SILVER BALL PLANET PINBALL ARCADE

Thinking of visiting the Silver Ball Planet pinball arcade in Osaka? It might not be as easy as you think, so Stefan Riedler – who has visited the location several times – has written this useful guide showing the best way to get there.

He also updates us on the most recent arrivals which he discovered at the arcade during his trip there in June 2017.


How to get to the Silver Ball Planet Arcade from Kansai International Airport

The Mario Bros. welcome you to Kansai International Airport
The Mario Bros. welcome you to Kansai International Airport

Step 1: Exit the airport on the 1ST FLOOR.

Step 2: Go to the BUS AREA.

Step 3: At BUS STATION C you can buy a bus ticket for Bus 7 which costs 1,550 Yen (around €13) and can be paid for by credit card. The timetable for Bus 7 can be found at kate.co.jp/en/timetable/detail/UH.

Buy a bus ticket at the arrowed point - bus station C
Buy a bus ticket at the arrowed point – Bus Station C

Step 4: When the bus arrives, enter and tell them you want to go to the SHINSAIBASHI area. The journey takes around one hour.

Step 5: Leave the bus at the second stop in Shinsaibashi, at the HOTEL NIKKO.

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka

Step 6: Looking at the front of Hotel Nikko, turn LEFT.

Step 7: Walk two blocks to the APPLE STORE.

Step 8: Turn RIGHT following the front of the Apple Store.

Turn right at the Apple Store - there is a bank with an ATM here
Turn right at the Apple Store – there is a bank with an ATM here

Step 9: Walk around 250m and the BIG STEP shopping centre is on the right.

Step 10: Go right next to STARBUCK’S to the elevator.

The shopping centre floor listing
The shopping centre floor listing Click to expand

Step 11: Take the elevator to the THIRD FLOOR.

The elevator
The elevator

Go to the 3rd floor
Go to the 3rd floor

Step 12: Exit the elevator to the RIGHT.

Step 13: You have arrived at the SILVER BALL PLANET PINBALL ARCADE.

Stefan with the founder of the arcade, Yuske Namba
Stefan with the founder of the arcade, Yuske Namba

Inside the Arcade
Inside the Arcade

The favourite games of the founder of the Silver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade, Yuske Namba, are Capt. Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Rolling Stones – older games but with great original artwork.

The Capt. Fantastic game at the arcade
The Capt. Fantastic game at the arcade

Another of Yuske Namba's favourites
Another of Yuske Namba’s favourites

The seven machines marked as new arrivals at the Arcade are:

  • The Pabst Can Crusher (Stern)
  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International (Spooky)
  • Aerosmith Limited Edition (Stern)
  • The Hobbit Limited Edition (Jersey Jack)
  • Batman 66 Super Limited Edition (Stern)
  • Ghostbusters Limited Edition (Stern)
  • Transformers Limited Edition (Stern)

Batman 66 in the Batman collection
Batman 66 SLE in the Batman collection

Another new arrival - Ghostbusters LE
Another new arrival – Ghostbusters LE

Maybe another new arrival soon in the Star Wars collection?
Maybe another new arrival soon in the Star Wars collection?

Here’s a video showing all the games at the Silver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade.

 

 

JAPAN GAME MUSEUM UPDATE

The Japan Game Museum (JGM) was the final destination of my Osaka-Nagoya trip in September 2016.

The Japan Game Museum
The Japan Game Museum

Major changes had been taking place at JGM. They were:

  • JGM had been closed since January 2016.
The closed sign
Closed since January 2016
  • The JGM has become a warehouse of video games and pinballs.
A warehouse full of games
A warehouse full of games
  • However, the JGM is still open to VIPs like me. \(^o^)/
Only open to VIP guests
Only open to VIP guests
  • The JGM keeps on acquiring new games, including a new Grand Lizard (Williams, 1986)
The JGM's new Grand Lizard
The JGM’s new Grand Lizard

The chief of JGM, Mr Tsuji, is now planning a huge project to build a new and bigger JGM.   I hope that his dream can come true in the near future.

Describing plans for the new JGM to VIP guests
Describing plans for the new JGM to VIP guests

KORONA WORLD

Korona World Komaki

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
Korona World

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

  • Gemini (1978Gottlieb)
  • Surfing (1972, Sega Japan)
  • Carnival (1971, Sega Japan)
  • Playboy (1978 ,Bally)
  • Rocky & Bullwinkle (1993, Data East)
  • The Addams Family (1992, Bally)
The six pinballs
The six pinballs
Cocktail video games
Cocktail video games

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.

Gottlieb's Gemini
Gottlieb’s Gemini

Again, I could get high score and 3 replay credits on my first play of this game.  (^o^)/

High score!
High score!

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.

Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends
Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends

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.

Sea Raider
Sea Raider

Here’s some additional information about Korona World Komaki:

  • Address:  〒446-0022 Katayama mom Komaki, Aichi Prefecture 181  (〒446-0022  愛知県小牧市間々片山181)
  • Transportation: 15 minutes by bus from Iwakura train station.
  • Business hours: 10am-midnight (weekdays) and 9am-midnight (Sat/Sun)
  • Comments: the condition of all the pinballs was excellent.

UUENNICHI AT APITA IWAKURA

Uuennichi at Apita Iwakura

After staying in the Osaka city for three days, I continued my trip to Nagoya city.

In the morning of my first day, my good friend Mr. Takeda drove me to my first pinball location in the city.

On the road towards Nagoya
On the road towards Nagoya

It took around half-an-hour to reach this pinball location – Uuennichi @ Apita Iwakura shop, which is one of the new pinball locations near Nagoya city this year.

Uuennichi @ Apita Iwakura
Uuennichi @ Apita Iwakura

Since the game centre is quite small, it is easy to spot the four pinball games.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Williams, 1991)
  • Hurricane (Williams, 1991)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (Bally, 1992)
  • World Cup Soccer (Bally, 1994)
The four pinballs
The four pinballs

It was amazing since this was my first time seeing the Hurricane game. Although I could not get the high score on it, I still felt it is a very fun game.

Hurricane
Hurricane

Other than the four pinballs, the Uuennichi game centre has also other video games for teenagers.

Other games at the Uuennichi game centre
Other games at the Uuennichi game centre

 

Here’s some additional information about Uuennichi game centre:

  • Transportation: a 5 minute walk from the Iwakura train station
  • Business hours: 9am – 9pm

SILVER BALL PLANET PINBALL ARCADE

Silver Ball Planet Arcade

In late September 2016, I paid another visit to Silver Ball Planet Arcade and stayed two-and-a-half days there.

Silver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade in the Big Step mall
Silver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade in the Big Step mall

The following are the highlights of SBP during this visit.

A new pinball, Gottlieb’s Big Hit, is available.

Big Hit
Big Hit

SBP has extended its closing time from 8pm until 11pm on both Friday and Saturday.  Also drinks are available at cost.

The new extended closing time
The new extended closing time

SBP is getting popular both locally and internationally.  From time to time I could see both local and international visitors of different ages.

Guests
Guests
Guests
Guests

I also joined the monthly pinball tournament for September. Unfortunately, I was out in the first round.

The tournament
The tournament

As usual, I could always enjoy good food around the Shinsaibashi area.   I have never been disappointed with it.

Good food
Good food

Although the total number of games is now over 100, some new ones are still coming.   As I understand it they include Ghostbusters, Transformers and The Big Lebowski.