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"Woogy Pinball! A fantastic game using Arfenhouse marketing ploy!"—Arfenhouse Teh Movie Too
So, you've managed to create a successful video game series. The fans want more, and your publisher wants you to put out another title as quickly as possible. What to do?
You make a Pinball Spinoff, that's what. Pinball games are as simple to design as they are addictive, and are incredibly easy to shoehorn characters into. A Pinball Spinoff is a perfect way to satisfy everyone between actual game releases.
- Pokémon Pinball was a successful tie-in to the popular portable RPG series and perhaps the most famous example of a Rumble Pack in a Game Boy game. It kept players interested by including the ability to both catch and evolve Pokémon. Later, a sequel was released on the Game Boy Advance titled Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire.
- Sonic Spinball was released for the Sega Genesis, and has since been included on almost every Genesis collection that Sega has put out.
- Sonic Pinball Party not only covered Sonic, but also had tables inspired by NiGHTS Into Dreams and Samba De Amigo.
- Kirby's Pinball Land for the Game Boy was the first of many games where the pink ball loses control of his limbs.
- Mario's Pinball Land for the Game Boy Advance.
- Metroid Prime Pinball was launched for the Nintendo DS and came with a rumble pack. Neither the game nor the accessory fared too well.
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo Pinball FX was for the Xbox 360 and is about as ridiculous as the title would imply.
- Pacman Pinball has been released on both the Game Boy Advance and on mobile phones.
- Worms Pinball for the Play Station 1.
- Packaged in Pinball Fever for PC which also included a cabinet themed around one of Team17's other racing series World Rally Fever.
- Shin Megami Tensei Pinball: Judgment was a Japan-only mobile phone game.
- Pinball of the Dead for the Game Boy Advance. Actually pretty fun.