The Beatles Store is making available to super fans what some believe will be the most expensive pinball machine of all time. The game centers on 1964—a record-breaking year for the group, which at one point simultaneously held the Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 positions on the chart.
Billed as “the first and only Beatles pinball machine ever made!” the limited-edition game is being produced in collaboration with Stern Pinball Inc. and Ka-Pow. Only 1,964 (get it?) will be released. There will be 100 Diamond editions, 250 Platinum editions, and 1,614 Gold editions. A release date has yet to be announced.
According to Arcade Heroes, “This game has been designed with a classic look and feel to it, following a similar pattern used in games before they had ramps, toys and other fancy things. It features four flippers, a playfield spinning disc with a magnet, eleven drop targets, the full-colour LCD screen and a classic bell sound for a vertical spinner.”
Check out a video of the game HERE.
It’s unclear at this point how much the games will cost, but sources told Arcade Heroes that the Diamond Edition “could be the most expensive pinball machine of all time.”
The Beatles made history on April 4, 1964, when they topped the charts with five hits: “Can’t Buy Me Love” (#1), “Twist and Shout” (# 2), “She Loves You” (# 3), “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (# 4) and “Please Please Me” (# 5). Their record-breaking feat took place following a visit to the United States the month prior.
In 2017, the world’s most expensive pinball machine was Magic Girl. Only about two dozen machines were produced, and each one cost $16,000. It features custom artwork by well-known pinball artists as opposed to images copied from TV shows or films. Magic Girl was created by Canadian pinball machine designer John Popadiuk.