Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend

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Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend
Minnesota Fats Pool Legend cover.jpg
Genesis cover art.
Developer(s) Data East
Publisher(s) Data East
Composer(s) •Masaaki Iwasaki
•Taihei Sato
•Seiji Momoi
•Shogo Sakai
Series Side Pocket
Platform(s) Sega Genesis
Sega Saturn
Release date(s) Sega Genesis
Sega Saturn
  • JP March 31, 1995
  • NA 1995
Genre(s) Cue sports
Mode(s) Single-player
(up to 2 players)

Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend (released in Japan as Side Pocket 2 (Japanese: サイドポケット2 Hepburn: Saido Poketto 2?)) is a pocket billiards video game for the Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn, featuring famed billiards player Minnesota Fats (as portrayed in "real-life" form by Rudolf Wanderone). It was released as a sequel to Data East's earlier success, Side Pocket. The objective in the game is to defeat AI-controlled competitors. The player can also take on another human player in order to prove his worthiness at the pool table.


GamePro gave the Genesis version a generally negative review. While they praised the "authentic" sound effects and the story mode, they commented that the overhead view makes the balls look small and flat, all the available music tracks are elevator music, and the controls are imprecise.[1]

On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Sega Saturn version of the game at 28 out of 40.[2]


  1. ^ a b "ProReview: Minnesota Fats: The Pool Master". GamePro (IDG) (69): 46. April 1995. 
  2. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: サイドポケット2 ~伝説のハスラー~. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.329. Pg.32. 7 April 1995.

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