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Super Pinball: Behind The Mask is a pinball video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was developed by KAZe Co. Ltd. and released in 1994. The game consisted of three original tables:

  • "Jolly Joker"
  • "Blackbeard and Ironmen"
  • "Wizard"

All of the games featured realistic physics and game action, eschewing Video Game-only features in exchange for a sense of speed and flow comparable to that of Real Life pinball tables. Each game is presented as a pre-rendered playfield with superimposed sprites for targets and lights, giving smooth action at the cost of a single predefined camera position.

The layouts of the Super Pinball tables are respectably designed, though lacking more complex elements such as ramps or elevated playfields. As a result, they tend to feel similar to each other, with the main difference being the placement of the bumpers and lanes.

Space Sister: "Let's go!"

A sequel, Super Pinball II: The Amazing Odyssey, was released a year later for the SNES. Unlike the original, it was only available in Japan. Once more, it consisted of three original tables:

  • "Space Sister"
  • "The Spy Eyes"
  • "Show Time"

The game engine remained largely the same, though the tables now featured ramps and elevated playfields. As a result. the playfield action feels slightly slower and more stop-and-go compared to the original, but the individual games themselves felt more distinctive.

The Super Pinball games demonstrate the following tropes:

  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Invoked in the playfield art for "The Spy Eyes," which includes a copy-and-pasted image of Sean Connery as James Bond.
  • Spelling Bonus: Every table has at least one, from J-O-K-E-R in "Jolly Joker", E-N-I-G-M-A on "Wizard",
  • Video Mode:
    • One of the random rewards in "Show Time" is "Pie Attack", where you throw pies at incoming clowns.
    • "Space Sister" has "Love Stops", where a heart floats around the display and the player must press a button to hit it when it enters a set of crosshairs.

Alternative Title(s): Super Pinball II The Amazing Odyssey, Super Pinball