Star Wars Pinball on Nintendo Switch

Ahead of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration event, Zen Studios has announced that Star Wars Pinball will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch. The compilation game will feature all 19 tables Zen Studios developed for its pinball simulator, Pinball FX3, and will release as a digital add-on via Nintendo’s eShop, as well as physically as Star Wars Pinball.

The game will include tables based on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One and Solo, as well as the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. The Switch edition is also getting all-new modes, including the “community-based” Galactic Struggle, which, according to Star Wars’ official website, “allows players to contribute points to the light or dark side,” as well as a new Career mode, which gives players the option of working up their role as a Jedi or Sith.

Zen Studios’ creative director Chris Baker also revealed how Star Wars Pinball will utilize the Switch’s hardware:

As anyone who has ever played Pinball FX3 will tell you, pinball titles from Zen work amazingly well vertically. I personally like to switch things up between horizontal and vertical modes, but for a lot of people, once they try vertical, they just can’t go back. It gets even better if you have a peripheral like Fangamer’s FlipGrip that makes playing vertically much more ergonomically pleasing. Ultimately, it just feels more realistic to play vertically, as pinball itself is a much “taller” game than it is a “wide” one. When you throw in HD Rumble to literally shake things up at key moments, it really does feel like you’re holding your own personal mini-pinball table.

Read the full interview with Baker, as well as a slew of pinball-related screenshots, over at StarWars.com. Star Wars Pinball releases on the Nintendo Switch on Sept. 13, 2019.

Kevin Cortez
Kevin is a writer with bylines at Genius, Ambrosia for Heads, Mass Appeal, Leafly and EARMILK. He plays video games in his spare time.

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