Earlier this morning, I wrote about how Pedretti Gaming is scheduled to reveal its next Bally / Williams pinball 2.0 kit next week. Back in February when word broke that the next kit was coming soon, I wrote an article speculating what it could be.
There's no reason to produce a 2.0 kit for a rare game because there won't be a large enough audience of potential buyers to justify putting all the work into making it. The highest production early 90s / late 80s solid state Williams games include:
Firepower (17,410 units though there already is a Firepower II)
High Speed (17,080 there's already a sequel for this game as well)
F-14 Tomcat (14,502 units)
Gorgar (14,000 units yes I realize that this was '79, but that's close)
Black Knight (13,075 I don't see this happening given how many BK sequels there are already)
Pinbot (12,001 already sequels)
Cyclone (9,400 units sort of already has sequels)
The Machine: Bride of Pinbot (8,100 units, already has a 2.0 kit)
Whirlwind (7,304 units - someone is already sort of doing a 2.0 for it, but it is unsanctioned)
Taxi (7,303 units. Potential licensing issues with the characters?)
Earthshaker (surprisingly only 5,265 units, I thought that it was more popular than that)
At the time, I guessed that the next kit might be for Firepower or Gorgar because of how many units were produced. Well, I'm changing my guess. To me the most beloved of those games today is probably Whirlwind. So sales numbers aside, I'm changing my guess to Whirlwind. Will that be the game that gets the next 2.0 kit is for? What's your guess? We'll find out in a few days.