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Doctor Strange Table on the Way to Zen Pinball 2

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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Zen Pinball 2 is a title that offers plenty of excellent tables on Wii U, with various individual options and sets that can be picked up. That DLC model opens up the possibilities for more content, of course, and it seems that Zen Studios is keen to keep Wii U owners in the loop.

The studio has confirmed that it's bringing a Doctor Strange table to its Marvel range, stating the following in a press release:

The greatest powers of the occult, both from our own world and the darkest dimensions in existence, are combining their forces to take over Earth. And only one man can stop them – Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme! With the help of the beautiful Clea and his faithful servant Wong, the Master of the Mystic Arts faces his greatest challenge ever in Doctor Strange pinball, the newest addition to the Marvel Pinball library.

Strange’s rival sorcerer Baron Mordo has called upon the demonic forces of the Dread Dormammu and the Fear Lord, Nightmare, all part of his plot to assume the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme for himself. Meanwhile, Shuma-Gorath, the Lord of Chaos, resides in the background with nefarious plans of his own…

The table is listed for a December release, with the Wii U included as a target platform. Check out the trailer below and let us know whether you plan to add this to your Zen Pinball collection.

[via zenstudios.presscentre.com]

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Angelic_Lapras_King

#3

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

How about adding some older tables from the PS360 and other versions too?

Still, maybe they'll do another sale on tables as well to celebrate...

ULTRA-64

#4

ULTRA-64 said:

I honestly didn't think people played pinball still! I know the tables are collectable but I've never played a pinball video game....I did download the demo so I'll have to try it out!?!

Donjwolf

#5

Donjwolf said:

I'm sick of Marvel. They haven't made an original non-licensed table in ages now :/

Ultra-64, if you've never played a pinball game ever, I suggest you try out The Pinball Arcade before Zen Pinball. It has recreations of real pinball tables which will help you appreciate pinball. If you liked that, then move on to more fantasy-ish Zen Pinball, where lots of tables have video-gamey elements in them.

Captain_Gonru

#8

Captain_Gonru said:

While I honestly couldn't care less about this game (sorry, I prefer by pinball in analog form), I find this release interesting, given the rumors regarding the direction they wish to take the Avengers franchise.

CaPPa

#9

CaPPa said:

Let me guess, it'll be a 360/PS3/iOS/Andoid/PS Vita/PC/Mac/XBO/PS4 release this December with the Wii U version to follow in summer 2014.

Just get the new Star Wars tables onto the Wii U first.

SMW

#11

SMW said:

I thought this said Dr. Strangelove. Oh well, wrong Doctor. :P

Rafie

#12

Rafie said:

@Donjwolf They do have original tables in the works right now. That came straight from Barbiebobomb and Solitude, 2 staff members from Zen. A Marvel table hasn't came out in almost a year. Civil War came out last year in November. This one won't drop until Dec, so it will be a year about time the launch hits.

Don't know why the complaints are rolling in. It's more tables regardless of what franchise it's from or if it's an original IP.

Rafie

#13

Rafie said:

@KnightRider666 Barbie (Zen's community manager) said that it's really difficult to develop for the 3DS. Add to that they are but a small studio, so the 3DS version won't coincide with the other platforms on release dates. Zen said that they want the 3DS fans to enjoy a working product instead of releasing something half-a#$ed and getting a negative reaction. I understand your pain though. I love having a portable 3D version of Zen and can't wait to see the others in 3D portable.

Donjwolf

#14

Donjwolf said:

@Rafie Yes, there hasn't been a new Marvel table in a year (or so), but that's not the point. There has been ONLY Marvel and/or Star Wars in a year (or so). Not a single original table has appeared for a very long time now. Zen should've spaces original tables and licensed tables better so everyone gets something. Not everyone likes the Marvel and/or Star Wars franchise. Yes, some of them would still buy the tables regardless of the theme, but not all of them will do so. I've seen comments from people who don't care for Marvel and didn't buy the packs. They purchased the original tables in the 'old days' and are merely waiting for more to pop up, but as you can see it's taking very long to do so. I KNOW they are still making original tables, but it seems a very low priority for them at the moment. I have lots of Marvel tables myself, but I'm getting pretty tired of the franchise, and I don't care at all for Marvel. I just want more original tables again. That isn't a hard concept to grasp.

Rafie

#16

Rafie said:

@Donjwolf I didn't say it was a hard concept to grasp nor did I say I had difficulty grasping it. Like you said, there are some who don't care for Marvel, like you, and then there's others that do. Keep in mind that Zen does have a contract with these respective giants and who knows that contractual litigation and/or red tape this entails. They (Zen) may have to release for more tables to be pushed out. I'm not saying this is true, but who really knows what's in those contracts. What I do know is that it takes Zen 6-9 months to build these tables from the ground up with all voice work and DMD implementation included.

I do share your concern about original tables coming sooner than later, however, I understand that Zen is a small studio and I sympathize with their dilemma to try to cater to everyone.

LittleIrves

#17

LittleIrves said:

@Rafie Good points, all. What I really want to know is: What's the latest on Pinball Arcade Wii U? You've usually got your ear to the ground. I'm aching for some GamePad Theatre of Magic over here...

KnightRider666

#18

KnightRider666 said:

@Rafie: Half a$$? You mean like the Star wars one w/ non functioning leader boards that make the game crash when you try to use them? Too late, they've already done it.

Rafie

#19

Rafie said:

@LittleIrves Unfortunately FarSight has been quiet about the Wii U version. Back in August FarSight released a statement in Facebook saying that the Wii U version will be out "before the end of the year". So no confirmed date as of now. I'm ready for some Monster Bash right now. Lol FS also said that the Wii U version is better than the PS3 and 360 version. We'll see!

Rafie

#20

Rafie said:

@KnightRider666 It's unfortunate, but those are just one of the types of problems I'm talking about. The Wii U's leaderboards are shotty as well. I hope they correct it soon with a patch.

LittleIrves

#21

LittleIrves said:

@Rafie Thanks... hmm, I bet the Wii U version releases at the same time as the PS4 version, which I believe is at launch, so around 11/15? To consolidate marketing resources. That's my very uninformed guess. Hope the Nintendo community comes out and supports it, even if the game's coming out waaaay later than on other systems.

Sean_Aaron

#23

Sean_Aaron said:

Doctor Strange is my fave Marvel Character so I'm all over it, though I rarely play Zen Pinball.

Rafie

#24

Rafie said:

@LittleIrves Man I certainly hope so. I have enough funds in my eshop wallet to accommodate all 18 packs. So hopefully FarSight will have some sort of discount for the Wii U, like they will for the 360, to help this console catch up to the other platforms for the tables.

Oh yes, Monster Bash was one of my favorite tables as a teen. Now I can play it all time. I have TPA on the PS3, IPad, Vita, and 360. So yes I'll be dipping again. Especially since this is suppose to be the definitive version until the TPA for the PS4 drops.

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