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National Retro Day at GAD

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Not sure what we should do to celebrate tomorrow. So many of our games are throw backs to yesteryear.

  • Play some real retro games like Centipede and Pac Man? Our Classic-cade is in stock and available in either a stand up or cocktail table. What is more 80’s??
  • Watch a classic movies like all the Bonds? Decide which Bond – and Bond girl were the best. Can do while playing the Stern’s new Bond Pinball.
  • Golden Tee is so new while being so retro (celebrating 35 years!). The trackball allows control of the golfers’ swing is the same that was originally introduced in 1989. The newest rendition, Golden Tee PGA, both commercial and home versions are in stock at GAD.
  • Listen to our favorite rock classics while playing Iron Maiden pinball?
  • Darts. Do we need to think more about this is such a classic game. But, the newest G3 Fire games have the latest digital enhancements to make this game even more enjoyable – if we thought that was possible.

While we may think about a dress up day at our offices, we definitely will be celebrating with our favorite games!

And, all our games are available for home, office, and commercial use.

Jaws: so much more than your typical pinball

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into your gameroom, Stern unleashed a whole new kind of Shark Week at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with our latest hit game, JAWS! In addition to some incredible press exposure (PolygonIGNMashableInteresting EngineeringGizmodoNPR, and more!), make sure you check out replays of the livestreams with the design team as they tackle the LE and Pro editions in addition to PinTech LIVE with Marco Pinball!

Stern Pinball Code Updates Links

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Stern is continuously working to update and improve software for our machines.  There are always code updates and bug fixes in various stages of development; Stern will release them upon update completion.

If you would like to join Stern’s mailing list for code updates, please send an e-mail to Code.Updates@sternpinball.com.  If you do encounter any bugs please feel free to provide information to bug.report@sternpinball.com.  Get Connected and play! https://insider.sternpinball.com/

Code updates and read me files are available at https://sternpinball.com/support/game-code/

What’s for Valentine’s Day?

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So much is made of chocolates and flowers – not that these gifts are bad but they don’t tend to last. And, why not think about what everyone wants? More time to play and time to play together.

Golden Tee PGA Home

The newest offering from Golden Tee is the PGA version of their infamous home game machine. This game engages the entire family, testing hand-eye coordination, math skills and strategic thinking.

The Golden Tee PGA Home edition is also the most affordable way to get this type of game console. Designed for longevity with years of perfecting the hardware, and GAD has replacement parts in stock. Golden Tee also has committed to software updates that add features, course and equipment to enhance game play. All as part of your game.


Our Classic-Cade games are the best! Offering over 60+ games that are the best classics. Including Pac Man, Mario, and Centipede – just to name a few!

Classic-Cade games are in stock and available in both a cocktail table version and a stand up game. Both offer team game play abilities.

Best thing about these games – they are an affordable way to get a lot of classic games the everyone loves to play.

The cocktail table does serve as a table while not in play. And the upright version doesn’t require much floor space. Making either choice ideal for every home game room.


What is a better game to play with the family than a rousing game of darts? And, our digital dart games have lots of features including auto scoring, game board flipping and so much more. Plus darts don’t take a lot of floor space – perfect to put in a basement, family room or garage. Anywhere the family gathers and is looking for an active game to play.

GAD has both new and refurbished dart games available. Please check with your closest GAD office for availability.

All our games are available for home or office purchase. GAD delivers, free, in a select geographic region around Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City. Plus we offer various shipping options around the continental US.

Pinball for your Valentine

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GAD has pinball – in stock and ready for delivery, pick up or shipping. What a seriously great gift for the pinhead in your life.

If you are music enthusiasts, Iron Maiden or Foo Fighters could be the answer. A comic fan – Deadpool, Venom, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Avengers are great choices. Movie fan? Jaws, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, or James Bond. Classic fan? Elvira, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Godzilla.

Maybe you want to think about this as a family gift. Depending on the ages of the family, there are lots of great choices. How about Toy Story 4? Cactus Canyon? TMNT? Stranger Things? Lots of great choices!

And, we have many of these games available at our showrooms to come and test before you buy. Call the office closest to you for the pinball games available to play.

Yes, we are open to the public. Yes, we sell games for home use. Yes, we have more than pinball. Think of GAD for digital darts, Golden Tee PGA Home Edition and Classic-cade classic games.

Check out our inventory. Call us to firm the pricing and schedule the arrival of your pinball game. We deliver for free in the geographic areas near our offices in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

What are you doing while waiting for the game?

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What are you doing while waiting for the biggest game of the year? Listening to Swift’s latest hits? Watching tennis? Asking everyone for their betting predictions?

Or are you ready for real action? How about a new pinball game? Or Golden Tee PGA? Something your buddies will be envious of and want to come over and check out.

GAD has the best pinball, Golden Tee PGA and darts games available. In stock. Ready to pick up. Seriously fun.

Inventory includes – Jaws, James Bond, Avengers, Godzilla, Foo Fighters, Jurassic Park, Iron Maiden, just to name a few. Check out our online listing. Call us for a full price quote. Arrange delivery, or pick up. All in time for the biggest game of the year.

Jaws Gameplay Premiere

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Elvira Insider Connected Quest

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What better way to ring in 2024 than with Insider Connected and some new badges to achieve!

Especially if you are enduring the snow and cold. GAD has Elvira Premium in stock and ready for delivery, pick up or shipping (location dependent!) Available for home use (we set to “free play”), commercial office or game room.

Elvira is calling to all you ghouls and goblins, get going with our January monthly quests! Starting on New Year’s Day, embark on a journey to complete Elvira’s Haunted Capture Quest along with (2) seasonal quest. Collect all (5) unique Elvira badges and claim the ultimate prize – the exclusive “Elvira’s Blood Red Kiss” Badge. 🌙 🧛‍♀️

Contact your closest GAD office!

What to do in January? Pinball!

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January is such a let down after the holidays, but it doesn’t have to be. Pinball can be such fun!

Take a look at how to get involved in pinball events near you.


The IFPA has created the World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR) to establish the first official rankings system of pinball players throughout the world. Through these endorsed tournaments and leagues, the IFPA  crowns the World’s Greatest Pinball Player at the end of each calendar year and organizes championships at State, National and International levels. IFPA endorsed tournaments will give players a chance to increase their WPPR rankings.

Some operators and players may remember the original IFPA from the early 1990s. Utilizing the support from the AMOA, manufacturers and operators, the original IFPA promoted pinball playing through tournament and league play. It hosted four world class pinball competitions and helped promote over 30 pinball leagues before becoming inactive in 1995.

The new IFPA begins life as an organization eager to provide assistance, direction and proven methodologies to insure the success of competitive pinball. Search here for events near you. 

Stern Pinball Army

Members of the Stern Army are the official brand ambassadors that make up the Stern Pinball street team.  Stern Army Members help make pinball locations flourish by creating and hosting monthly pinball events at a designated location and using these opportunities to help drive business to the location all while engaging and enriching the local pinball community. Stern Pinball helps by offering prize support to giveaway at your events and by also sharing the results through our social media channels to help promote your location. 

Learn more about joining the Stern Army! 

Where to play? 

There are so many great places to play pinball. Find locations near you on the Pinball Map, Pinside Map or at the Stern Pinball locator.

If you are looking for a new pinball game or can’t find what you are looking for – call your nearest GAD office. We are pinball enthusiasts too!

What’s New? Jaws

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CHICAGO, IL – January 4, 2024 – Stern Pinball, Inc. announces their newest pinball games featuring JAWS, one of the most iconic motion picture thrillers of all time from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.  Players will experience all four blockbuster JAWS films like never before, with brand-new mechanical features inspired by iconic movie moments and state-of-the-art technology.  JAWS pinball games are available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) models.

JAWS transports players to the fictional locale of Amity Island, located off the coast of Long Island, New York.  The small fishing community is a popular beach vacation location in the summer.  As Fourth of July vacationers close in on the island’s picturesque beaches, grave danger lurks below sea level… The Amity Island mayor covers up the shark attacks out of fear of losing the island’s tourism money, resulting in more terrifying attacks.

Stern’s JAWS pinball games will have players grabbing their harpoons and playing as Quint, Hooper, and Brody to save Amity Island’s residents and the Fourth of July!  As the grizzled fishermen, tackle the most dangerous ocean creatures on the planet.  Tension mounts as you see “blood in the water” from our animated lighting effects.  Fire pinballs at the motorized “Shark Fin” target swimming across the playfield.  Anticipation builds as you navigate the “Orca Boat” upper playfield, featuring a “Lookout Tower” ramp, a ship’s wheel horizontal spinner on the deck, and a “Radio” stand-up target to call for help.  Lookout!  A motorized custom sculpted “Great White Shark” bash toy comes crashing through the bottom of a fishing boat, terrorizing players in this thrilling pinball odyssey.  Will you survive JAWS?!

In addition to immersive film and audio assets integrated into pinball action, JAWS includes custom speech by actor Richard Dreyfuss and the iconic movie theme music by John Williams.

“Honoring one of the greatest movie franchises of all time, we’re giving JAWS our most advanced software and hardware to date,” said Seth Davis, President & CEO of Stern Pinball, “We can’t wait to debut JAWS Pinball’s heart-pounding gameplay to the world!”

JAWS pinball games include Stern’s award-winning Insider Connected™ system, which enables players to interact with the game and a global network of players in multiple ways.  Through Insider Connected, players can track progress, hunt Achievements, take on special JAWS Quests, and work on their lifetime Bounty Hunter rank.

Insider Connected also provides an operator-focused toolset to drive location play through a better player experience, game location discovery, location leaderboards, performance analysis, automatic code updates, and remote diagnostics for easier maintenance.  Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com/ or in the Insider Connected App.  Download it today on iOS and Android.

Limited to 1,000 games globally, the highly collectible Limited Edition model includes a full-color mirrored backglass based on the iconic JAWS movie poster by world-renowned artist Roger Kastel, full-color reflective foil high-definition cabinet decal with hand-drawn artwork by Michael Barnard, exclusive custom “Great White” powder-coated pinball armor, Speaker Expression Lighting with JAWS-themed game effects (sonar, water, blood in the water, and more!), a custom designer-autographed bottom arch, exclusive inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Stern President & CEO Seth Davis and Chairman & Founder Gary Stern.

Pricing and Availability:

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”)*:

 *MSRP for sales to USA end-users before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.                              

Pro Edition:                                                     $US 6,999

Premium Edition:                                            $US 9,699

Limited Edition:                                              $US 12,999

JAWS pinball games and accessories are available now through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers worldwide.

About Insider Connected

Insider Connected is a comprehensive technology initiative to connect the universe of Stern pinball games.  The platform increases player engagement with the games across commercial and home environments.

Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com or in the Insider Connected App.  Download it today on iOS and Android.  Players can also register at a connected game by scanning a registration QR code on the machine.  Once a player registers, they are issued a unique QR Code that identifies that player at Stern pinball games anywhere in the world.  When a player scans into the game, they can track progress, earn new game-specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.

“Insider Connected is transforming how players interact with pinball games.  Operators benefit from new tools that drive repeat play and help maintain games remotely.  At the same time, players can earn special entertainment location badges,” said Seth Davis, President and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

About Stern Pinball, Inc.

Stern Pinball, Inc. creates compelling entertainment that inspires a lifetime love of games, sparks passion, forges friendships, and connects people everywhere through fun, innovative, technologically advanced pinball games, and experiences.  Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise.  Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.

Recent Stern Pinball titles include JAWS, Venom, Foo Fighters, James Bond, Rush, Godzilla, The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man.  A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games, from professional pinball players competing in high-stakes global competitions to novice players discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time.  To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.

About JAWS

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, JAWS set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry.  When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled fisherman (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again.  Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, JAWS remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.


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GAD is taking pre-orders for Jaws Pinball for both home and commercial use now!