A Beatles pinball machine has been announced by The Beatles Store, and it could potentially be the most expensive machine of all time according to sources.
The machine will be centred around The Beatles record-breaking year of 1964, when they held the Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 chart positions at the same time. There will be a total of 1,964 of the limited-edition Beatlemania machines released, thanks to a collaboration between Stern Pinball Inc. and Ka-Pow Pinball.
There will be 100 Diamond editions, 250 Platinum editions and 1,614 Gold editions on sale, but a release date is yet to be announced.
An article by Arcade Heroes on the machines said: “This game has been designed with a classic look and feel to it, following a similar pattern used in games before they had ramps, toys and other fancy things. It features four flippers, a playfield spinning disc with a magnet, eleven drop targets, the full color LCD screen and a classic bell sound for a vertical spinner.”
The article noted that while "pricing has not been revealed yet, after posting this I received a couple of messages from different people ‘in the know’ suggesting that the Diamond Edition could be the most expensive pinball machine of all time. We’ll see for certain once Stern unveils the prices.”
The Beatles charting on 4th April 1964 still remains a one-of-a-kind in music history, with 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'Twist and Shout', 'She Loves You', 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' and 'Please Please Me' all taking out the Top 5 positions.
Watch the preview video for the pinball machines above.