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The main objective is to cross different USA cities and reach the predetermined scores to go ahead. But remember: you'll have only 16 balls and every error can be lethal!

The game also comes with modes for 2 players with two variants: 2P Pocket Game (the traditional mode) and 2P 9-Ball Game, where the premise is to sink 9 balls before the other player makes them first. If you prefer, test your target in Trick Game or even hear your favorite song in Jukebox.

After each stage completed (and some luck), a bonus stage will appear, as well as the chance to earn extra balls. You will only need a good target in the parquet block!


Side Pocket NES Title screen (Japanese version)
Side Pocket NES Get a ball in the pocket with a star for a chance at the trick shot bonus.
Side Pocket NES State master!
Side Pocket NES Game over

Promo Images

Side Pocket Screenshot
Side Pocket Screenshot
Side Pocket Screenshot
Side Pocket Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Side vs Pocket" -- Game Boy in-game title
  • "Sidepocket for WonderSwan" -- Japanese WonderSwan title
  • "サイドポケット" -- Japanese spelling

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The Video Game Critic Feb 21, 2005 B 75 May, 2013 B 75
Interface 1992 71 out of 100 71
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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Servo (55772) added Side Pocket (NES) on Sep 10, 2005
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