Pachi Fever is
a site cataloging the pachinko and pachislo machines I own and the work
done to restore and maintain them. I am by no means an expert on
the subject, simply an enthusiast.
In 2005 I
bought a vintage pachinko machine at a flea market and set out to get
it cleaned up and working properly. I added a small
pachinko section to a video gaming site that was my primary online
focus at the time. The pachinko section proved to be very
popular, with a near constant stream of questions being sent to me from
others who unearthed vintage machines and wanted to get them
running. Back then there were only a few people
talking about working on vintage pachinko machines, with
many people simply using them as broken kitsch wall art.
As the years
went on my interest in pachinko never faded but I didn't have a desire
to acquire any more machines. That changed in 2022 when I
stumbled onto a local deal for a pachislo machine that I couldn't pass
which got me active in the online pachi community once more and lead to
acquiring a couple other pachinko machines. My space is
reasonably limited and this site will focus on the few machines I own
I am not a
pachinko or pachislo vendor nor do I operate a public parlor.
However, if you have questions or comments about pachinko or pachislo, you
can contact me here.
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Pachinko is the traditional Japanese gambling game of launching small
metal balls into a vertical playfield, where they cascade downward
through a series of nails / pins. The objective is to have balls
land in win pockets, awarding the player with more balls in
return. While the game itself is purely gravity driven, modern
pachinko machines can feature animatronic gimmicks, motorized features,
video screens, and pretty much anything else you can think of to keep a
player interested and playing. While slot reels on digital
displays have become the primary target on most machines for decades,
the objective is still to leave with far more balls than you start
with. Most vintage machines pay out the same handful of balls for
each win pocket, with special targets opening other win pockets to
allow more wins. Modern machines generally have a "fever" mode as
their main goal, which then opens a jackpot door that pays out higher
value wins through a series of repeating fever rounds.
Below are the
pachinko machines I currently own, click
on a title to view its dedicated page.
Based upon Tatio's extremely popular (in Japan anyway) series of train
driving video games, Sankyo's CR Fever Densha de Go! SP is a machine
introduced in the year 2000 in Sankyo's Tatsumaki (tornado)
Frame. I was able to acquire the machine from a very generous
pachi enthusiast on the PachiTalk forums, who was offering some very
hard to find machines to forum members who would take care of them and
could pick them up locally. Aside from a tiny bit of cleaning and
installing volume adjustments, I built a dedicated enclosure for the
machine to facilitate ease of use and expandability down the
line. Acquired 09/17/2022.
One of the most popular "early modern" machines just before the Card
Reader era, Sankyo's Fever Queen II was introduced in 1993.
Rather than utilizing a small digital display like many of its
contemporaries, it instead features large slot reels as the center
attraction. Slot reels on pachinko of this era weren't uncommon
but the entire machine being themed around the inclusion of a rather
large slot drum made it stand out. The machine is in Sankyo's
Stellar 2000 frame, used by quite a few popular games of the
time. I purchased it as part of a lot from a gentleman who would
import pachinko machines in the mid - late 1990's and consign them
to Bay Area toy stores as a side business when he was in college.
He kept four machines for himself in storage for a couple decades and
ultimately decided to sell them. I intended to keep a couple of
them but the reality of not having the space set in and I kept the one
I liked most, Fever Queen II, and embarked on a full restoration and
rebuild after passing the other three along to another local
enthusiast. Acquired 10/15/2022.
The first machine I acquired in 2005, a vintage Nishijin Model B from
1972. It is themed around the Japanese folktale さるかに合戦 (Saru Kani
Gassen), usually translated as "Monkey-Crab Battle" or "The Feud of
the Monkey and Crab." Chronicling my repair and restoration
journey became a feature on an earlier site of mine, and as I began
with almost no knowledge of vintage pachinko, I was learning as I went
along. While much of the restoration information is outdated and
has changed over time, the section is presented here as an archive of
that specific restoration journey. This was the dark days of
vintage pachinko online, long before restoration guides and tutorials
and way before anyone was offering restoration services or replacement
parts. Acquired 04/05/2005. If you were redirected from another
part of classicplastic.net looking for my "Chronicles of a Pachinko
Machine Restoration" feature, this is what you are looking for.
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Pachislo is short for "pachislot" - a combination of pachinko and slot
machine - as they gained popularity in Japan as an expansion of the
pachinko gambling culture. On the surface they are similar to
standard Western slot machines in that they feature spinning reels,
the objective to match a winning combination of symbols across them to
earn a pay out. Pachislo machines differ in that each reel is
stopped individually by a player controlled button. Although this
allows for a mild level of player control in the outcome of each spin,
they are still quite random and feature operator-set odds.
Pachislo machines also generally operate on medals, usually referred to
as tokens by Western players. Pachislo machines don't feature the
massive single-hit jackpots of regular slot machines, instead featuring
bonus modes where rounds of sequential small jackpots will continuously
pay out to build up a large return. This is similar to hitting a
"fever" on a modern pachinko machine, which again makes them unique to
Below are the
pachislo machines I currently own, click
on a title to view its dedicated page.
Based upon the 1967 tokusatsu television series Ultraseven, Ultraseven:
The Ultimate Power of the Space was introduced by Sammy in 1997 and
appears to be the first pachislo machine based upon the property.
Ultraseven was the sequel to the legendary tokusatsu staple Ultraman,
and the third Ultra Series show over all - it's also my favorite
Japanese live action production. It was purchased non-working
from a posting on craigslist after an earlier buyer flaked on the
seller. While a reasonably simple machine as pachislo goes, I
felt the classic gameplay and vintage motif of burgundy and gold
perfectly matched the Ultraseven license. It's also the machine
that got me to return to the PachiTalk Forums after many years away and
was the jumping off point for my later reintroduction to
performed a complete tear down and restoration of the entire machine,
including replacing the transformer and totally rebuilding every moving
component. Acquired 08/09/2022.
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PachiTalk - English-language
pachinko and pachislo community with a large and active forum. If
you have a question about your machine, require troubleshooting
assistance, or are looking to see what's new in the world of pachinko
and pachislo this is the first place to start. Registration is
required to post on the forums but it is free. New members asking
a question may be swarmed with the welcome wagon but ask a detailed
question and you're sure to get some information. Feel free to PM
me (InsaneDavid) over there.
Pachinko Data Page - Still my favorite resource for vintage era
machines. Dan's page was one of the only resources that had real
information back when I was starting my vintage machine restoration
journey in 2005. If it wasn't for his page I probably would have
never figured out why my machine wasn't paying out. It's still
easily the best overview for learning how your vintage machine works,
how to set it up, and how to remedy common problems.
PachinkoVista - (Japanese
language) Extensive database of pachinko and pachislo machines new and
old. Features information about release years, upcoming games,
payout combinations, pachislo reel layouts and more. Best
navigated by using Japanese search terms via an English translation
Pachislo Database -
Impressive user-created database of pachislo information, including
strategies and breakdowns of individual game modes per machine.
Also features machine reviews and a large pachislo focused forum
community. Registration is required to access the full database
but it is free.
Dave's Card Reader History - An extremely detailed explanation of
the CR (Card Reader) revolution in modern pachinko and how it can both
hinder and expand home play of pachinko. Pinball Dave also
manufacturers a number of CR solutions that allow for authentic
parlor-style play of CR era machines at home. Definitely a site
to check out to both expand your pachinko knowledge and play experience.
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CR Fever Densha de Go! SP page updated with general gameplay and game
Machine order on index modified, e-mail links added to each page.
Site officially added to ClassicPlastic.net index.
Fever Queen II and CR Fever Densha de Go! SP pages added.
Site goes live featuring index page, Monkey-Crab Battle and Ultraseven:
The Ultimate Power of the Space pages.
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