Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles (2012)

I’ve talked a bit before about how impressed I am with Zen Studios Pinball FX2 for Xbox Live Arcade, especially there Pinball tables based on some of the characters from Marvel Comics. We’ve even had a few competitions involving Pinball FX 2 last year.

Yesterday it was announced that we are getting a new set of 4 tables later this year and this time instead of basing the tables around a single character they have opted to base them on three events from the comic company, plus one table for the upcoming Avengers film. The tables are based on the hugely popular World War Hulk, Fear Itself, and the one I’m most looking forward to…1991’s cosmic shattering throwdown…the Infinity Gauntlet!

[Via] Marvel’s YouTube Channel

It has been reported that this is Zen Studios most ambitious pinball table designs to date, it has been claimed that the Infinity Gauntlet table alone has over 129 recorded pieces of dialogue. No firm release date beyond this year has been shared yet but we’ll keep you updated.

Pinball FX2 Commences Spider-Man XBLA Tournament!

Somehow we missed this important press release from Zen Studios regarding the High-Score Pinball tournament for their awesome Xbox Live Arcade Spider-Man table:

“High Score Tournament Runs July 29 – August 12, 2011

Spider-Man is one of the higher scoring tables in the Marvel Pinball lineup so this is a great chance to get a HUGE SuperScore and Hero Score boost. This is a high score tournament; the top three scores will win a Marvel Digital Comics Subscription, a Spider-Man Bass Skyline tee from MightyFine, and MSP’s!

1st Place –

4,000 MS Points
Marvel Digital Comics annual subscription
Spider-Man Bass Skyline tee shirt from Mighty Fine

2nd / 3rd Place –

1600 MS Points
Marvel Digital Comics annual subscription
Spider-Man Bass Skyline tee shirt from Mighty Fine
As always, there will be prizes for random players. To qualify, simply complete a full game on the Spider-Man table during the tournament period, which will be open from July 29 – August 12, 2011. Winners will be notified via private message on Xbox LIVE® Arcade following the conclusion of the tournament, and also posted in the ZEN Studios Forums. We make every effort to get in touch with the winners, so please be on the lookout for a message if you want to redeem your prize.

To participate in the tournament, simply complete a game of Spider-Man on Pinball FX2 For Xbox LIVE® Arcade.

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Special thanks to our friends at Marvel Entertainment and Mighty Fine for contributing to the prize packs!”

A big thanks to Games Radar for the pic up top!

Pinball FX2 – Captain America Pinball Table

Somehow this particular Marvel Comics Pinball FX2 table flew in low under my radar and if I hadn’t been looking over some of our readers various Pinball scores I never would have known that Captain America had been released for Xbox Live!

Zen Studios has really been doing just an amazing job with the Pinball FX2 line of tables and of the Marvel Comics pinball I think this is the best one, hands down. From Zen Studios press release:

“Set in the classic World War II environment inspired by Ed Brubaker’s Captain America 65th Anniversary Special, the table engages Cap, Bucky and members of the Howling Commandos in a full assault on Baron Zemo’s castle, where Zemo’s Death Ray and canisters of Adhesive X must be neutralized. As the game progresses, Cap will need to free his friends in the Howling Commandos and defeat several low-level missions as he works to confront the Sleeper before taking the Cosmic Cube from the Red Skull in the final battle.

The Captain America table follows richly detailed designs and offers another action-packed adventure to the critically acclaimed Marvel Pinball tables already available. For the latest Marvel Pinball news and more details on the Captain America table, visit www.marvelpinball.com.”

Does this mean we shall choose Captain America as the next Retroist Pinball Challenge…could be…stay tuned.

Retroist Pinball Challenge #1: Completed!

Friends, the first Retroist Pinball Challenge, which featured the Pinball FX2 Iron Man table has been completed and I dare say the winning score is completely jaw-dropping. The recipient of the High-Score Pinball crown and the 1600 Microsoft Point code goes to HeathenSauce with a more than impressive 136,056,866 points!

Please join me in a round of applause for HeathenSauce and his pinball skills, he is the 19th best player on the Iron Man table…in the world! I believe a bit of music is in order for that feat!

Retroist Pinball Challenge: Iron Man

Friends, the Retroist Game Room Challenge has finally returned as well as mutated just a teensy bit, we are now expanding the Challenge to the incredible Pinball FX2 selection of tables on the Xbox Live Arcade. For our first Pinball Challenge we are going with the Marvel Comic’s Iron Man themed table!

The rules are the same as the Game Room Challenge, make sure you are in my friends list on Xbox Live, my gamertag is Unicron2005, later this evening I will begin to send out the challenges on the table. After 7 days whichever Video Warrior has the high-score will also get the High Score Crown for bragging rights and a 1600 Microsoft Point Code!