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Zen Studios Confirms Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force DLC Pack for Fall

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Three new tables included

Zen Studios has released details on more tables to fill some of those empty spaces in Star Wars: Pinball; it's a pack of three tables called Balance of the Force. In its press release the developer has promised that the pack "will integrate seamlessly into existing Star Wars Pinball games and Zen Studios pinball platforms on digital stores", listing the Wii U version among many others.

Though no pricing details have been provided — and it's not 100% clear if you can buy these tables separately or just as DLC in addition to the main game — the Fall release window suggests that it will at least arrive soon; we wouldn't be surprised if the pack matches up with the original three-table cost of $9.99 / £7.99 / €8.99, but we'll wait and see. Fans of the franchise and a bit of pinball are sure to be intrigued, especially with the themes outlined below.

The fate of the galaxy is in your hands! Help the rebellion destroy the Sith and the fearsome Death Star in the Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi table. Aid Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, and C-3PO in their fight against the Sith in order to restore peace to the galaxy.

Pay tribute to the Dark Lord of the Sith in a table dedicated to Darth Vader. Use the dark side of the Force to mercilessly pursue the Jedi and Rebel Alliance and face off with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker.

Support the Rebel Alliance's Fleet or the Galactic Empire's Armada, as you lead your side to victory in Star Wars™: Starfighter Assault. The table features legendary Starfighters like the X-wing and TIE Fighter, and iconic vessels like the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star II.

Check out the trailer below and let us know whether you'll be forced to download this on the Wii U.

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User Comments (32)

Donjwolf

#1

Donjwolf said:

I'll get it on PS3/Vita since it's crossbuy, but probably not at launch. I doubt I'd get the money then.

purpleibby

#3

purpleibby said:

awesome, my family and I have loved the first 3 tables, will definitely be picking this one up!

bofis

#4

bofis said:

I already have the first 3 tables on my WiiU and can't wait to get more. The gamepad's triggers are the best for pinball games imo

Bilko

#6

Bilko said:

@withoutdk Well, I don't think anyone's tagging this as a system seller are they? It's 3 additional tables for a (very good) pinball game.

Donjwolf

#8

Donjwolf said:

Considering they haven't even given the 3DS version a single DLC pack yet, I feel sorry for all you guys if you don't have other systems. I'm very happy now that I brought a Vita to play all these tables on, and also The Pinball Arcade too. I pretty much gave up on waiting for these pins to come to 3DS.

withoutdk

#9

withoutdk said:

@Bilko

i know..but if wii u is to survive by 99% of games like this... then most people would go for another console..
this is probably fun enough for some time... i dont argue with that... i just want some more dedication from the devs to the wii u :(

this looks great and all...nothing about that :D

Bilko

#10

Bilko said:

I take your point, and I feel the same about the Wii U's current predicament. The system-selling big hitters are coming, I just hope they're not too late...

Rawk_Hawk

#11

Rawk_Hawk said:

Aww yeah... first the Pinball arcade has 3 new packs coming out along with T2 Judgement day and now more Star wars table! This is a great day to be a pinball fan.

Rafie

#13

Rafie said:

@Rawk_Hawk Unfortunately FarSight has reneged on their projected September time frame. It is now changed to "before the end of the year". I was really looking forward to Nintendo fans embracing the pinball tables that I grew up with. Well it's still coming. Just at a tentative time.

On topic....the Return Of The Jedi looks to be the best looking table. I can't wait for this. :D I'm a pinballaholic!

ScorpionMG

#14

ScorpionMG said:

i only bought 2 pinball tables and i love them! These are great fun with family or friends from miiverse :p

KnightRider666

#15

KnightRider666 said:

@Spoony_Tech: Yeah, they said that a while ago! 3, 6, who cares? Anything would be a plus at this point... Obviously 6 beats 3 though. I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but I could care less about what's coming to the Wii U at this point... Just gimme the goods on the 3DS, AKA Nintendo's successful system...

LightSuitGuy

#16

LightSuitGuy said:

Aw, no Jar Jar table? :P

Not even a prequel table for that matter? At least having a Darth Vader one helps.

Cosats

#19

Cosats said:

I love Zen Studio's pinball games, they're awesome but ..... please, no more cheap mono sound to your Star Wars tables background music.

RetrogamerFan

#23

RetrogamerFan said:

@Rafie Very dissapointed about the dealy to The Pinball Arcade. I hope Farsight get this out this year.
Haven't played any Star Wars Pinball for a few weeks now, can anyone confirm if the leaderboards are working properly now, and have Zen fixed the sound, which sounded scratchy/overly compressed on my set-up?
If this has been fixed, then great i will definitely get these further tables. I feel the leaderboards are integral to the experience of ZP. The on-line leaderboard issue wouldn't bother me so much if they they had more off-line goals/achievements, like the tournament mode or numerous goals found in each table in Williams/Gottlieb collections on Wii.

MussakkuLaden

#24

MussakkuLaden said:

The themes of the new tables seem even more appealing than those of the original three tables. Leaving aside the quality the gameplay may offer, Return of the Jedi seems almost as good as The Empire Strikes Back (actually, for a pinball game it may even be the more interesting choice), Darth Vader is yet more famous than Boba Fett and X-Wings and Tie-Fighters are certainly way better than The Clone Wars! ^^
However, with this strong emphasis on the original movie trilogy this time and still no table on the new trilogy of films (as the Clone Wars table was merely based on the animated series), I suppose that the next pack should have a stronger emphasis on Episode 1 to 3. Podracers would be great!

LittleIrves

#25

LittleIrves said:

@RetrogamerFan @Rafie Count me among the Pinball Arcade's disappointed Wii U fans. Am still holding out for that version, since it's the way I'd most like to play those tables, but am really hoping they get it out before the holidays. Was supposed to be a launch window release, yeah? Oh well. The Zen tables are fine, but I just don't feel the same connection with them as I do the real, physical tables I've played in person.

Rafie

#26

Rafie said:

@RetrogamerFan @LittleIrves Yeah I think the disappoint meant is shared across all planes here for the Wii U. I'm very active on both Zen's forums and Pinball Acrade Fan forums. Both respective company's staffs post on there from time to time and give us info. A question was asked on Facebook about the Wii U's release for TPA and here's the official word:

"The game is still coming out on Wii-U, it is intended for release before the end of the year. It will not have new light tech, or any real new tech for that matter (aside from use of the screen in the controller) due to the fact that it is pretty weak, resource-wise. However, the one area where we have managed to squeeze in a bit of graphical enhancements is in anisotropic texture filtering, which we've been able to squeeze a bit extra out of the hardware compared to other consoles, so the tables should look a bit smoother than the ps3 version."

At least it's going to look better than the current gen's version. It should anyway. I love Zen tables as well. I have a different enjoyment for each of them. Zen for fantasy pinball and FarSight for authenticity of the real thing. Plus that DMD on the gamepad is something I would enoy. :) I hope it's before the holidays as well.

Oh and the leaderboards haven't been ignored by Zen. They are really stretched thin and trying to accommodate everything and everyone. Especially the 3DS crowd. They are but a small studio. It's the only reason why I don't play my tables on the Wii U. I'm just waiting for the leaderboards to be fixed.

KnightRider666

#29

KnightRider666 said:

@Rafie: Not ah! Nice! Next week 3 tables for $6.99! It's a good start, let's hope we get the other 3 tables later in time as well! Thanks Brother:)

Gustoff

#31

Gustoff said:

Day 1 buy for me on the 3DS this Thursday! Can't wait! Been brushing up on my pinball skills with Marvel Pinball by Zen Studios. :)

StarDust4Ever

#32

StarDust4Ever said:

Where's my Star Wars Balance of the Force DLC??? For those of us that got the original game when it first came out, it's upsetting that they haven't released this yet. It's almost February, for cripes! :'(

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