pachinko machines are pop culture.
The machines I've seen advertised have mostly featured crossovers with Japanese properties like Kamen Rider, Evangelion, pro wrestling, AKB 48, etc. Recently I saw a poster for something that caught my eye - a Batman machine. It's not surprising that out of the thousands of candidates for Western licensed properties, Batman was chosen. There are a good number of fans in Japan, which has a 50-year-plus history of producing some really interesting Batman goods.
Here's a look at a poster with Batman and a bunch of other machines:
|A clue that the machine features the cowled one along with plenty of villains.|
|Quite a lot goes into developing one of these, from the console itself to the gameplay, animation, etc. This machine costs 20 yen per go. That doesn't sound like much, but it sure does go!|
|The video is a story that slowly progresses as you play.|
|Game play instructions, which you might need since these games are becoming more and more complex.|
|Here's a nice look at the characters in the game.|