From Sega Retro
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear|
|Publisher: Data East|
|Developer: Data East Opera House|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Developer(s) of original games: Data East|
|Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable|
|Genre: Sports (JP box), Table (Sega of Japan master list)|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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There are three game modes: "Pocket" (the original arcade game, but without move count limits), "9-Ball," and "Trick." "Pocket" and "9-Ball" are typical billiards games. "Trick" has you performing a trick shot to get a ball around bumpers and into select holes in one shot.
Despite sharing a name (and as a billiards game, similar gameplay) to their 1986 arcade counterpart, home versions of Side Pocket differ considerably to their older sibling, with entirely different graphics and sound, and more modes of play.
The Mega Drive and Super NES versions of the game are for the most part identical, though as was common for the era, the Mega Drive offers a larger screen resolution in exchange for fewer on-screen colours. On the Game Gear, most of the features are retained, however the smaller screen of the handheld leads to a smaller table, which in turn can potentially simplify the physics.
Mega Drive version
- Director: Y.Koideya
- Planner: Daore.Tsuzawa
- Programmers: TALA., Fuji.
- Sound: Koremasa., Emi.Shimizu
- Graphics: Pochi., MAO., Megupi.
- Presented By DATA EAST
- Source: In-game credits
- Main article: Side Pocket/Magazine articles.
Mega Drive version
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, SE (Rental)|
Game Gear version
ROM dump status
- GamePro, "November 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 58
- GamePro, "May 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 84
- Computer & Video Games, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 84
- Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 10 October 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 12
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 91
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 129
- Beep! MegaDrive, "August 1992" (JP; 1992-07-08), page 27 (29)
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
- Consoles +, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 98/99 (98)
- GamePro, "November 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 56 (58)
- Joystick, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 153
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 30/31 (30)
- Mega, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 60/61 (60)
- MegaTech, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-20), page 40/41 (40)
- Sega Force, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 72/73 (72)