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Side Pocket
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Data East
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Sports (JP box), Table (Sega of Japan master list)






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,800 T-13083
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95More...[1] T-13046
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99More...[3] 1218
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1218
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1218
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1218
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MDJ1218
Sega Mega Drive
AS
? ?



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-13018




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Side Pocket (サイドポケット) is a 1986 arcade billiards game by Data East. It was "ported" to the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear (US only), and SNES in 1992, 1994, and 1993, respectively.

A Sega Mega-CD version was announced for release in November 1994More...[4], but did not materialise.

Gameplay

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.

Versions

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.

Production credits

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


Magazine articles

Main article: Side Pocket/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ES print advert

GamePro US 037.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in GamePro (US) #37: "August 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #39: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)More...[5]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)More...[6]

EGM2 US 02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

SegaVisions US 22.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 More...[7]
76 №, p83[8]
90 №14, p98/99
91 More...[3]
75 More...[9]
70 №1992-08, p37
81 №13
85 №32, p153
30 №3, p30/31
84 More...[10]
88 №1, p64
83 №11, p40/41
79 №31, p78/79
76 №37, p52/53
64 №13, p42/43
64 №18, p67
70 №2, p28
73 More...[11]
Sega Mega Drive
75
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
SidePocket MD US Box.jpg
Cover
SidePocket MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Side Pocket MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
SidePocket MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
SidePocket MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
SidePocket MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
SidePocket MD JP CartTop.jpg
SidePocket MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, Asia
SidePocket MD AS Box.jpg
Cover
SidePocket MD AS Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Game Gear version

Game Gear, US
SidePocket GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSidePocket GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
SidePocket GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Side Pocket GG US Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 6A603EED
MD5 4F270030DD6BB1D72EBA33F1EF054B20
SHA-1 794775A858FF04C9DA1C897B51EEDE4677A35C21
256kB Cartridge (US)

References