Pinball to Pixels Open Jan. 18th
Let the video games begin! Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is excited to open the New Year with a new, original exhibition, Pinball to Pixels: Classic Sports Arcade & Video Games. The interactive show opens Saturday, January 18th and runs through February 28th.
From Tecmo Bowl to RBI Baseball to Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!, favorite gaming classics dating from 1970 – 1999 will be on display and ready for action in this hands-on show highlighting the most popular sports-themed arcade, console, and pinball games.
“This will be such a fun exhibit for our guests,” said Anne Jewell, Executive Director at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “Pinball to Pixels is an interactive exhibit unlike any other we’ve ever had. We’ve brought some of America’s favorite sports video games back together in one room where guests of all ages can play their favorites and settle old scores,” she said.
For this first ever sports-themed arcade and video game exhibit, the museum teamed-up with the creators of the Louisville Arcade Expo. The annual Expo began in 2011 and has grown every year since then. The 2014 Louisville Arcade Expo will be March 7 – 9 at the Ramada Plaza and will have more than 100 retro pinball and arcade games set to free play, along with vintage computing and gaming consoles on display. More information can be found at www.arcaderx.com.
“We were so impressed with the Louisville Arcade Expo when we attended in 2013,” said Jewell. “We saw many families having lots of fun together and we’re thrilled the Expo team created this special sports-themed experience for Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory,” she added.
Play Your Favorites!
Pinball to Pixels gives guests the opportunity to play older, nostalgic pinball, arcade and console games. Fans will have the chance to play every game in the exhibit as part of their museum admission, at no extra cost.
Arcade games include Double Dribble, Tecmo Bowl, Baseball Stars, World Cup, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!, Pole Position 2, and Sega Super GT. For pinball lovers, there’s a nod to “The Greatest” with a Muhammad Ali machine, along with Hot Tip, Slugfest and Tee’d Off. For console gamers, the exhibit will feature RBI Baseball, Ice Hockey, Base Wars, Super Dodge Ball, Blades of Steel and more, projected for play larger-than-life onto a gallery wall.
The exhibit also features several former retail demonstration units with the following games: Sega Genesis with Madden Football (1990 version), Sega Dreamcast with World Series 2K, Nintendo 64 with Mario Kart 64 and Sega Dreamcast with Virtual Tennis.
Special Appearances by Mario and Luigi
Costumed characters Mario and Luigi will make special weekend appearances during the exhibition. Appearance times will be announced on Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s Facebook page and at www.sluggermuseum.com. Guests and fans can keep connected with the exhibit by visiting both of those spots.
Exhibit Free with Admission
Admission to Pinball to Pixels is included with the price of museum admission. In addition to this special show, the museum also includes interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour. As an added bonus, all guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of their factory tour. Tours are given seven days a week and guests are guaranteed to view bat production on each tour.