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The game takes place during an escalating conflict between the humans and Bozon, an alien force that seeks to destroy all life on Earth. Lieutenant Henry and Sergeant Sanders are deployed to earth, piloting Mobilesuits α (Alpha) and β (Beta), in an attempt to save Earth from its destruction.
Power Ups Edit
The Mobilesuits can be augmented in various ways, ranging from speed to added fire power. The powerup system is visually reminiscent of the one utilized in the Gradius series of scrolling shott em' up games by Konami. POWs are collected which will allow cycling through the selection bar to choose different weapons. When the player is killed, only the last weapon used is lost. Unique to the game, Henry and Sanders, in their Mobilesuits, can combine into a more powerful hybrid form. This mode can be hard to control, as both players have the ability to move the ship.
The weapons are as follows:
- Bit - Gradius-style options that encircle the player, replicating fire.
- Shotgun - Slow-firing 5-way spread shot.
- MBL (Mega Bazooka Launcher) - Powerful forward-firing shot.
- 3-Way - Fast-firing shot that fires forward and in the upper- and lower-diagonal directions.
- Auto - Can come in two types: a forward rapid-fire shot that fires fast (represented with a Yashichi icon) or a 3-way shot that fires forward, up, and down, at a slower rate than the forward shot (represented with a star icon).
- A later CD-ROM version available only in Japan entitled Side Arms Special featured an Arrange Mode and a remixed soundtrack.
- Lieutenant Henry appeared again as a bonus item in several Capcom games, including Super Buster Bros., U.N. Squadron and Black Tiger. He was also the saving icon for Street Fighter Collection (Super Street Fighter II and Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold) for the PlayStation, in the continue screen from Mighty Final Fight, and in a minigame played during the end credits of Red Earth. He was affectionately known by Capcom employees as "Mobi-chan".
- Both Henry and Sanders appeared in Namco x Capcom as sidekicks to the Unknown Soldiers from Forgotten Worlds.
- The Mobilesuits Alpha and Beta appeared in Project X Zone (alongside Blodia) as a summonable attack by Devilotte. In the sequel, Baby Bonnie Hood summons Alpha and Beta when she performs her Cool Hunting attack as opposed to the hunters she summons in the Darkstalkers series.
Arcade Version [Super Staff]Edit
Game Design: Poo & Kihaji
Object Design: Dekachin & Kawamoyan
Scroll Design: Toride no Yas & Mikichan
Supplement: Uhe Uhe & Kurichan
Sound: Tadanomi Suruzoo
Music: Kinchaku Aya
Hard Ware: Punch Kubozoo
Soft Ware: Mr.
Additionally, Side Arms, like many other games during this era of gaming, credited its staff in its default Score Ranking Table, which is as follows:
- 1st 100000 TAK
- 2nd 80000 TOY
- 3rd 60000 KEI
- 4th 40000 AOK
- 5th 20000 J_3
TurboGrafx-16 Version [Staff]Edit
Directed by: Yoshito Itoh
Character Designed by: Susumu Ueda
Scroll Designed by: Susumu Ueda, Naoe Nonomura
Music Composed by: Takashi Tateishi
Programmed by: Yoshito Itoh
And Special Thanks to: Akira Yasuda, Masayuki Akahori, Atsushi Kakuta, Yuki Kyoutani, Miki Kijima, Toshifumi Ohnishi, Yoshinori Takenaka, Tadakatsu Makiuchi, Koji Yoshida, Yoshiki Okamoto
Presented by: Radiance Software
Licensed by: © Capcom