pinball game in over a year. Its eye candy however for the basement.
Either way you can also sell pinballs to people who collect thing like Hot Wheels. Stern let the Beatles store sell the Beatles Pinball game. Why? Because they are looking for buyers in the Beatles collector world. Do you think every ACDC game was sold to someone on pinside? Are you nuts? ACDC fans bought most of those games to fill out their probably already absurd ACDC collection. The same guy who buys a rare Album cover signed by the entire band for $5000 will probably be someone to target for an ACDC game.
When Stern markets a new game like Ghostbusters probably their #1 selling game of all time... don't you think they targeted people who worship Ghostbusters? Hot Wheels has 41 million people collecting Hot Wheels.
Hot Wheels is the #1 most collected toy in HISTORY! The guy who spends $175,000 for one hot wheel is 110% buying this pinball game. Don't believe me... watch this video:
The guy created a Hot Wheel themed collection room. He does happen to have ONE PINBALL ... you guessed it HOT WHEELS!
I think the biggest issue is people on pinside do NOT understand companies make games that appeal to a base much larger than pinside. If pinside opinion mattered there would already be a Judas Priest pinball. Judas Priest would appeal to pinside as a niche pin for about 500 units or less.
Metallica probably sold well north of 5,000 units... that theme went way beyond pinball fans.
It doesn't matter if ANYONE on Pinside likes the theme, American Pinball is a company to make money. If they can find a market within the Hot Wheel collector market, some on pinside, and some who think a Hot Wheel pinball game would be a great TOY family themed game for their basement. BOOM 1500 to 2000 units are SOLD!
Hot Wheels Pinball will sell itself you'll see!
Everyone has an opinion about everything. Don't like it don't buy it. It won't change the fact there is a HUGE market for this game. NO PINBALL supplier should pick a theme to appease Kaneda or Pinside. You pick a theme that you believe can sell the most units. Clearly Oktoberfest was not the theme but Hot Wheels is! Try telling 41 million collectors Hot Wheels is a bad theme and see the reaction you get.
Home Run Theme and this game will outsell Rick and Morty by 2 to 3 times.