Stiq Figures, March 24 - 30: Pinball wizard edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter.

Okay, so I'm a pinball enthusiast, not a wizard. I've always loved trying out new pinball tables whenever I come across them, but before I outgrew allowances, my quarters usually landed in The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Metal Slug cabinets. At least I knew better than to empty my savings trying to beat Gauntlet, I guess.

Now that I'm old enough to associate quarters with laundry money instead of arcades, I really miss coming across those machines. Sure, there's a great digital pinball hall in Pinball FX 2, but nothing's going to replace looming over a physical pinball machine, spewing unintelligible vitriol after losing a ball to a gutter for the hundredth time.

It's more rare to come across a table these days, but at least I've still got great memories from when arcades were at their prime. My dad and I poured a small fortune into the Addams Family and Terminator 2 tables, and since I grew up watching The Simpsons, trying that table out was bliss. I liked what I managed to play of the South Park machine too, until my grandmother figured out what was going on and dragged me away.

I won't pass up my next chance to visit a pinball exhibit, and when I do find one, I'm going to try the tables I've never touched before. It'd be great if you shared your personal favorites in the comments so I have a clue of what to head for. Or you could just check the Japanese hardware sales data after the break and leave me to waste my money on awful tables. That's an option too, I guess.

3DS LL: 52,124 [UP] 23,833
Vita: 39,752 [UP] 4,378
PS4: 23,327 [DOWN] 6,874
PS3: 17,154 [UP] 1,699
Wii U: 13,026 [UP] 3,044
3DS: 12,508 [UP] 523
PSP: 4,206 [UP] 643
Vita TV: 2,115 [UP] 361
Xbox 360: 304 [UP] 16
[Image: ZEN Studios]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.