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Mother’s Day Deals are Here!

Get your pins ready for Mother’s Day! (Sunday May 8th)There is no better way to spend Mother’s Day than playing pinball with your PIN-MOM!Surprise her this year with cool gifts from Marco Pinball. For Orders Over $99 Free Domestic Shipping &$10 Off International Shipping COUPON CODE: PIN-MOM22 Codes are CASE-SENSITIVE, use all caps to activate! Domestic orders receive USPS/FEDEX GROUND shipping. Make sure to click the “USPS Priority” option to get your shipment before Mother’s Day! For International orders, input code on International Checkout Page. Offer valid from Sunday 5/1/22 – Tuesday 5/3/22 at 11:59PM PT  

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APRIL LOCATION OF THE MONTH:

FORT WAYNE PINBALL WIZARD’S WORLD ARCADE This Month’s “Location of the Month” is Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard’s World Arcade. They are located at 14613 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne IN 46818 where they currently have 136 Pinball machines. And, their team is presently working toward expanding the collection to well over 200 pinball machines before their big Wizard’s World War tournament in June.  In 2021 Fort Wayne was excited to host 108 players, gave away a brand New Stern Pinball machine, along with loads of cash prizes. Mike is set out to build a World Class Championship Pinball Venue that host read more…

APRIL TECH OF THE MONTH: RYAN MCNAMARA

Meet Ryan McNamara, located in Burbank, Illinois working under Midnight Arcade Repair & Service who has been repairing and tech-ing for 15 years now. Q: How did you first get into the hobby? Did you jump right into repairing machines or did you learn under someone else? Not one to mince words, Ryan said: “Worked for an old family friend and learned from others. “ Q: Some techs have a particular aspect they really enjoy working on or they have a specialized set of skills (ie: boards, EMs, new Sterns, restoring cabinet art, etc) — do you specialize in something? or read more…

Texas Pinball Festival 2022 Recap

For the first time in three years at the embassy suites in Frisco Texas with over 50 vendors, 25 events and  400 pinball machines, the Texas pinball festival was back…and is back. Stick with me and we’re going to relive the excitement of this terrific show. I love the potential of an empty hall. The ability and the hard work it takes to fill a space with over 400 pinball machines, merch booths and humans is really admirable and astonishing. The Marco crew arrived to a very empty hall on Thursday, very early in the morning with an empty space read more…

Location of the Month – March 2022

March LOCATION OF THE MONTH: Pinball Palace This Month’s Location of the Month is Pinball Palace, truly looking like a castle in Brunswick, Georgia. Open 7 days a week with nearly 90 pinball machines available, plus arcades, air hockey, a bounce room and more! Q: When did you get into the pinball business? A: “We have been open just over 4 years and I have been an arcade, pinball, video game fan most my life! I started collecting pins in my home and when I ran out of room there, I opened the arcade. Q: When did you open this read more…

Technician of the Month – March 2022

MARCH TECH OF THE MONTH: MATTHEW MANDARANO Meet Matthew Mandarano, located in North Carolina working under Carolina Pinball Repair and a full time technician at Abari Game Bar located at in Charlotte, NC. He re-found this hobby in 2011 and began repairing machines in 2013. I would seek them out and put some quarters in any pin I came across. While my contemporaries were playing TMNT, The Simpsons, X-Men, Mortal Kombat, etc. I was the weird kid in the corner playing the pinball machines. Q: How did you first get into the hobby? “My best friend’s dad was big into read more…

Restorer of the Month – February 2022

This month’s laborer of love is Randy Walker – located in Maryville, TN between Knoxville, TN and the Smokey Mountains. A long time repair tech, Randy has begun to delve deeper into the restoration side of this hobby. I have only been doing [repair/restoration work] professionally for 3 years. Before that is was just for myself and a few friends Q: When did you get into actually restoring machines? A: “Well, I have been repairing and restoring pins for about 30 years. But I have only been doing it professionally for 3 years. Before that is was just for myself read more…

INDISC 2022 Recap

This year, the return of It Never Drains in South California (INDISC for short) created so much excitement that the Thursday Targeted Matchplay with 120 available spots sold out in less than 30 seconds. The hole created by the loss of Pinburgh has left many pinball players and enthusiasts scrambling to fill that spot with other events and shows – which INDISC has provided! This year the venue changed to the Convention Center in Riverside, CA and was run in conjunction with the Festival of Fights (an FGC weekend event ran in the larger ballroom next door). There was a read more…