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Zen Pinball 2 Launches Into North America on 21st March

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The wait is nearly over

Every week with Nintendo Download updates for both North America and Europe, there are games that are eagerly awaited and seem to be perpetually missing. It can be frustrating, but one wait being endured by North American Wii U owners is almost at an end — Zen Studios has confirmed that Zen Pinball 2 will arrive on the Wii U eShop on 21st March.

The content will be the same as the European release, detailed below:

  • Zen Classic Pack featuring Tesla, El Dorado, V12 and Shaman
  • Marvel Pinball featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Iron Man
  • Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles featuring Marvel’s The Avengers, Infinity Gauntlet, World War Hulk, and Fear Itself
  • Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue featuring X-Men, Thor, Ghost Rider and Moon Knight
  • Individual DLC Tables: Excalibur, Earth Defense, Sorcerer’s Lair, Paranormal, Mars, Epic Quest, Plants vs. Zombies, Fantastic Four, Captain America and Civil War

There'll be free trials available of all tables — the app itself is a free download — while the packs will be $10; individual tables will set you back $3 each.

No news on the recent Star Wars tables for Wii U yet, unfortunately, but this is one "is it ever coming out!" game to take off the list in North America.

So, just how relieved are you, and do you plan to pick this up?

Thanks to Tech101 for the tip.

[via blog.zenstudios.com]

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User Comments (35)

RoryLee

#2

RoryLee said:

Too bad this is coming out after Monster Hunter 3. I'll still DL because I really enjoyed the 3DS pinball games.

LittleIrves

#6

LittleIrves said:

Enjoyed the 3DS collection but will probably just sample and DL a few individual titles. I'm no big Marvel buff so those packs don't interest me. Hopefully the Star Wars tables come eventually as that's much more in my wheelhouse.

Still anticipating Pinball Arcade much more than this, but hey, I'll take some HD fake pinball while I wait...

Dpullam

#7

Dpullam said:

I hear that the Zen Pinball series is pretty darn good. I just don't know if it is something I can get into.

DrKarl

#8

DrKarl said:

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

ohhaime

#10

ohhaime said:

Until they release some Nintendo Exclusive tables( Which I am confident will happen) I'll probably just stick with the PS3/Vita version because I already own some tables and it has cross-buy.

Zodiak13

#12

Zodiak13 said:

Buying every table day 1. Love digital pinball and this is my favorite title ever. I have it on PS3, 360 and 3ds. It's great to have them available to play whenever I feel the need, on any main system I play. If only I could get in on my Dreamcast...

Everly

#16

Everly said:

I'm confident that this is happening because Zen has been feeding us the "coming soon" line for the past 3 months. We have never seen an actual date, so I'm sure this will happen next Thursday. Although since MH3U will be released 2 days before that I'm not nearly as excited about it.

FineLerv

#18

FineLerv said:

Congrats. It's well worth the wait. Now if only Australia could get Mighty Switch Force and RunnerHD.

Darth_Pascal

#19

Darth_Pascal said:

As you can tell from my avatar, I really want the Star Wars tables. I have Zen Pinball 3D and the first tables I will buy on Wii U will be the Star Wars iterations...

PinkSpider

#22

PinkSpider said:

Seriously why are we still waiting for the Star Wars tables, it's a newer console and yet we still get put behind the Xbox 360 and PS3 and then when the new consoles get released we will be left behind for those as well. Im really getting furious as to how Nintendo just gets left out all the time

MeloMan

#23

MeloMan said:

I... thought Zen Pinball 2 was coming to 3DS... now, I'm just confused ;/

Donjwolf

#25

Donjwolf said:

Kinda sucks you guys had to wait forever to play this game when the other consoles have had all of these tables for quite a while now, and you guys don't even have Star Wars Pinball. I love my Vita for pinball goodness.

That said, Zen is still not as good as The Pinball Arcade though.

Rafie

#26

Rafie said:

@Donjwolf That's your opinion if you feel TPA is better. I love both FarSight and Zen for the pinball greatness that they bring. However, I lean towards Zen because I like the fact that they make EVERYTHING their own. That includes table design, music, voice overs and such. TPA is great for nostalgia and for those who hasn't played the old tables before...now they can virtually. Some of the best tables I've ever played is now on TPA. So I can definitely feel that. I hope FarSight submits the game to Nintendo soon. Other than that...IT'S ABOUT TIME! LOL :D

Donjwolf

#27

Donjwolf said:

Well of course it's only my opinion. I wasn't trying to 'convince' people that it's better. I lean towards TPA because I prefer simulated actual pinball to more video-gamey pinball. Most of Zen's offerings fall into the latter category, although a few of their pins are more of the former. I have and play both games, but I tend to start up TPA more often.

Dinosaurs

#28

Dinosaurs said:

Zen, Farsight, game prom, all good stuff for virtual pinball. Can't wait to get zen on the gamepad soon!

RR529

#29

RR529 said:

I don't have a Wii U, but good news for U gamers. I love Zen & Marvel on my 3DS.

@Five-seveN, just like a good puzzler, Breakout clone, ect., pinball games are great for quick pick up & play sessions, and Zen Studios makes some of the best out there.

Urbanhispanic

#30

Urbanhispanic said:

I bought Marvel Pinball 3D for the 3DS and it was better than I thought it would be. If I had a Wii U, this is one game I would download.

CaPPa

#32

CaPPa said:

Finally! I just hope that it won't be a 3 month wait for the Star Wars tables now.

Gameday

#33

Gameday said:

I really interested this , im not a big fan of pinball but every now and then i get that feeling. So this is refreshing to me

AaronB

#34

AaronB said:

I don't have it on any other system, so I'm definitely getting this. The question is which tables to buy - Plants v. Zombies is definite, and after that my top choice is Star Wars (hopefully gets confirmed soon).

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