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Squad Challenge - Pizza Party Summer - Pinball (NES)


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Nintendo Entertainment System
Difficulty Level: Game A
Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / Emulation OK! ✔
Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST July 31st, 2022

Nominated by @Justin




Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between July 15th through July 31st, 2022. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor!



Anyone can join in. All players are welcome!


Play Rules

Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback / Mini console, or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following all rules and game settings defined in the challenge. Choosing between real hardware or emulation, and choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.


Difficulty Level

We are playing Pinball using Game A. Simply Press Start to Play.


Fair Play

Your integrity is everything. Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater.



To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: 




Welcome to our 131st Squad Challenge, the third and final Squad Challenge for this year's Pizza Party Summer! Atari I/O Summer Pizza Party is now PIZZA PARTY SUMMER and runs from June 15th through July 31st! For this Squad Challenge we're playing one of my first "favorite Nintendo games" and one of the earliest releases for the NES: Pinball! This is truly the best pinball video game of that era. Pinball was created for the Nintendo Famicom in 1983 and brought over to the United States in 1985/1986. It's simple graphics are closer to ColecoVision than anything, and are easily outshined by games such as Pole Position II on the Atari 7800, however its simplicity lends itself to a game that is very fun to play for great lengths of time, and reminiscent of early Atari 2600 games in concept. Easy to learn, difficult to master. Score just right and you'll unlock a hidden Bonus Level staring Mario! It's surprising this game wasn't called "Mario Pinball" as he is featured in the game and on the cartridge label. This Squad Challenge will run through July 31st, 2022. Instruction Manual is provided below. Good luck!






NES Pinball.pdf

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47 minutes ago, Justin said:

Somebody please beat this score, I don't want to have to be the one who wins this. Going to give this another shot just for fun. Looking for someone here to break one million.

My New High Score: 736,650

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Yeah, I won't surpass that score. I nominate @greenween! Go get 'em!


*runs away*

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3 hours ago, Justin said:

Once you get past 150,000 it feels like the game gets easier. The paddles come back from being invisible and you get into a flow. It feels hard to get to 50,000. Once you break past a certain point you just keep going.

I'll have whatever you are having because it gave you some sort of super power.  I can't get close to beating my little score.  My 68,000 so far seems like a miracle happened for me.

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