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    Side Pocket Walkthrough
    by The Lost Gamer (ilovecartoonssomuch@yahoo.com)
    Copyright 2002
    Table of Contents:
    001.  General information
    002.  Story
    003.  How to Play Pool
    004.  Walkthrough
    005.  Game Genie Codes
    006.  Credits
    001-General Information
    This is a walkthrough for the Nintendo Entertainment System
    (NES) game called Sidepocket.  The game is based on Pool,
    or Billiards as some call it.  You can e-mail me at
    ilovecartoonssomuch@yahoo.com, but make sure there is no
    subject, or I'll delete (I got 30 spam e-mails in six hours
    yesterday).  If you want to use part of my guide for something,
    ask me first, or you'll break some law.  Okay?  Let's break!
    Thanks to another gamefaqs.com contributer, J Dawg007, for
    his help on the USA trick shot, and telling me about the
    draw feature.
    Uh, you're a pool player.  You want to go as far as you can
    go with your skills.  First you try city champioin, then
    state champion, then USA champion, and lastly world champion.
    003-How to Play Pool
    In Pool, there are sixteen balls.  However, you're not playing
    pool against anyone, so you'll just have nine balls.
    The object of the game is to hit eight of the balls into
    side pockets.  There are six side pockets, four of them in
    the four corners, and the other two points are the midpoints
    of the longer ends.
    Two balls are special.  One is the cue ball, and the other
    is the eight ball.  The cue ball is white, and the eight ball
    is black.
    You use a pole to hit the balls into the holes.  The trick
    is, you can only hit the cue ball.  So you have to hit the
    cue ball in such a way that it hits against the other balls,
    and makes them go into the holes.
    You cannot get the cue ball into a hole (that's bad), and
    the eight ball can get in a hole only AFTER all the other
    balls are in holes.  However, this rule is only enforced
    in two player mode.
    There are two kinds or extra bonuses you can get.  One bonus
    is for hitting the balls in the holes in their numerical
    order.  The other bonus is if you hit the balls in pockets
    consecutively (you get a ball in one shot, and on the next
    shot you get another ball, and so on).
    In later levels, the challenges get tougher, and if you miss
    too many shots, you're out.
    Okay, in the first screen you can choose walkthrough (it may
    be helpful to pool newbies), but what you really want to
    choose is pocket game.  However, there are some controls in
    this game that you may not be used to (follow, draw, center,
    left, right), so you should try it out.  Once you're done,
    you can try the pocket game.
    Well, you can see all four levels: city champ, state champ,
    USA champ, and world champ.  You'll start at city champ.
    Okay, you need 3100 points to become city champion.  You'll
    start off at a pool table.  Since this is first round, you
    don't have the eight ball, you just have six of the normal
    The starting shot is lined up for you, so press A to say
    that you're taking the shot.  Now press A again when the
    power meter (minimum to maximum) is at a desired level.
    You'll notice a corner will have a star in it; shoot a ball
    in that corner to get an extra bonus!  You can use the handy
    dandy dotted line to line up your shot.
    Also, in the upper left hand corner with your score will be
    a picture of the ball you'll want to shoot in next (for
    numerical order).  Remember you get extra points for shooting
    the balls in numerical order.  You can also press B to see
    the order.
    Just keep shooting until every ball is in, you pool shark!
    Do your best!  If you mess up too much (lose all of your balls
    in the upper left hand corner), you lose!
    After you get all them in, your points are tallied up.  Extra
    points for every shot you made in a row, and for every shot
    you made in numerical order.
    If you got enough points, you get a bonus shot.  Try to hit
    the ball(s) into the empty hole.  The bonus shot varies
    depending on how many shots you get into pockets that had
    If you make 3100 points or more, you're the new city champion
    and you get to see a good-looking girl lovingly stare at you.
    If not, you try another game.
    Now you're onto state championship.  You need 4100 points.
    State championship has nine balls.
    Things are the same here.  Do what you did last time, and hope
    you get over 4100 points in this game (a good majority of the
    points comes from the order/in a row bonuses).
    If you got 4100 points, you're the state chapion!  The bonus
    shot this time should have bumper pool (there are little bumpers
    that you must avoid).  Plus, the good-looking girl stares
    at you again.
    However, before passing onto USA champion, you have to do a
    fancy trick shot.  You get a weird set up.  You get one shot,
    and you have to make every ball go in to win.  Do this, and
    you're the new state champion who is going on to the USA
    level.  If not, you do the state level again.
    To make the shot, line up the dotted line so it covers up
    the dot on the left hand side of the table (the dot tells
    where the balls are placed in normal play).  Do a high
    powered shot and they all go in.  If it works, you go onto
    USA level.
    Okay, now you're onto USA level.  You need 5100 points to
    become the USA champion.  The USA champion level has six
    balls, no eight ball.  This means you'll have to A) make a
    lot of shots in a row B) make the shots in numerical order
    C) make the shots into the highlighted pockets.  A combination
    of these will let you get the 5100 points.  This'll probably
    be the first level that poses a challenge to get the
    necessary score.
    If you get 5100 points, you're the new USA champion.  You
    get to see yourself outside of a club.  You're next to a
    fancy car, with the good-looking girl inside.  Then you mess
    up the coolness by doing the peace sign.
    You'll have to do another trick shot to get onto the USA
    level.  This trick shot is much harder.  Hit all four balls
    in to win.  You have to use a draw shot on this one, so press
    down + B until the dot on the ball (center of the upper
    screen) is as far down as possible.  Then, shoot at the two
    ball, with the line about between the bottom of the ball
    and the middle of the ball.  Good luck!
    After the USA level, you're onto world level.  Once again,
    it has nine different balls.  Now you need 7100 points,
    which is a hell of a lot.  So using fantastic math skills,
    I figured it out.  You'll have to make every ball go in
    consecutively, and four of them must be in numerical order.
    You can change those numbers by getting star shots, but
    any way, it's very tough.
    If you don't make it, you'll have to do the board over again,
    this time with six balls (doubly harder), but then back to
    nine balls if you mess up again.
    When you get 7100 points, you see a screen showing that you
    are the new world champion (and the good-looking girl again).
    But before you take the title, you have to do one last trick
    This one is wild.  There are two pool sticks on the table,
    blocking yor way.  Contrary to good sense, you will need to
    use the sticks to beat this shot.
    Aim at the one ball.  The dotted line should be underneath
    the one ball, almost directly beneath it.  If you take the
    top edge of the last three dots in the line, the line should
    connect with the edge of the gray part of the upper left hand
    pocket.  You need an exact angle.  Then do a shot at maximum
    power, and be amazed at how it works.  Oh, and you win.
    005-Game Genie Codes
    There aren't any game genie codes for this game.  How lame!
    They sure could have been useful!
    This FAQ is copyright of The Lost Gamer, 2002.  If you want
    to use any part of this FAQ, ask me first (instructions under
    general information)

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