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Pinball Wizard, NH - Games (Pictures & Video)


By Quint

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Thank you, everyone who talked my friends and I into going to Pinball Wizard over Funspot.
PW is a very clean, well kept facility and every pinhead within a days drive should check it out.
In terms of maintenance/upkeep, the machines all rank from a 7-10.

The video game section was also in fantastic shape and just like the pins, was a great mix of old, new and a few obscure.

Can't wait to go back there

Here's a bunch of pics I took. I'm sorry if most are a bit fuzzy. I was trying not to disturb people and took them quick.

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#7 3 years ago

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Been a long time since I've seen one of these. The backglass is about as subtle as an AC/DC song
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Head to Head Football!
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#8 3 years ago

Thanks for the pics - great place - I've been there once and hoping to make it up there again in October. Still have an amazing selection so looking forward to it.

#9 3 years ago

I went there a few years ago and had a blast! Thanks for posting all these pics!

#10 3 years ago

I was there Sunday!

#11 3 years ago

Wow - what don't they have?!? Great lineup

#12 3 years ago

My buddy just uploaded the video he took that day to You Tube. Some nice looks at the machines there but mostly a stays at TOM & CV while we screw around

#13 3 years ago

I was in the area for work last week and had some free time one afternoon. I opened up pin map and was surprised to see a place with so many pins near by me. I went and I'm very glad I did. It is a great place. The pins are well maintained; I only had minor issues on 2 of them. I wish there as a place like this near Dallas!

#14 3 years ago

I went there in may. It's funny how much a difference a little time will make. In May I played a few pins before I left but was mostly interested in the vids. Now I wished I had played so many of those pins.

#15 3 years ago
Quoted from Quint:

going to Pinball Wizard over Funspot

Haha, that's apples to oranges. Funspot pins are awful and no one should go just to play the pins there. Pinball Wizard is NH's premier pin palace (Lanes & Games for MA)

#16 3 years ago
Quoted from Max_Badazz:

Haha, that's apples to oranges. Funspot pins are awful and no one should go just to play the pins there. Pinball Wizard is NH's premier pin palace (Lanes & Games for MA)

+1

I live in Pelham 70% of the time about 3 miles from PWA, and stay in Laconia about 3 miles from Funspot the rest of the time.
Apples to Oranges is being generous, more like Apples to rotten tomatoes... PWA machines are always in premo shape or they get pulled and fixed/shopped fairly quick. Funspot on the other hand, either broken, severely beat or beat but color bombed with LED's in the most ugly fashion. Funspot currently has less that 2 dozen machines, only about 4 on the 2nd floor are worth playing (TAF, Monopoly, Jokerz, Cyclone) but most everything on the 3rd floor is meh. Only good thing on the third floor is they have a few older more rare pins (1 Zachariaa and an Atari). The Xenon is WAY over done on LED's with a BARE playfield that looks like someone took a belt sander to it, BK2K the drop target bank is dead, I could keep going......

PWA is the place for Pins, and does a good job on Vids.
Funspot has more vids (some really rare ones too) and does beat PWA if your into redemption games and mini golf....

#17 3 years ago
Quoted from Max_Badazz:

Haha, that's apples to oranges. Funspot pins are awful and no one should go just to play the pins there. Pinball Wizard is NH's premier pin palace (Lanes & Games for MA)

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/conditions-at-funspot-nh

We had gone to Funspot for a few summers in a row.
However it was last year, with so many broken vids and pins on the floor and my newly rekindled love for pinball that motivated me to steer my group to PW. The rub was, I (at the time), was the only pin-fan in the group and knew it was going to be a small challenge to get my more vid oriented friends to go to PW.

The consensus was, unless we hear things at Funspot/ACAM have improved. We're just going to go to PW for our "summer day at the arcade" and hopefully head back there for a few shorter trips throughout the year.

#18 3 years ago

I don't want to run down Funspot. I love to see any arcade that is still up and running for the public. They also have a lot more games total than PW to maintain. But if you want pins, yeah Pinball Wizard is the way to go.

#19 3 years ago
Quoted from dmbjunky:

I don't want to run down Funspot. I love to see any arcade that is still up and running for the public. They also have a lot more games total than PW to maintain. But if you want pins, yeah Pinball Wizard is the way to go.

I agree on all counts.
Like I said in the other thread I get the feeling they are understaffed and underfunded at ACAM/Funspot.
I hope they have a plan in place to start improving the overall condition of the museum and possibly start recruiting more restoration volunteers.
Until then Pinball Wizard will be the place for my crew.
It stinks, because we really like Funspot and want it to thrive.

#20 3 years ago

dupe :/

#21 3 years ago

I agree Quint. I'd offer to clean/service Funspots pins when I have free time, but they require self paid liability insurance if you do. It's a hobby, not a job

I do end up there at FS more than PWA only because during the summer I quest to save my tickets for big prizes. MUAHAHAHA

#22 3 years ago

I never lived close enough to an arcade to save up tickets. You just blew my mind.

#23 3 years ago

Man I need to go there when I go visit. I grew up in Portsmouth NH and went to fun spot a ton when I was a kid. But mainly hung around the dream machine in the Newington mall Then I worked at a jokers family fun center around 1995 and also hit up the Hampton beach arcades quite a bit too. It is so awesome that there is a place there keeping pinball alive and well. I now live in Knoxville TN and sadly there are not many places to play on location with out driving to game Galaxy in Nashville or going to see Buddy in Norton VA thankfully the sevirville auction is not far and I have a good group of local pinheads to get together and flip with. But man I need to go visit NH soon and check out this place.

#24 3 years ago

My only complaint about PWA is that is so close to my house that sometimes I don't get to hear a whole song on the radio when I drive there! Really depends on the traffic on the two round-a-bouts.

But seriously, I have never seen anyplace with such well maintained machines ever! Sarah and her crew do a phenomenal job there. If you ever get the chance to visit, do it, it is worth it.

#25 3 years ago
Quoted from Patofnaud:

I agree Quint. I'd offer to clean/service Funspots pins when I have free time, but they require self paid liability insurance if you do.

Oof…That’s a quite a showstopper.
If all they had were rare machines and games, I’d completely understand where ACAM is coming from but really, what’s the harm in having a volunteer program for the common pieces in their collection?
Have someone sit through a class or have a simple test. Sign whatever legal docs you need and allow access to only common machines.
What’s the harm in having a hobbyist clean up High Speed or Black Knight with only materials provided by ACAM?

Quoted from AirWolfNH:

My only complaint about PWA is that is so close to my house that sometimes I don't get to hear a whole song on the radio when I drive there!

You lucky sunnuva ha ha haaaa.....

#26 3 years ago

My guess is their insurance lawyers got involved. "You know, if they drop a playfield on their head they 'could' sure you for bad brackets..." type crap.

#27 3 years ago

Unfortunately, that makes sense.

#28 3 years ago

Hi there everyone, my name is Trent, I'm the tech at the Pinball Wizard. Glad everyone can enjoy our collection here. We really do strive to keep our machines in the best possible condion, because nothing is worse than a dirty arcade where nothing works.

We also just received our Full Throttle from Heighway Pinball. It really is a wonderful game. Looks really sharp as well.

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#29 3 years ago
Quoted from NeighborFrank:

Hi there everyone, my name is Trent, I'm the tech at the Pinball Wizard. Glad everyone can enjoy our collection here. We really do strive to keep our machines in the best possible condion, because nothing is worse than a dirty arcade where nothing works.
We also just received our Full Throttle from Heighway Pinball. It really is a wonderful game. Looks really sharp as well.

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Holy Crap, that's awesome!
Played it at Pintastic and really enjoyed it.
Great design and flow

1 month later
#30 3 years ago

Per their FB page, KISS Premium arrived today

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#31 3 years ago
Quoted from NeighborFrank:

Hi there everyone, my name is Trent, I'm the tech at the Pinball Wizard. Glad everyone can enjoy our collection here. We really do strive to keep our machines in the best possible condion, because nothing is worse than a dirty arcade where nothing works.
We also just received our Full Throttle from Heighway Pinball. It really is a wonderful game. Looks really sharp as well.

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Trent is a heck of a nice guy too, along with the rest of the staff. The collection of pins at this arcade is mind boggling.

Best, James (<---- the current NH state champion )

#32 3 years ago

Hey Trent! My son and I love PWA. Great place! Can you say whether you guys have plans to get a Game Of Thrones Premium or LE? I would love to find a local place to try one out. I know it will be a while before they ship, but was just wondering what the plans were for possibly getting one.

#33 3 years ago

Great place go once a month
Put elvira and Gilligans out
They need to be played

#34 3 years ago
Quoted from rhinobucket:

Great place go once a month
Put Elvira and Gilligans out
They need to be played

I'm waiting for that Elvira, I've only ever played one, one time!

#35 3 years ago

There's a certain respect for the machines that carries over to respect for the customers that I feel here as opposed to the above-listed de-facto MA pinball destination. Amongst Sarah's collection there are no inebriates placing their drinks on pinball machines that neighbor them, preventing your custom. There is a realization that vapor from medical nicotine-delivery devices is not harmful to pinball machines nor to customers. One is not interrupted during play while such a device is pocketed and inactive, nor menaced with threats appealing to "laws", nor permanently self-exiled from the premises in a state of confusion still holding credits. Only faux pas at the Wiz: try to change the rollover lanes on a 1979 machine and you'll draw a raised eyebrow. That's fair.

Oh James. I don't have your number after all, or it's on the computer somewhere. In either case I totally missed out on The Shadow. This time I was wondering how much extra I should offer.

#36 3 years ago

PWA confirmed on facebook that they have a Game of Thrones Premium on order.

#37 3 years ago

Whaaatt?? Pinball Wizard Arcade is just ~12 miles from me. I never knew there was anything like this near me.

I am very new to PINSIDE, but have been a pinball fan since the 1970s. I've have had a JP machine in the basement for 15 years, currently awaiting a new PS.

I think a quick roadtrip is in order.

#38 3 years ago
Quoted from markp99:

currently awaiting a new PS

WHA? New? Why not fix? Or find someone local who knows the hot end of a soldering iron from the cold end?

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