Firepower was released in February of 1980 and designed by Steve Ritchie. Firepower is the second pinball to feature speech (the first being "Gorgar"). The eleven word ability was beyond Gorgar's seven word memory. Firepower has three notable "firsts":

1) the first pinball with the "lane change" feature in which the right flipper button controlled the lit/unlit status of rollover lanes;

2) the first SS pinball to have a multiball feature. Attaining three balls in play at the same time was an uniquely attractive reward;

3) the first playfield animation. This "countdown to multiball" animation was innovative and amazing in 1980. It was also near the limit of the electronic and computational capacity of the hardware.

It ranks at #5 in the list of the most successful Flippergames of all time, with 17,410 units.

Design team

Concept: Steve Ritchie
Game Design: Steve Ritchie
Mechanics: John Jung
Software: Eugene Jarvis
Callouts: Steve Ritchie

Game details

February 1980
Solid state
Williams System 6
17,410 produced
$2030 - $2370
L6, date unknown


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Price history

Price estimate

This game has been listed a total number of 247 times on the Pinside Marketplace, most recently on 2024-06-22.

This past year, we've seen it listed 33 times. The median asking price (trimmed median) was $2,200

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Marketing slogan

"Another pinball history-maker and profit record-breaker from Williams Electronics"

Pinside rating

This game has received 267 approved Pinsider ratings and currently has a rating of 7.853 out of 10.


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #112 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Rating comments

There are 154 rating comments for this game.

Owners / Wishlisters / Places to play

814 Pinsiders have this game in their collections.

436 Pinsiders have this game on their wishlist.

78 public locations to play this machine.

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Market value

There are currently 5 ads for this game on our Market place.

2,200 (OBO)
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