JM is the most underrated and best value game in pinball. If it had the Matrix theme it would be worth MM prices.
Super fast, excellent rules and callouts, great mechs. Power down is a super fun Wizard Mode. I really never get sick of playing it.
STTNG is a great game as well, I just prefer JM. Good luck with your decision! Either way, I think you will be happy with either game.
I've had an STTNG and enjoyed it but have never even played a JM, so I had to vote for STTNG. But the theme and license and great execution of them alone give it a huge leg up in that department. The movie 'Johnny Mnemonic' strikes me as being like the movie "The Shadow". The only people who have actually seen it are the ones who own the pinball. The vice versa is not necessarily true though because I owned and enjoyed a Shadow machine and still have never watched that flop-o-roonie movie. If I had a JM I probably wouldn't watch its corresponding box office bomb either.
Owned JM and played plenty of STTNG, and TNG wins by a mile. It's such an awesome, flowy, and thematic game. One of the most packed pins ever made. Very, very fun, without any frustration. Battling the Borg Ship is really cool.
JM has it's moments, but it's also very clunky shooting up the middle, has a very unsatisfying feed out of the pops, and it really doesn't have nearly as much to offer as TNG. JM is not a bad game at all, but I found it to be as frustrating as it was fun when I owned it.
So, I have to make this decision by tomorrow ....the asking prices are pretty much the same....
If you need more than one, I can elaborate more, because there are a LOT of reasons why STTNG is a better game than JM. In fact, I fail at the moment to think of any individual category wherein I would give the nod to JM, and it's *really* rare that I would say that someone else's artwork is better than John Youssi's WMS artwork. In this case, though? Yeah, Greg Freres' STTNG art bests John Youssi's JM art.
The myriad reasons are too numerous to list I think, though. Trust me: STTNG is, by far, the better machine, by at *least* a couple of letter grades.
STTNG I don't miss, good modes and integration, but just too slow for me.
JM I absolutely miss. Hyper speed with great shots, good modes and a worthy wizard mode. Out of WCS or JM, I think I'd stick with WCS. Great all round appeal for noobs and pros alike, great theme. Concept of working towards the World Cup never gets old, either do shooting goals!
This time, looks like it boils down to what will be available by the time “this weekend” when I can get up there for pick. 50/50 chances. Jajaja
WCS is a better choice.
I love JM. It's fast, sound effects and music are incredible. The call outs are so bad they are good. Where it falls apart are the rules. The ONLY way to get a great score is to get the spinner lit and max your playfield multiplier. Playing modes is a waste of time, playing the multiball is a waste. It's a real shame as the wizard mode is outstanding. For points though, only the spinner strategy works and that gets frustrating.
JM is such a blast to play. It's the fastest Williams DMD by a long shot. I love playing it, but the rules are so poorly implemented.
That said, in a home environment, you don't have to go for points and can explore the modes and wizard mode. And it is fun which is why I have owned several and would own it again.
So why WCS? WCS is just a great value game that is a blast to play. It's a super inviting game as well and is a favourite among new players and kids. Just mention that in case it's a consideration. The music and GOAL call out really gets your heart pumping. It's a good looking game and just pure fun.
Honestly both are fun and you really cann't go wrong.
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