Date: 9th July 2024

Stern Pinball today revealed the highly-anticipated black-and-white 70th Anniversary Edition of their popular Godzilla game.

The left side of the 70th Anniversary Edition
The left side of the 70th Anniversary Edition

Priced at $9,699, this is a Premium-level release, sticking with the company’s promise not to produce subsequent Limited Edition models after the initial release. As a result, there is no restriction on the number of 70th Anniversary Edition machines Stern Pinball can produce.

The front of the 70th Anniversary Edition
The front of the 70th Anniversary Edition

The cabinet and backbox artwork are monochromatic with just the 70th Anniversary logo sporting any colour. It gains a matching red backbox trim and red flipper buttons.

The right side of the 70th Anniversary Edition
The right side of the 70th Anniversary Edition

Although not a Limited Edition, the cabinet and backbox artwork is a monochromatic version of the left-side and cabinet front art from the original Limited Edition. Unlike that initial release though, the left and right cabinet and backbox sides of the 70th Anniversary Edition are just mirror images of each other (with the exception of the 70th Anniversary logo, or course). They do feature a brushed metallic finish though. The translite image is a reworked version of the design used in the original Limited Edition.

The playfield is based on the Premium/Limited Edition with a full monochromatic 70th Anniversary treatment to the artwork, decals and plastics, including the flipper bats which become white as opposed to the original yellow. The playfield inserts and billboard LEDs maintain their original colours though.

The playfield from the 70th Anniversary Edition
The playfield from the 70th Anniversary Edition
Even Godzilla himself loses his colour
Even Godzilla himself loses his colour
The Godzilla, bridge and building all get the black-and-white treatment
The Godzilla, bridge and building all get the black-and-white treatment
The playfield plastics are also reworked in black-and-white
The playfield plastics are also reworked in black-and-white
The 70th Anniversary bottom apron
The 70th Anniversary bottom apron
The 70th Anniversary bottom apron
The 70th Anniversary bottom apron
The playfield inserts and billboard LEDs retain their colours
The playfield inserts and billboard LEDs retain their colours
The full playfield with inserts lit
The full playfield with inserts lit
Fortunately, Mechagodzilla was always monochrome anyway
Fortunately, Mechagodzilla was always monochrome anyway
The Drake Industries building has lost what little colour it used to have
The Drake Industries building has lost what little colour it used to have
The top part of the playfield
The top part of the playfield
The 70th Anniversary model plaque
The 70th Anniversary model plaque

Here’s how Stern Pinball announced their latest release:

CHICAGO, IL – July 9, 2024 – Today, in honor of the 70th Anniversary of Godzilla, renowned gaming and entertainment company, Stern Pinball, Inc., has announced some exciting updates for fans of the iconic King of the Monsters, including a new Godzilla 70th Anniversary Premium Edition pinball machine and content enhancements across all machines.

One of Stern’s most popular, monster-packed pinball adventures, the Godzilla Pinball Machine allows players to progress through the game as Godzilla, fighting with their allies, Mothra, Rodan, and Anguirus, to battle the Xilien invasion and conquer Mechagodzilla to become King of the Monsters!
To celebrate this platinum anniversary, the team at Stern has created a special 70th Anniversary Premium Edition version of their Godzilla pinball machine. A dynamic black and white edition, the pinball game features special foil greyscale decals on the cabinet, new greyscale color toys and special backglass artwork to commemorate the special anniversary. Godzilla 70th Anniversary Premium Editions will be available worldwide.

Godzilla’s 70th anniversary is a huge milestone for the time-honored franchise,” said Seth Davis, President and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “In a continuing partnership with Toho, we’re thrilled to be a part of the global celebration by providing an all-new product and content update for all fans to enjoy.”

For Godzilla fans looking for even more kaiju-fighting fun, Stern has created an adrenaline-inducing software update available for all existing models of the game. The update introduces the King of the Monsters via a Challenge Mode. The King of the Monsters Challenge can be accessed through the game mode menu, and features the same standard mode rules as the original Wizard Mode. Players can also compete for the top score in a new ‘High Score To Date’ table added exclusively for this challenge mode.

Pricing and Availability: 
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”)*:
*MSRP for sales to USA end-users before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.

Godzilla 70th Anniversary Premium Edition:                                                   $US 9,699

Godzilla 70th Anniversary Premium Edition, along with existing Godzilla Premium Edition and Pro Edition games, and accessories are available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world, found here. Stay up to date by following Stern Pinball on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok.

About Godzilla Pinball            
In this monster-packed pinball adventure, players become Godzilla! The evil aliens, the Xiliens, use mind control rays to take control of the monsters King Ghidorah, Gigan, Megalon, Ebirah, and Titanosaurus. The Xiliens are demanding all of Earth’s resources. Godzilla and its allies, Mothra, Rodan, and Anguirus, battle the Xilien invasion with the goal of conquering Mechagodzilla to become King of the Monsters!  To learn more about Stern Pinball’s Godzilla Editions, please visit https://sternpinball.com/game/godzilla/

About Insider Connected
Insider Connected is a comprehensive technology initiative to connect the universe of Stern pinball games. The platform increases player engagement with the games across commercial and home environments.

Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com/ or in the Insider Connected App on iOS and Android. Players can also register at a connected game by scanning a registration QR code on the machine. Once a player registers, they are issued a unique QR Code that identifies that player at Stern pinball games anywhere in the world. When a player scans into the game, they can track progress, earn new game-specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.

About Stern Pinball, Inc. 
Stern Pinball, Inc. creates compelling entertainment that inspires a lifetime love of games, sparks passion, forges friendships, and connects people everywhere through fun, innovative, technologically advanced pinball games, and experiences.  Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise.  Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.

Recent Stern Pinball titles include John Wick, JAWS, Venom, Foo Fighters, James Bond, Rush, Godzilla, The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man.  A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games, from professional pinball players competing in high-stakes global competitions to novice players discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time.  To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.
Stern Pinball’s press release for their Godzilla 70th Anniversary Edition

Coinciding with the 70th Anniversary Edition’s release, a new software update for all Godzilla models adds a new The King of the Monsters Challenge available through the game mode menu. The update isn’t, at the time of writing, available through Stern Pinball’s website, but no doubt will be soon.

There is also a promotional video for the new release. Here it is:

The 70th Anniversary Edition of Godzilla is expected to start production next week and be delivered to distributors and buyers soon after.

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