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Should I buy a Tron (never played it)?


By rai

7 years ago



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#1 7 years ago

I have not played this game, but I have read a lot of the good reviews and seen how this is now a hard to find machine. I believe I have found a NIB for a good price.

I guess worse comes to worse I can re-sell it (after a time) my question is, with it being so popular now, does that mean in a few years will it still sell for $4K+ which is what I believe IM and SM and other populat pins are selling for.

I know that would be speculation, but is it fair to assume that Tron would hold it value?

#3 7 years ago

LE will hold value, Pro - I dunno, they've stopped making them now. It's a great game, light on toys but heavy on actual gameplay.

#4 7 years ago

Depends what you like. It's very different than IJ or TZ, which you own (Don't know much about POTC). It's a decent game, but I wouldn't blind buy one, or buy one. But you may have more cash so not a big deal

EDIT: Of course I don;t usually advise spending much coin on a game you've never played.

#5 7 years ago

Tron is now in my top 5 games- ALL TIME. It's my first NIB purchase as well. I actually wanted/bought a Pro version for two reasons: One, the two I played on route were Pro's, and Two, because I'd be saving more than three grand. Drop targets and rope lights for three grand seems costly to me. I actually was fine with buying a used, but could not find anyone willing to part with one. With that said, I believe the cost will rise for this title. There is already tremendous buzz for the game, and the last of the last NIB's are getting scooped up as we speak. There is a chance that STERN will do a re-run, but I didn't want to take my chances.

Keep in mind also, that I felt the game was lacking at first play when it came out. After not playing it for a stretch, I kept thinking back to how smooth, fast and fun the shots were, and decided on finding a NIB three weeks ago. I even sold my MB to fund it and have no regrets.

So, the short and simple answer is; YES in this case, imo, okay to buy without having played it. I really feel that the more people that put some seat time in with this pin, that heven't, will only drive it's popularity even more. If you hate it, there will be someone willing to grab it because they love it (I do)

#6 7 years ago

After I couldn't buy your TOTAN I went out and bought a TRON. It was between a TRON Pro or AC/DC Pro. I liked and played the AC/DC Pro but something was missing for me in that game (maybe it was just not having the swinging bell). The arcade by my home had TRON but it was broken (waiting for a part) every time I went over there for over a week. I decided to go for the TRON based on comments here and reading about the game play.

It was my first NIB purchase and I really love the game. I have no regrets about buying it but everyone is different. You are in MD/VA and there are a lot of people with TRONs maybe someone will let you play the game. I feel it will hold its value but I am not too concerned about if it is a $4K game or $5k or $6K game several years down the road.

#7 7 years ago

Every one of us can tell you of a pin or three in the top 50 that we just don't care for. There are some that are deeply loved by others but I just don't get the buzz on. I'm definitely not saying "don't buy it"; just that before you do, check out the you tube videos and read all you can about it.

Full disclosure: I have ordered a WOZ ECLE that NOBODY has played yet! I feel very good about the decision - even better now that I've seen the photos. So if Tron strikes a nerve, go for it!

#8 7 years ago

I tend not to buy pinball machines as an investment or worrying what I'll get back if and when I sell. I find though it is usually with in a few hundred dollars one way or the other. Although lately it seems most new pins are a good buy. The way prices are going up on most machines, you should be fine. That said, I played Tron a bunch of times at Disney in March. It was a ton of fun and I'd personally love to find one. I have bought games without ever playing it, Spiderman, Family guy and Indiana Jones for example.

#9 7 years ago

Yes for sure. Best game ever and will hold value as Stern will NOT do a re-run with the popularity of AC/DC and hype for X-Men.

#10 7 years ago

If you don't like it, it would be a 4k+ mistake.

It will very likely be at Cal Extreme or some other upcoming show, so go to the show and make a 1k airfare and hotel mistake instead. Plus you get a show.

#11 7 years ago
Quoted from jonnyo:

If you don't like it, it would be a 4k+ mistake.

How do you figure?

If he buys it and doesn't like it, he can sell it for not much less than he has in it based on the current pin economy. Maybe the same or more if he holds onto it for awhile. While I agree if he has the chance he should play it first, it is hardly a $4K+ mistake...

Looking out to a year or two from now is pretty much impossible though. It could go up in value or it could go down. Nobody knows for sure. No matter what he isn't going to be out $4K.

#12 7 years ago

Yes - Love Tron, game is a whole lotta fun..............although all of the threads on the spinner noise would scare me.

#13 7 years ago
Quoted from thedarkknight77:

although all of the threads on the spinner noise would scare me.

Nothing to fear. It is the sweet sound of awesomeness.

#14 7 years ago
Quoted from marksf123:

The arcade by my home had TRON but it was broken (waiting for a part) every time I went over there for over a week.

Went to Nickel City where Tron is, and it has been fixed.

#15 7 years ago

Am I the only one that doesn't understand the logic or thinking behind this?

No offense to the OP but why not try it first? There should be friends or pin events out
there to try one out first hand, no? I know I would be very hesitant to plop 4k on something
I never played before but is available unlike WOZ or something.... Then find out you hate
and go through the process of selling it or trading it off...

Me don't get...

#16 7 years ago

TRON will be my first NIB and first Pinball machine. I have not played it yet (was not one around for like 125 miles). It should be here next week. I can't wait

#17 7 years ago

another consideration is wait for X men. Is there a better cost structure getting a new release as opposed to paying full price for TRON?

Way I look at it, Tron has a good track record X men is unproven, could be another Avatar?

while I like the theme of X Men, have to wait to see it while the Tron NIB are almost gone.

#18 7 years ago

I will say that its a bit of a money hog. I love mine, but I can't stop myself from pumping cash in it for the 25+ mods and protectors that you can do to it.

#19 7 years ago

Congratulations! Look on the Stern website for a nice series of unboxing and setup instructional videos.

#20 7 years ago
Quoted from Schusler:

Am I the only one that doesn't understand the logic or thinking behind this?
No offense to the OP but why not try it first? There should be friends or pin events out
there to try one out first hand, no? I know I would be very hesitant to plop 4k on something
I never played before but is available unlike WOZ or something.... Then find out you hate
and go through the process of selling it or trading it off...
Me don't get...

Way I look at it, it's a more or less top rated pin such as LOTR, IM, SM, (or at least a top 10 pin of the last 10 years).. how bad can it be?

I have PotC and I like to trade for new pins now and then, I could keep Tron and sell PotC or keep both or sell Tron after a time.

Just concerned not to get a dud, which from the reviews it seems not to be. Plus I like the theme and the art seems different than the other machines I have which are more toys or stop and go play.

My point, much like getting a top selling car or a car that is in high demand you can kind of project that it's easier to sell.

#21 7 years ago

EWWWWW TRON GEEKS

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#22 7 years ago

Tron is an awesome game. When I go to my friend's house who has lots of great machines (BBB, MM, AFM, TZ, ...) I camp at the Tron game since it has a good set of objectives, stackable modes and a wizard stage (Sea of Simulation) that I try for every time. It has that nice blend of getting modes to start easily while it is difficult to get ALL of them going before the end of the game. The game has nice flow and when you make the shots it feels so good.

#23 7 years ago
Quoted from rai:

Schusler said:Am I the only one that doesn't understand the logic or thinking behind this?
No offense to the OP but why not try it first? There should be friends or pin events out
there to try one out first hand, no? I know I would be very hesitant to plop 4k on something
I never played before but is available unlike WOZ or something.... Then find out you hate
and go through the process of selling it or trading it off...
Me don't get...
Way I look at it, it's a more or less top rated pin such as LOTR, IM, SM, (or at least a top 10 pin of the last 10 years).. how bad can it be?
I have PotC and I like to trade for new pins now and then, I could keep Tron and sell PotC or keep both or sell Tron after a time.
Just concerned not to get a dud, which from the reviews it seems not to be. Plus I like the theme and the art seems different than the other machines I have which are more toys or stop and go play.
My point, much like getting a top selling car or a car that is in high demand you can kind of project that it's easier to sell.

100% agree with you here. Your logic is perfect and by no means a pig thinking you will make money. I have been a day one supporter of tron and ironman. Both have that just one more game vibe Borg is in a Rythm. Buy the tron, have fun. You will sell pirates before tron. Good luck.

Btw check kens page for pins in the wild maybe it's near you.

Mk

#24 7 years ago
Quoted from rai:

I have not played this game, but I have read a lot of the good reviews and seen how this is now a hard to find machine. I believe I have found a NIB for a good price.
I guess worse comes to worse I can re-sell it (after a time) my question is, with it being so popular now, does that mean in a few years will it still sell for $4K+ which is what I believe IM and SM and other populat pins are selling for.
I know that would be speculation, but is it fair to assume that Tron would hold it value?

Like others have said, try before you buy.

Will it hold it's value? No one knows for certain, but with prices on new games increasing, I think the recent killer games like IM and Tron will hold their value. Initially, I thought both would decrease as they aren't that deep, but both have held solid and increased.

Cheers,
Duane

#25 7 years ago

thanks some of your replies have been very helpful and some really not. For example if someone says it's a $4K+ mistake that assumes that it's resale value would be $1000 down the road. I don't think thats being in any way helpful or truthful. I mean whey even bother to post if you are just being a wise-guy?

I guess my point, is that people buy games all the time without playing such as WoZ or maybe ACDC LE or X Men (etc..) and maybe the pre-order period no one has played the game. At least Tron has been out a year and it's still hot while a game like Avatar I never hear a peep about. Or Rolling Stones which I only hear bad things about. I mostly hear good things about Tron.

So if I am plunking down for a new machine do I go with a proven great game or take a chance on a new but potentially great or potentially not great game?

#26 7 years ago

Good luck with this. I bought a Tron Pro but before prices jumped when stern announced final run. My first few games of Tron I played on test and thought it was ok. But more I played, I really grew to love the game. Nice art, great sound package, good fast-flow layout. I tried to find a HUO pro but no sellers. I think it will hold value but you may take a bit of a haircut. More likely , you will be able to trade it for a nice equal value game down the road. Let us know what you do.

#27 7 years ago

Tron is a proven winner. I don't have enough confidence in Stern to buy one of their games sight unseen, do you? As you said, you could get a winner or you could get something quite different. You are attracted to Tron, consummate the deal!

#28 7 years ago

If it helps at all, I went back and forth several times as whether to buy a Tron, Tron LE, or not. I'm happy to say I finally mustered up the cash and bought an LE. Buddy Herron of Mountain Entertainment made it an irresistible deal! Kept the transaction smooth, and now I have my first NIB machine! No regrets on this one. I had played it a bit at Disneyland, but Electronica is gone, so I had to do something!

Sometimes you gotta jump. Besides, as others have said, don't look at it as an investment, see it as pure ecstasy... after all, its PINBALL. (What could be better?)

#29 7 years ago

Get the Tron if you found one for a good price. It is an amazing game and simply looks stunning. Also, you can bling this sucker out more than any other game I have seen. Join the club while you can still find an NIB.

#30 7 years ago

If you really want a NIB game and can afford it then buy it. Tron is indeed a fun game.
But don't buy it when you can't afford to lose some money on it when you decide it's not your taste or when later you want something new..

#31 7 years ago

Tron is a great game. Flow, fast and fun. The game also looks great. Its not an easy game and that makes it perfect for the home. I have 0 regret purchasing my NIB Tron. Only played it 10 times b4 it arrived but did order it without playing it. I would advise to watch some YouTube videos on the game and see what you think about it. The music is great (IMO). You can also mod up the Tron to your liking and do the Elwire lights ($80) or other light mods. Im still waiting to see what Eli can do b4 i make any purchase. I dont think that Tron will be coming down in price anytime soon. If it does then it wont be much. I know some1 that just paid 5500+shipping to get a NIB. Stern currently has it on the list of "out of production" pins. I dont think they will make another run. Not sure if they ever pulled a game off that list an re-ran it. If you can get a used one for a good price I would go for it. It took about 30 games for me to start getting into a good groove.

GL with your hunt
Long Island Mike

#32 7 years ago

That third picture up there is pretty sweet. What a bada*s bike and gear. Wonder if it draws attention from the cops.

#33 7 years ago

I picked up my NIB TRON yesterday. I was not able to find one locally to play so I just jumped in. I LOVE the game and have no regrets

#34 7 years ago
Quoted from asnatlas:

I picked up my NIB TRON yesterday. I was not able to find one locally to play so I just jumped in. I LOVE the game and have no regrets <img title="" src="/bbpress/my-plugins/bb-smilies/pinside/icon_wink.gif">

thanks for all the replies. My thought, it looks like Tron = $5xxx and X Men Pro = $4xxx so but the benifit is Tron has been out and got good reviews, but I did miss out on the price of Tron now they are nearly a grand more than a new XM Pro?

#35 7 years ago
Quoted from rai:

thanks for all the replies. My thought, it looks like Tron = $5xxx and X Men Pro = $4xxx so but the benifit is Tron has been out and got good reviews, but I did miss out on the price of Tron now they are nearly a grand more than a new XM Pro?

About $500-$700 more, shipped. XMEN PRO is going to be about $4300-$4500 plus shipping.

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