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When Nintendo Switch Online started yesterday, many games required a membership in order to play online and access certain elements through the internet. Pinball FX3 ended up being one of them, but not intentionally.

Right now Pinball FX3 requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to participate in tournaments and other online features. However, developer Zen Studios says an update has been submitted “which will mean no online subscription is needed for any Pinball FX3 feature.”


Zen Studios has revealed that Pinball FX3 – Williams Pinball Volume 1 is due out on October 9. Pricing is set at $9.99 / €9.99 / £8.99.

Medieval Madness, Junk Yard, and The Getaway: High Speed II will be included in the pack. Everyone will be able to download Fish Tales for free as well.

Williams Pinball Volume 1 will also feature remastered versions of the classic tables, which will include 3D interactive characters, side wall art, ball trailer effects, particle effects, and more. Players can toggle between classic and remastered versions with a single button press, and remastered versions can be played with both the new classic physics simulation or with Zen’s modern-day pinball physics simulation.

Source: Zen Studios PR

Zen Studios announced today that it is bringing tables from the Williams and Bally pinball collection to Pinball FX3. Zen now has the digital rights to the full pinball library, including Fish Tales, Junk Yard, Medieval Madness, and The Getaway High Speed II.

These tables will be available on Switch in the future. However, release dates have not yet been confirmed.

Here’s a video promoting today’s news:

Pinball FX3 has received a big update on Switch, bringing the game up to version 1.0.2.

Today’s update raises the frame rate in handheld mode to 60FPS. And when playing docked, resolution has been increased to 1080p. A ton of other features and bug fixes have been implemented as well.

The full patch notes are as follows:

Zen Pinball Pinball FX3 is getting a “major update” next week, Zen Studios has announced. Players will be able to download the patch on May 3.

Zen Studios hasn’t outlined the full specifics, but Pinball FX3 will soon be able to run at 60 frames per second in handheld mode. And when docked, it should run at full 1080p.

Note that when the patch goes live, old saved games will be wiped, so players are encouraged to complete all games in progress on each table before updating.


Zen Studios has announced that a new three-pack of tables is joining Pinball FX3 on Switch. Today, players can purchase Bethesda Pinball, comprised of Fallout Pinball, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Pinball, and Doom Pinball.

Here’s an overview of the different tables:

Towards the end of 2017, Zen Studios said that a patch would be created to improve Pinball FX3’s performance on Switch. It was intended to have the game running at 60 frames per second in handheld mode will increasing docked resolution to 1080p.

The situation changed earlier this month when Zen Studios noted that plans had been abandoned for the Switch patch. It was decided after determining that the team would need to “recreate every table from the bits to achieve this quality.”

Zen Pinball spoke about a performance patch for Pinball FX3 on Switch a few months ago. The plan was to get the game running at 60 frames per second during portable play, and to hopefully increase docked resolution to 1080p.

We haven’t heard about the update since then, and it sounds like Zen Studios has pulled the plug on those original plans. Community representative Gabor Hajdu passed along the following note to one fan:

Pinball FX3 updated today with the brand new Jurassic Park Pinball Pack. Get a look at the new DLC in the gameplay video below.

New content is arriving in Pinball FX3. Starting on February 20, players will be able to purchase Jurassic World Pinball. The DLC encompasses three tables inspired by the events of the Jurassic World and Jurassic Park films.

Here’s an overview of each table, along with a trailer: