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Coinless Pinball: The Mysterious Front Portion of Turner Pinball’s Ninja Eclipse Machine Revealed

Two days ago, Turner Pinball shared a teaser photo of its upcoming first pinball machine, Ninja Eclipse, with the front portion hidden behind a sign that said...


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TO BE REVEALED SOON


Well, here's the reveal. I'm getting some of this second hand and the official Turner Pinball Expo seminar is not until tomorrow Friday, October 20th at 2:00 PM. They do have quite a bit of information on their new innovations on their website (see below).


No it's not a Pinbar as many had speculated. It's Coinless Pinball, at least that's what I'm calling it. Ninja Eclipse does not have a Coin Door. Instead, it has two buttons in the front. The machines use the Turner Pinball's new "PinAccess" app to change the settings of the game and its "PinPay" system for players to pay for games.


The Ninja Eclipse cabinet is unique in that the glass is hinged. It flips up, attached to the back and can be pulled out and detached if necessary along with the apron. The glass release mech is under the front of the machine.


Turner just opened up the pre-order section of its website. The Company is taking $150 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposits now for machines that are expected to ship in "Spring 2024." Ninja Eclipse is priced at $9,777. Production is limited to 100 "First Edition" units.


Below is a bunch of information on the game from Turner's website:


"CABINET FEATURES

Our pinball cabinet redefines the gaming experience. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, we've prioritized accessibility, serviceability, and portability, surpassing all precedents. Every facet of our design exudes ultra-premium quality.


  • RGB Lighting on Glass Frame*

  • Removable Glass Frame*

  • Removable Backbox*

  • Backless Backglass*

  • Self-Supporting Removable Playfield*

  • Skill Adjustable Variable Ball Launch*

  • Custom Edge Protecting Legs

  • RGB Start and Launch Buttons

  • Sleek Slimline Cabinet Design

  • Premium Sound with 5" Coaxial Speakers

  • Powerful 6" Subwoofer


PLAYFIELD FEATURES

Our playfield is brimming with dynamic shots and state-of-the-art mechanisms. One standout feature is the exhilarating kickback sequence: from scoop to scoop, leading directly to the upper flipper shot, setting players up for a thrilling assault on Oni Nisshoku's formidable fortress.

  • Five Custom Scultps

  • Three Ramps

  • Three Flippers

  • Three Ball Physical Lock

  • Two Smart Drop Targets

  • Two Spinners

  • Two Diverters

  • Two Pop Bumpers

  • Two VUKs/Scoops

  • One Spinning Disk

  • One Outlane Kickback

  • One Newton Ball

  • One Magnet


GAMEPLAY FEATURES

Our ruleset is meticulously crafted to cater to both the budding enthusiast and the seasoned pinball veteran. Whether you're just diving into the world of pinball or have years of flippers expertise, our game aims to provide an unmatched experience tailored to every skill level.

  • Eight Boss Modes

  • Four Mini-Modes

  • Eight Skill Trees

  • One Multiball

  • Two Wizard Modes


PINACCESS™ ENABLED

All Turner Pinball™ machines are PinAccess™ Enabled. This provides a ton of great features directly from the PinAccess™ app on your mobile device.

  • Owners can Access and Adjust Machine Settings*

  • Scan to Login and Store High Scores and Achievements*

  • Access Global Leaderboards and Community

  • Use PinPay™ for Instant Electronic Payments*

  • Set your Mobile Device on the Apron and use

Visit PinAccess.com for more details."


Has anyone at Expo has a chance to play the latest iteration of Ninja Eclipse yet? Does anyone have any more info on the machine? I'd love to find out more.



















Below is a link to a sample of the backstory comic for Ninja Eclipse:


Japan, long ago.

It is a time of legend, when mighty lords wage wars of conquest with their samurai armies, and hired ninja assassins strike from the shadows.


In still darker places, supernatural yokai and oni creatures wander the night and look upon the human realm with hungry eyes...



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Kanti Dinda
Kanti Dinda
23 oct 2023

I played it. It shoots pretty well.


Make it a home pin only, cut the price to $5000 and get rid of 2 buttons on the sides (currently 4) and I think it could sell. Add a coin mech option for $500 for operators instead of the NFC payment.

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Hi Kanti, thanks for playing our game at Expo. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


You are not alone in equating a smaller cabinet to a "home pin". This release isn't intended as such, and if folks are willing to set aside preconceived notions, I hope they can see that the quality of the components in our build falls between what is normally found in premium to limited edition machines. Hopefully in time we can help remove the stigma associated with a slimline cabinet as there are numerous other benefits. Time will tell.


We announced at Expo, and will be releasing, a standard Arcade Edition for those that want the traditional cabinet with a coin door. Please stay tuned for photos…

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Does anyone think that app will keep running for the next 30 years? You'll have to sell the machine with your iPhone relic circa 2023 to make this work.

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Hi Clement, thanks for the comment. Our machine has no dependency whatsoever on the app to function. All machine functions and maintenance can be performed without the app as on a normal machine. However, I think most customers will find that the convenience of configuring the machine with a touchscreen will be unmatched. We will be releasing more videos and walkthroughs of how to use the app with the machine so our messaging on this is clear.

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Chris Campbell
Chris Campbell
23 oct 2023

To mention the hinged playfield glass, to clarify it is thin plexiglass...at $9777 can't recognize where the value is in its structure. I did enjoy the feature game play.

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Hi Chris, I'm very sorry to hear you didn't see the value in our glass frame assembly, but glad that you enjoyed the game play.


On the topic of plexiglass, it may not be obvious, but abrasion resistant low glare plexiglass costs about 5x what normal tempered glass costs. It has numerous benefits including lower weight and high strength. With respect to a removable glass frame, I think it is the only reasonable choice as normal glass is just too heavy. Our entire frame, plexiglass, apron, and integrated RGB lighting, weights almost exactly what just a normal piece of glass weighs (about 15.5 lbs).


For those that prefer a traditional cabinet, coin door, and tempered glass, we are offering our…

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I’m pulling for new pinball companies. I want Turner to succeed, and it looks like there’s some good ideas here. But it’s hard to see the no-coin-door/proprietary-payment thing as anything other than an attempt to skim money from users/operators down the line. Prediction: they’ll either abandon it, or they won’t sell games. Business level: -5.

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Thanks for the comment. As I mentioned in my talk at Expo, we will be releasing an Arcade Edition of our machine that will have a traditional cabinet and coin door. For those that aren't ready to make the leap, they will have that option available. Thus far, our reservations are predominately for our new cabinet style. Customers vote with their dollars and it will be interesting to see what happens.

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Scott W.
Scott W.
20 oct 2023

Got a chance to play it and talk to a couple people from Turner. The art and animations are really good, looks like Mulan story board art. Main flippers felt good, but the bottom button on both sides felt hard to reach, the third flipper was set to the right lower button. Also the ball launch button is in an awkward spot on the front panel, not where other games such as P3 or Medieval Madness have them. It has a cool shot to the spinner on the left side between the pop and scoop. Not sure if adjustments are needed, but a ball in the right scoop would get sent across the playfield to the left scoop, almost like…

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Hi Scott, thanks so much for playing our game at Expo! I'm really glad you liked the art and animations. Our team put a lot of hard work into making this game great.


Based on feedback from Expo, we are working to make the button placement a little more ergonomic for our final production cabinet. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on that.


The scoop to scoop shot is intentional. It goes outlane kickback > right scoop > left scoop > upper flipper. It is meant to symbolize a ninja wall jump.


Thanks again!

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