What 2 games would you get and why???
Dining room table? You dont really need that.
Couch? You could technically sleep on the floor.
If all else fails, make friends with a realtor so you can find a bigger place.
Star Trek, The Next Generation,
Stern Star Trek, Limited Edition
Perfect theme for my family. ST:TNG is challenging enough that I make it to the wizard mode every 50 games or so. STLE is beautiful and challenging enough I will never complete 7 year voyage. I love the sound, the ambiance, the dots, and these are in my opinion the best pins from the best designer (Steve Ritchie).
Depends on you....what do you want? Family oriented? You like monsters and demons? Shoot 'em up themes? Crazy sounds? Wild art? Deep rules? Water themes? TV show themes? Movie themes? Etc., etc., etc......
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Oh yeah, whatever you get you'll likely rotate them out for something new after a few months anyway.
Once upon a time I had room for two pins in my house. I'm now up to nine.
Consider a DMD game with some depth (mid-90's to present) and a ground-level 70's EM, for variety.
Perhaps choose a newer game, with latest tech, fast shots and deep rules like AIQ, Wonka or JP (premiums), plus an old school B/W style machine, visually stunning like TOTAN or Funhouse, (but anything from Lawler/Youssi would likely make you smile). Probably a $15k "buy-in" investment to sit at this table!
I assume you still have these 2 games. Are you looking to sell/trade for something new?
One JJP and one Stern. I have Wonka and Stranger Things in my two pins collection and love them both for different reasons. Could easily have been JP and Dialed In and I would still be happy. Or Black Knight SOR and WOZ. Stern gives me speedy challenging games and JJP games give me l longer ball times, cool innovation, beautiful lighting and they are fun for my whole family.
An EM and a new game. Push the dresser out of the way and add a solid state, push a little harder and get a DMD game
Suggestions for particular games are gonna be super varied from person to person, but if I had to pick just two for now...ugh...
Surf Champ and Iron Maiden Premium
...get a third, I'll take a clean working Meteor
...get a forth I'll take Tron
If you can only have two. Buy 2 of whatever you can find in nice shape and you enjoy. Then plan to sell and buy again in a year or so. If you are absolutely limited to 2, you will tire of the two games. Buying nice examples ensures you can sell them for close to what you paid when you are ready to sell and buy the next game(s).
When I designed my basement I only had two pins, but drew up plans with space for 4. My wife said why four if you only have two? Fast forward 7 years later and I have had as many as 28 in the house and likely have 20 now. Plus I now own an arcade with another 20. I may be an extreme case, but most people I know can’t stop at 2. They kinda multiply like rabbits.
And to answer your question, if price is an issue and new to hobby, I would recommend a relatively new HUO Stern Pro. For around $5k +/- you can get a relatively new title, deep game, hopefully less wear and tear on a 20 plus year game that has been routed. Jurassic Park is a great example that the pro is solid. Iron Maiden, Avengers, Deadpool, are other good recent examples of pros. The Chicago game remakes have been sturdy at the arcade and are time proven classics, although not as deep as the aforementioned games. JJP games are more expensive and tend to be a little longer playing, but great for home environment too. A lightly used HUO, may save a few bucks and get it quicker, but opening a NIB machine is a great experience.
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