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In early 2022 CBC TV News did a story on Pachinko machines -

Here are the bits I (John) was in on various media:

If you have a Satomi COMPUTER PACHINKO coin operated game here is the service info including schematics...

We carry original style authentic engraved Pachinko balls for sale.
Postage to USA is about $15US/100 for Air, $8US/100 ground.

We also have several gravity feed Pachinko games in stock, these are not electrified, rather they are like the examples below - the price is $195US including 300 original pachinko balls. Shipping is extra. We sometimes have a couple of Pachislo games as well - see the Game4Sale page...

Usefull Pachinko manuals to download: Flyer, History, Satomi, Nishijin type A, another Nishijin, maintenance, instructions. I'll post some more as I find them.

(1) Win Pocket (2) Playing Tray (3) Finger Rest Bar (4) Ball Return (5) Slide Bar (6) Playing Lever (7) Receiver Tray

(8) Feeder Tray (9) Stopper for Feeder Tray (10) Interlocking Device (11) Opener for Stopper(9) (12) Adjuster of Interlocking Device (13) Won Ball Outlet (14) Lost Ball Outlet (15) Panel Locking Lever


(1) Win Pocket: If the balls enter one of win pockets, prize balls will come out to Playing Tray(2).
(5) Slide bar: If you push the bar to the left, balls in Playing Tray(2) will be moved to Receiver ray(7).
(10) Interlocking Device: Right side edge must be kept up and left side down. If it is not in correct condition, you cannot get prize balls.
(11) Opener for Stopper(9): If you push Opener(11), Stopper(9) opens and balls in Feeder Tray(8) move to Lost Ball Outlet(14).
(12) Adjuster of Interlocking Device: When Interlocking Device(10) is not in correct condition, push up this adjuster.
(13) Won Ball Outlet: Won balls will be collected here.
(14) Lost Ball Outlet: Lost balls will be collected here. Put the ball case  under the outlet.
(15) Panel Locking Lever: Lift the lever upward. Then, the front door panel will be opened.


(A) Place machine upright on level surface.
(B) Make sure that Stopper(9) is locked (To move this stopper to the right so that balls won't fall into Lost Ball Outlet(14).
(C) There are approximately 400 balls supplied with your machine. Load about  three fourths balls in Feeder Tray(8) and the remaining balls in Playing Tray(2).
(D) To play, press Playing Lever(6) by thumb while grasping bar with fingers, and snap the lever.
(E) Very Important: Don't play when Feeder Tray(8) is empty. If you play, won balls will be stopped in Won Ball Outlet(13). (When won balls are stopped there, load about 200 balls in Feeder Tray(8) and then push Opener for Stopper(11) so that the balls in Feeder Tray(8) will drop to Lost Ball Outlet(14) and at the same time the stopped balls will drop out.)

Additional info on how the ball releases the "Won" balls

The win system works on gravity alone.
The ball goes into a hole in the front, drops onto a ramp, rolls into the See-Saw (10), this tips down
releasing the ball onto the Paddle(13) whose linkage releases the "Won" balls, these balls
cascade down striking a flat lever that resets the See-Saw(10) and releases the ball trapped on the
Paddle(13) so the Paddle(13) can reset back to the rest position. The system is now ready for the
next ball.


A key is not necessary (nor available) to open the front panel even though there is a key hole in front. You can easily open the front panel by lifting up Panel Locking Lever(15).*

No electrical current or battery is needed to play. Pachinko works -completely  by the force of gravity.
The lighting circuit is very simple consisting of a "Balls Out" and "Winner!" lights. They use 10V lights, and can be powered by an AC adapter rated 9V(AC or DC) @ 500MA. Many sources, including Radio Shack.   

Simple wiring diagrams...and pictures of a typical Nishigin Pachinko as seen from the rear...

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A few links for information on Pachinko games...

The Pachinko forum for talking about the games and getting help

Also here are people with parts:

Pachinko parts

Pachislo parts

Here is a History of Pachinko games - translated from the original Japanese into English (page 1 the early years) (page 2 1957 - 1979) (page 3 1980 - 1994) (page 4 1995 - 2007) Translation thanks to Bable Fish!
A Pachinko Museum in Tokyo, the Babel Fish translation to English (Babelfish is no more - here is the story). There appears to be a collectors society there...
Here is a service manual for Pachinko games - Here is a second, better service manual for Pachinko games from Sutra Import (Japan)
What is Pachinko? A brief history on the subject <- broken currently but has a snapshot here
One of the manufacturers of Pachinko's home page some history and games...
A "shockwave rider" game on Pachinko
A mail list on Pachinko:

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There is also a newsgroup devoted to Pachinko . Note, contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to enable access to the newsgroups.

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