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.

 

 

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.