Perhaps the most unlikely heroes ever to hit our screens, Mario and his brother Luigi took the video game world by storm in the mid 1980s. Initially released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985, the franchise spawned many variations and was developed to work on many gaming platforms in the years that followed.
In the early 1990's the pinball world final caught up with the indefatigable Mario when Gottlieb launched their Super Mario Bros. table to considerable acclaim. With a run of just over 500 units this 'Mushroom World' variation on the Super Mario theme is extremely rare and is noted for being just two thirds the size of a regular pinball table. It's simple, easy to learn, and great fun for the whole family, all wrapped in a brightly coloured package that won't take up too much space in the home!
Along with a catchy, nostalgic set of sound effects and themes, all of these virtues are immediately noticeable and come together to form a fun, pint-sized, yet very solid pinball table. The shortened playfield ensures that the action is always close to home and younger players will appreciate the fact that they can see what's going on. (On a full sized table a child's lower line of sight can mean that it's hard for them to see the top of the playfield)
One of the big draws for this game is the two five-bank drop targets lining the centre of the field, with must be cleared in varying order to advance into different worlds. This is immensely fun, and gaining classic power-ups to reach each world is a nice touch. Another entertaining feature is 'video mode', where you actually clear stages by platforming and swimming stages on screen for points. There exists a multi-ball mode, where Mario yells "Luigi Heeeelp" before his brother springs to the rescue, which certainly shakes things up a bit.
Though Mushroom World may not be quite as 'busy' as some pinball favourites, it more than makes up for this with a genius mixture of simple, clean Mario fun and fast-paced pinball excitement.
This table has been fully restored in our workshops in Weybridge and is in near mint condition. We have completely stripped down the playfield and rebuilt and renewed some of the artwork.
Allow us to explain how and why we go to such extreme lengths when repairing and restoring vintage games.
Over the years we are fortunate enough to have gathered together a select few individuals whose enthusiasm for jukeboxes, pinball machines and vintage arcade games ensures that they are never less than 100% committed to the task in hand. They quite simply love breathing new life into old circuitry and want to see as many of these classic pieces preserved for future generations as possible.
Not for them the perfunctory checklists and proverbial ‘tyre kicking’ which pass for an inspection at other dealers but instead an unflinching determination to get to grips with the detail. This usually begins with a thorough strip down of the machine and a forensic examination of the internal workings. They’ll be aware of the particular quirks and foibles of any given piece and instead of just replacing failed parts they’ll always go the extra mile, swapping out components which are likely to fail in the near future.
An obvious comparison would be between a classic car which remains on show in a garage and one that you can actually enjoy driving.
Rare though many of these machines are, rarer still are the examples which have been properly restored or can truthfully be said to be in full working order. It goes without saying that when unrestored machines come up for sale online or at auction, they’ll often be priced rather lower than the machines sold by The Games Room Company, and the point we wish to get across above all others is that there’s a reason for this.
In this business The Games Room Company’s reputation is second to none, and as it’s been hard won over the years it’s something we never take for granted. Every machine that goes off to a customer, be they corporate or private, is a potential advertisement for the business and if we didn’t do our job properly then we wouldn’t have the high number of loyal, returning customers that we do.
We’re justly proud of our One Year Parts and Labour Warranty, which extends to on-site visits so if your machine does require some attention, you won’t necessarily have to endure the pain of separation.
We’ve always recognised that with specialised products such as these the after sales service is just as important as the initial sale. It takes a long time to build a reputation and over the years our commitment has won us not just the loyalty of our clients but also the trust of the last remaining American Jukebox manufacturer, Rockola, who in 2014 appointed us as their Exclusive British dealer.
The Games Room Company is one of the oldest pinball dealers in the country. Our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, played his first pinball game in 1960, and described it without irony as being “flipping excellent”. We’ve been selling pinball machines since 1962, so know a thing or two about our products! Our showroom will gladly assist you on any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.