Royal Rumble (WWF)

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This game received 176 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.627 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #159 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.753

Artwork: 7.316

Sounds/Music: 7.211

Other Aspects: 7.909

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82 days ago
This is definitely the best wrestling pinball machine ever made. They're aren't many others, I can only count gottlieb's Tag Team, and Stern's Wrestlemania, but still. If you're a wrestling fan, and a pinhead, then this is your best option. It's in a weird in between period for the federation as far as wrestlers, but still features some all time legends like Undertaker, Macho Man, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Hulk.

The layout is pretty good for a DE game, and the ruleset is better than most DE games. Not as polished as a B/W, but pretty good nonetheless. The sound, callouts, and music are all pretty good, but sound pretty bad through the little speakers and underpowered sound board. If you're a fan of wrestling, you're gonna enjoy this.

Overall the art is pretty good, and so is the game. It's pretty easy, and longplaying, but still a good time.
5 months ago
Very fun game with bright nice artwork on the playfield. It catches your eyes with LEDs. Very fun game with a lot of call out. Sucks that a lot of really well known wrestlers left while it was in production and were taken off the final game. Some of the call out get repetitive unless you like old school wrestling. Very fun underrated game.
6 months ago
I have a lot of nostalgia for this era of pinball and wrestling. I think over all this is a really fun game. Great callouts, fun modes interesting layout. Royal Rumble is probably one of my favorite Data East games. I feel like the game does a pretty good job making you play the entire playfield.
11 months ago
I hate this stupid pinball
1 year ago
After playing a few copies of this game, I can certainly say while it’s not great, it is definitely an overlooked and under appreciated game.

Really solid playfield layout with some great flowing ramp shots. If you get into a rhythm with the jackpots during multiball, it feels really good (or just pulling off any combo on the game). Upper playfield is actually well utilized!

Rules are pretty good: another code repeat, but it takes its chances and adds some things to make it stand out.

Individual tracks are pretty good: not at all familiar with the theme, but it pulls off the tracks themselves well. Both Multiball tracks sound good.

Again, I’m not familiar with the theme, but it seems to pull off the theme well based on what I know.

Playfield artwork is okay: some good illustrations.

I love Paul Faris artwork, but the cabinet artwork sucks big time, especially the front.

Backglass is pretty bland and uninspired. The prototype backglass is better, but still not my cup of tea.

Sound quality is poor: not sure why Gary Stern used BMST 2000 for so long.

Overall, a pretty good game!
1 year ago
Always loved playing this game at pin shows. Decided to buy it because my youngest loves wrestling. I play this more than my newer games and it is surprisingly deep. The sounds are somewhat repetitive, but the nostalgia is great. Overall there are so many shots that the games don't feel repetitive. This is a great machine overall in my opinion.
1 year ago
I own this game. It’s very nostalgic for me, I grew up on wrestling in the 80s. Adding a Pinsound board with real entrance music is a MUST for this game. Overall, it’s super fun and it doesn’t get boring even though the rules aren’t that deep. Solid Data East game.
1 year ago
Yeah! Oh yeah!
If you were a wrazzlin fan this is an amazing themed pinball.
The shots are fun and at time hard. Upper play field and tiny flippers are a blast if you can make it happen and last.
Haven't gone too deep into the game and it was a bit loud where we played it, but we played it over and over.
The Macho man call out at the end of ball is hilariously awesome.
It had my wife and I adding this to the must have game list.
Edit. We've owned it for a bit. Its moving on. I really enjoy playing it. I actually went thru all the modes and beat the game.
1 year ago
Such a great game from Data East. A niche target audience really holds this back from the spotlight it deserves. Just oozes that 80's-early 90's charm of when pro wrestling was great. Music is fantastic, shaker, upper play field, this is a no-brainer for fans of the theme. Grab one if you see one in good condition you won't regret it.
2 years ago
Funny if you like Wrestling
2 years ago
The amount of different game modes and Easter eggs for the age is pretty impressive. Alongside the fact that you get all of them just algia if you enjoyed old school wrestling. Certain sequences will make the machine go into secret modes which is pretty cool once you figure them out. And 6 ball multiball is always a big plus for the old school games. Worth it especially for the price they are still going for. If your not a wrestling fan the callouts will get repetitive and annoying
2 years ago
I used to play this game constantly when I lived in England. Loved the upper playfield.
2 years ago
Owned this for a short time and while it was fun enough to shoot the depth just wasn't there for me.

Cliffy's made those damn scoops so hard to hit, lol.

Simple and repetitive shots with the most annoying "oh yeah" call out every 2 seconds made me want to sell it pretty quick.

Good for Wrestling fans but for me, so many better games for the same sort of money.
2 years ago
Sounds are definitely repetitive, but easy to ignore while having plenty of fun chasing different modes. A little later era than the wrestling I grew up watching, but still enough nostalgia to make the theme great. High scores really come down to multiball over and over again, but it is interesting and original to have different objectives during the same multiball. You can either chase jackpots and collect all the wrestlers, or avoid jackpots (and cradling) to have balls added over time. I don't play this one a lot compared to some of my others, but when I do, I always have fun.
3 years ago
This game is a no brainer if you are a WWF fan. Great DMD animations and although the quality of music isn’t great, hearing all the theme songs of the wrestlers is great. Upper playfield is fun to play and there are 3 shots up there! In fact, there are about 9 other shots to hit so plenty to do. Fast wide body with a a shaker motor.

Get rid of automatic multi ball on ball 3! Go into settings and Expand Adjustments. I thinks it’s number 12. Change the tournament setting from None to IFPA. You then need to turn on multi balls. Change the multi ball setting from “0” to whatever number you want. Now the extra ball will be awarded when you hit the Fuji shot. If you do not turn on extra balls this award will be 20 M instead. The other notable change when switching to tournament mode is at plunge, you will only get the same 3 choices all the time instead of the random options.

Lastly, since changing to IFPA I found that on balls 2 and three, the flashing mode will start on Light Extra Ball. This game is immensely better now and makes going for the wrestler shots worth it since you have to earn multi ball.

Cool mods I’ve seen/own are the alternate translight, color dmd, led speakers, and the color lcd titantron that plays all the wrestler’s entrance videos.

If there is one game where Pinsound is worth it, this is the game. Being able to customize the call outs and change the music to the actual entrance music is an incredible enhancement.
3 years ago
This machine was very much for my wife (who grew up as a huge wrestling fan), but I find it to be a good balance of fun and (albeit frustrating at times) challenge.
3 years ago
Fun wide body game, they could have done more with the play field lots of empty space, the upper play field is really great even tho its a real pain in the arse to remove if you ever need to! I really liked this era of wrestling so this game is an easy play for me but some of the call outs get repetitive! If your a fan of 90's WWF wrestling you wont be disappointed!
3 years ago
Love the theme. Been looking for one for a long time. Great layout, lots of shots and deep scoring. You can get long ball times with this machine. Oh yeah, don't forget about the 6 ball multiball. Great addition to the mancave.
3 years ago
Definitely a must have for any wrestling fan as opposed to the unfortunate Stern WWE. Has a decent rule set that is similar to many Data East games of that era. Lots of modes, then finally a wizard mode. The upper playfield in this game actually makes a difference in scoring which. May not be a must have for non-wrestling fans though.
3 years ago
In my opinion a super underrated game by data east. A bunch of shots and modes to complete that make it a great pin for beginners and veterans. Macho Madness is pretty crazy, with 6 multi balls coming right at you. I don't think you need to be a old school wrestling fan to enjoy the game, but it definitely helps. The theme is definitely geared towards the early 90's WWF fans so it might not be for everyone. I grew up on this stuff so I can get loss in the game for hours!!
3 years ago
God, this game takes me back to being 5-years old and watching WWF on TV! All the greats on the playfield, the effects, the bright lighting! Admittingly, I’ve only played this game a dozen or so times, but every time I see it- I have to play it.

The vibrancy of the game and the musical theme bring nostalgia. I can’t help but dive in and replay the wrestling matches of old! Smooth play and a great last-ability! I have since added it to my collection and it’s so much more than I could have imagined! Super smooth operations and just a solid piece for the home!
4 years ago
I’m this game integrates the theme well. If you’re into wrestling, or this period of wrestling, the game captures it well. There are a lot of shots here, with varying difficulty. The rules make sense and there’s a lot to go for. Multiball is cool, especially the countdown.

No toys on the game and no interesting light show are the low scorers for me. The Data East clicking sound when translite is blinging during multi-ball ready is annoying

For it’s era and price range, it’s a good game. There is alot to do and getting to Royal Rumble mode isn't easy (for me). And surprisingly, it’s a hit with the under 12 crowd who knows nothing about the theme. Very good value -- shaker motor, upper playfield, and nice variety.

Update: Added pinsound and color DMD. Pinsound, with updated soundtrack, significantly improves the game -- especially if you're a fan of wrestling. Color DMD also enhances it, but not as much as Pinsound.
4 years ago
I was never really into wrestling, but this machine was fun for what it is. I can't say that I'd feel like playing it much if it were in my collection, but it's definitely something to try if you like wrestling to any degree.
4 years ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 10 - very high

* Shooting 9 wrestlers for multiball is great fun jackpots moving is a nice challenge too
* Lots of modes to complete, all interacting with the playfield components
* Interactive launch button for Tag
* I love Macho Man (but might be the only person)
* Nice upper playfield interaction

* The captive ball shot is pretty useless
* A full orbit shot would have been nice
* 2 Start Mode holes not needed

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Prototype Translite is fantastic
* Art blades match the playfield brilliantly
* Prototype cabinet decals from Retro Refurbs

What To Look For When Buying
* Wear near both scoops
* Broken main plastic ramp
* Broken Tag button area
* Topper intact is near impossible to find
4 years ago
Good game, 6 ball multiball is good and the upper playfield is great. Good widebody with shaker
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