After leaving the Iwakura shopping centre, we proceeded to our second pinball location – Korona World Komaki. It only took around 8 minutes by car.
Korona World is a big amusement centre in Komaki. Through a collaboration with the Japan Game Museum, the centre has set up a dedicated area for retro games since early this year. It is a so-called “mini-JGM”.
There are six pinballs and some vintage video games
Surfing (1972, Sega Japan)
Carnival (1971, Sega Japan)
Playboy (1978 ,Bally)
Rocky & Bullwinkle (1993, Data East)
The Addams Family (1992, Bally)
It was very exciting and amazing for me to see the Gemini game. According to the ipdb.org, only 300 units were produced in 1978. I believe, it is one of the few still functional in the world.
Again, I could get high score and 3 replay credits on my first play of this game. (^o^)/
I believe the Rocky & Bullwinkle game might have been acquired from the Mono Mania Shopping Centre, so this is my second time seeing it within four years.
Another amazing game is the Sea Raider (1969). As I understand it, the game was totally not functional when it was first delivered to the JGM. It eventually became functional after JGM spent a lot of hard work and passion on it.
Here’s some additional information about Korona World Komaki:
In early 2016 I located a pub in Hong Kong called Neo Cocktail Club which I learned probably had a Bally Playboy pinball. Unfortunately I also found that it was temporarily closed.
Eventually it re-opened in mid-June this year, and so on the last Saturday in June I went there on my own as their first guest of the evening.
The first thing to grab my attention was the Bally Playboy pinball in the middle of the club.
It was a pleasant surprise to find that it was set to free play. The mechanical condition of the game was excellent but unfortunately it had no sound, so this severely degraded my overall enjoyment of the game. I guess that it is only its sound card which has a problem and it would not be too difficult to fix it. (^o^)/
As usual, snacks are free during the happy hour which runs from 6-8pm every business day.
I finished my drinks and snack dinner there and left around 8pm. I will definitely go there again very soon (^o^)
Here’s some additional information about Neo Cocktail Club: