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Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection - Nintendo 3DS

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Coming at you in vivid 3D, the award winning pinball franchise is back! Snap back that plunger and get those thumbs ready for some serious flipper action in Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection. With true-to-life recreations of the hottest games from the 70's, 80's and 90's, you can go full tilt ahead with the legends - all in stunning 3D. And with authentic game play, thrilling sound effects, and amazingly realistic physics, you'll swear you've been transported back to the glory days of pinball.

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ASIN B004Q4PE3O
Release date September 20, 2011
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4.0 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #16,579 in videogames
#401 in Video Games > Nintendo 3DS > Games
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Product Dimensions 4.9 x 0.5 x 5.4 inches
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By Michael Portuesi on September 30, 2011
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I've played this title a lot on the Wii, so I was looking forward to the 3DS version.

I'm not bothered by the fact there's only 7 tables on this version, compared to the home consoles. This version has Taxi, Space Shuttle, Pinbot, Gorgar, Whirlwind, Funhouse, and Black Knight. The Wii version has ten tables, including Jive Time, Firepower, and Sorcerer which are not in this collection.

The two things which really make this collection less than what it could be are:

1) The graphics are dark. Really dark. As in you need to play it in a dark room, even with the 3DS brightness on max. I find myself squinting to try to see the board. I don't know what went wrong here. Maybe the game developers did all their work on an emulator or something, and never saw the game running on actual 3DS hardware until the last minute. This is the biggest problem with the game.

2) As another reviewer noted, the game runs at 30 fps rather than 60. I usually don't care too much about frame rate in video games, but here's a case where 60 fps is critical. When the ball moves super-fast due to bouncing or ricocheting off a bumper, there are times when I lose track of the ball onscreen due to the lack of fluidity in the graphics. That is a real killer in pinball. I never have this problem with the Wii version. Some of the camera modes alleviate this problem, but it's still there. There are some 3DS games which run in 30fps when they are in 3D, but go up to 60 when you turn the 3D off. I think something like that would really have helped here.

The games are still fun to play, but I find the experience frustrating sometimes for these two reasons compared to the Wii version.
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As this game has come out before on multiple platforms, I wanted to point out the major differences between this and the Wii/PSP/360 versions, which I've played obsessively.

-- There are only 7 boards. The game does not include Jive Time, Arabian Knights, Medeval Madness, or No Good Gofers, which were included in other versions of the game.
-- The game runs at 30fps, half the frame rate of all the other versions (including PSP).
-- The 3D effect is very good. During the menus the tables "pop out" of the screen, which is very jarring (most games draw into the screen rather than out). In-game it looks very good, though.
-- You can turn the 3DS upside down to play the game upside down. I have no idea why you would ever want to do this.
-- The game is VERY dark. I don't know why. I feel like I want to squint half the time. Just hit the "Home" button on the 3DS to see the huge contrast between in-game and the 3DS's dashboard. It's hard to see the graphics, even on the 3DS's highest brightness level. I don't know why this wasn't addressed or why nobody caught this as it's the biggest problem with the game.
-- The interface is cluttered and doesn't look very good on the lower screen.

That being said, this is still one of the best pinball sims ever made, and the table selection is still good. For home versions I recommend the PS3 or 360 versions, which are utterly gorgeous (running at 1080p!), and for the go I recommend the PSP version (the PSP still has higher resolution than the 3DS). I really hope Farsight puts their efforts into making some new sims based on Williams's gigantic backlog as opposed to half-hearted ports like this one.
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Bought this, popped it in my 3ds while I was sitting in my car in the parking lot, couldn't even see the darned thing it was so dark. Don't plan to play this in the daytime in a car.
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If you are into pinball the way it used to be played where you could bump the machine to exert more control on the ball and work to avoid "TILT" you will enjoy this pinball game set. I have several pinball games on my 3DS that I downloaded from Nintendo but this game card is my favorite by far. If you like pinball I highly recommend it.
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I thought it necessary to write a review on this title as I felt some of the others here were less than accurate. I love the Wii version of this game so I thought getting a version to play on the go or more accurately, when I was too lazy to want to sit upright, would be a good follow up.

So let's get one thing straight - it's a portable version of a console game. Anybody who thinks that a portable version of a console game is going to have all the same features and graphical power are in most cases being hopelessly optimistic. I have heard that the PSP version is better and it may be true, but if you're looking at reviews of this it likely means that you chose Nintendo over Sony so hearing people tell you that it's better on PSP won't help you.

Let's take a look at the pros.

For starters, it's a fun game, easily the best portable Pinball game I've played, second only to possibly its PSP counterpart. The game uses real pinball tables from Williams, arguably the greatest pinball machine manufacturers of all time. The tables' periods span from 1979 to 1990. As a result, the games are simpler than modern tables so its easy to keep track of the rules and goals, but they are challenging enough to keep even experienced pinball wizards busy. There are also in-game instructions for each table if you're new to the games or just need a refresher.

Much like the console versions of the game, it enjoys realistic, believable physics that would be seen on a real pinball table. The graphics look basically the same, not suffering from looking too polygonal like portable versions often do.
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