My MMr arrives this afternoon - so presumably, I represent a "market" for these remakes.
Here was my thinking: I'm new to the idea of pinball ownership and buying a used machine actually intimates me. I don't know how to fix them, I have never owned one, I worry about parts/service/cost to operate. A new machine makes the most sense for a first-time owner (in my case at least)
So - my solution is a NIB. Which, led me to Stern immediately. Except, I have played a number of Stern machines, and while I "like" them, I haven't fallen in love with any of them. (at least not enough to own one). They haven't proven themselves over time. Plus, I don't know about the electronics set-up (I saw a YouTube video that had me questioning them)
Then, I looked at Dialed-in and some of the new pins by other companies. Very interesting with great reviews, but also not time-proven.
So I looked at "best pinballs of all time". No surprise, there is MM and AFM right up at the top. (and MB coming in tops as well). I downloaded and played the digital versions - they were available "New" - and ... here I am - an MMr owner.
So I think the strategy of targeting low-cost/no-cost licensced products with high reviews is probably the way to go. Or was in my case, at least.
It makes complete sense to choose top-rated games that are beloved over time and will appeal to newer audiences as well as old-timers. I know both AFM and MB appeal to me.