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The Retro Pinball Arcade

Photo: Morgan Smith

Have you heard about The Retro pinball arcade? 

Owners Jon and Nena Stoddard opened The Retro in February 2017. They started out with ten pinball machines and now have almost thirty, with the oldest machine being from 1964. Most of their machines are from the 80’s and 90’s. Ron and his wife Nena have a favorite: The Machine: Bride of Pinbot, a game made from the early nineties where the player works to assemble a robot to become more and more human. Ron says that game has been around for a while, and he finds himself playing that one time and time again.

Photo: Morgan Smith

The Retro holds International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) sanctioned tournaments, where players can register to be a part of the IFPA and become world ranked in pinball. In fact, The Retro held the first ever State of Tennessee Pinball Championship with their very own Bluff City Pinball League. Memphis’s own Bill Baggett is in 1,282nd place out of 60,000+ players in the world rankings (at the time of this post being written), and currently holds first place within the Tennessee rankings. Twelve out of sixteen players in the Tennessee State Championship are from Memphis.

Tournaments at The Retro are usually held on Friday nights, but because of the upcoming change of location, they recommend guests check the Facebook account where any upcoming events will be posted. They have held over a hundred tournaments. They like to hold the tournaments on the machines with cameras showing the play field on a screen above the game to let viewers look on easier. You can sign up for a tournament through their Facebook page or by simply showing up and registering the day of.

Photo: Morgan Smith

The Retro is soon moving its location within the Midsouth Marketplace. Their current location has about 1,000 square feet, but their new location will be around 4,000. The name will likely change to accommodate all the new features coming with the move, as they are looking into having more arcade games such as a basketball game, first-person shooter games, and more.

Visit the Midsouth Marketplace and give some machines a go: Antiques & Collectibles at 8323 US-51, Millington, TN 38053

Follow them on Facebook for updates. 

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