Pachinko Fever

Pachinko Fever is an interactive Pachinko parlor and museum, where each attendee gets balls to play with for their chance to be on our leader board. Our machines represent the history and evolution of pachinko over the last 55 years with machines dating from 1961 up to 2011, so we have a machine for everyone! You can see machines currently being restored and learn the evolution of the game through the changes of technology. We are happy to teach you how to operate all our machines, so Come to Carlsen Center room 325 and play Pachinko, one of Japan’s favorite pastimes for nearly 100 years.

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About Pachinko:

A pachinko machine resembles a vertical pinball machine, but has no flippers and uses a large number of small balls. The player fires balls into the machine, which then cascade down through a dense forest of pins. If the balls go into certain locations, they may be captured and sequences of events may be triggered that result in more balls being released. The object of Pachinko is to win as many balls as possible, which are then redeemed for prizes. Pachinko machines were originally strictly mechanical, but modern ones have incorporated extensive electronics, becoming similar to video slot machines.

Pachinko Panels:

How to Play Pachinko, from Retro to Modern: CC 325 at 11:00AM
Come on up to the pachinko room for a group instruction on how to play pachinko, Japan’s favorite pastime. Going beyond just the basics, we’ll be getting into some of the finer points of how to play the game and the differences of play style for each type of machine. Come and join us and become a pachinko pro!

The History and Evolution of Pachinko: CC 325 at 3:00PM
Join us in the pachinko room for a presentation on the history of pachinko in Japan, and the cultural back-and-forth influences of the game and culture over the past hundred years or so. From the roots of the game in the late edo period, to influences from the government and even how video games and other media have influenced the game more recently. Come join us and learn more than you’ll ever need to know about Japan’s favorite game.