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A History of Pachisuro Slot Machines

In 1925, a Japanese company created its own version of a European candy vending machine, and it became popular among Japanese children. In Osaka, Japan, the candy machine was modified for amusement games, not for gambling, and the new Pachinko device enjoyed popularity especially in Nagoya and Kanazawa.

A Pachinko machine is a Japanese gambling device similar to an American pinball machine except that a Pachinko is upright and launches metal balls vertically into a big circle in the center of the machine. Pachinkos also have nails placed on the play board so the ball will land in different places. The goal is to get the metal balls to land in one of the winning pockets, which will make the machine pay out more metal balls so the player can keep playing. In Japan, the balls are equal in number to the machines that pay out coins.

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IGT's The Terminator® Pachisuro Machine

All new Pachinko machines feature a variety of lights and sounds. Many Pachinko machines have LCD screens or bonus reels that will trigger bonus screens when certain play criteria are met.

In 1965, Pachisuro slot machines were introduced to the Japanese market. They differ from U.S. slot machines in that they do not have a handle that activates the game. Instead, they feature a small pull lever that looks like an arcade joystick and is located on the front of the machine. The player activates the lever to spin the reels. Pachisuro machines also feature skill stop reels, three small buttons on the front of the machine that allow the player to stop each reel.

There are currently about 16,000 halls (casinos) throughout Japan. Although some halls have only Pachinko or only Pachisuro machines, most of the halls operate both types of machines. There are about 1,800,000 Pachisuro machines installed nationwide, with an estimated 50 percent turnover every year. About 3,500,000 Pachinko machines are installed throughout Japan.

IGT Japan became a member of the Nichidenkyo Pachisuro Manufacturers Association in 1992. In 2004, IGT Japan entered into an agreement with Sega Sammy Holdings, Inc., the largest Japanese Pachisuro manufacturer, for the support of IGT Japan's development and manufacturing. In the past two years, IGT Japan sold approximately 19,000 units of its Nobunaga and 30,000 units of The Terminator® themed product.


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