3-peat: Hillsboro arcade crowned world’s best pinball location for third year

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s a three-peat: Next Level Pinball Museum in Hillsboro has been recognized as the world’s best place to play pinball for the third consecutive year.

Pinball newsletter This Week in Pinball annually hosts the TWIPY Awards, a celebration of the popular arcade game’s best content creators, artwork, events and more.

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Similar to the People’s Choices Awards, the TWIPYs calls on the public to vote for their first-choice nominee in each category.

Next Level Pinball Museum secured 581 first-choice votes in the “favorite pinball location” category, taking home the trophy for the third year in a row. The arcade thanked its staff for the win in an Instagram post shared after the awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 8.

“And of course, this is really a testament to all our amazing fans who have continued to support us by voting for us, visiting us throughout the year, and telling your family and friends about your experience,” Next Level added. “As a mom-and-pop shop ourselves, we are so grateful to be a part of this amazing arcade and pop culture community and proud to have the World’s Favorite right here in Oregon!”

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In addition to receiving the highest share of first-choice votes, the business also received 26.53% of points in the category overall. It was followed by TNT Amusements in Pennsylvania, The Pinball Lounge in Florida, and Revenge Of in California.

Portland-area arcades Ground Kontrol, QuarterWorld and Wedgehead also snagged spots in the top 15.

However, Next Level doubles as a pop culture museum as well. Daily admission costs $22 and gives visitors access to more than 500 arcade games and 20,000 square feet of pop culture memorabilia including lunch boxes, signed movie posters and toys.

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With a 7,000-square-foot expansion slated for late March, the business owners plan to add more arcade games and collectibles for customers.

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