Magic Girl

Zidware Pinball USA

Magic Girl

John spent more than 6 years and over a million dollars of pre-order money developing a working prototype. This included rent on a giant studio, capital equipment, playfield parts, cabinets, salary for himself and contracted employees. At the same time, he worked on 2 other "official" pinball projects (retro zombie adventure and alice in wonderland) which he also took pre-order money on. In May of 2015 he finally announced he was out of funding, and not only couldn't finish the magic girl prototype, he had no way of funding the manufacturing of them. One of his buyers (Bill Brandes) tried to make a deal where he would license the theme and find a way to manufacture them. Between various volunteers, they took one of the prototypes as far as they could in a few short weeks (which included getting the vacuum formed ramps completed) so it could be shown at the northwest pinball show. Not only did the shots not work so great (the mylared art was bubbling), but there was no ball search turned on, and many of the features were turned off since they weren't complete. On June 10th, Bill announced that after analyzing the status the prototype was in, and the immense amount of custom parts and mechs, that he could not move this project forward.

On February 14th, 2017 Both John and Scott sent out emails that the games would be ready for shipment. Reports are saying it plays exactly as it did at the northwest pinball show (which is to say most of the features don't work).


In 2019, a small team of dedicated pinball fans from the Netherlands & UK set out to fix the production issues with the originally produced run of games using information and knowledge gained from some of the original design team. The result was 3 years of work, over a hundred issues found and resolved in hardware assembly, wiring and mechanical design as well as over 24 software update releases.

An upgraded and fully working game was shown at the 2022 Pinball Expo and also at the 2023 Pinball Expo. Eric and Jim, 2 of the upgrade team spoke at both events regarding their story, journey and the challenges they faced along the way.

Software Updates are still being actively worked on by Jim. People who own the game now have a path to a working machine and many fun updates.

Design team

Concept: John Popadiuk
Game Design: John Popadiuk

Game details

Zidware Pinball USA
February 2017
Solid state
Custom build, 21 produced
$6010 - $6990
Custom shape
LCD Display
v0.9.0 - Sep 30, 2023


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Price history

Price estimate

This game has been listed a total number of 10 times on the Pinside Marketplace, most recently on 2019-04-24.

We have not seen this game listed on the Pinside Market In the past 4 years. The Pinside database value for this game is $6,500.

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Game quote

"Caveat emptor"

Pinside rating

This game has received 11 approved Pinsider ratings. 39 more approved ratings are needed to get a rating and for it to be eligible for the Pinside Pinball Top 100 ranking.

Rating comments

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Owners / Wishlisters / Places to play

14 Pinsiders have this game in their collections.

54 Pinsiders have this game on their wishlist.

1 public location to play this machine.

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