Battle Gear

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Battle Gear
Battle Gear series logo.png
Side by Side’s current franchise logo
Genres Racing
Sim racing
Developers Taito
Publishers Taito
Platforms Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2
First release Side by Side
Latest release Battle Gear 4 Tuned

Side by Side (サイド・バイ・サイド?) is the franchise for a popular 1990s touge racing game series whose name changed to Battle Gear (バトル・ギア?) in the 2000s. It was developed by Taito and was first released on arcade cabinets before being ported on the PlayStation home consoles. Battle Gear 2 is known as Tokyo Road Race in Europe.

Side by Side series[edit]

Side by Side episodes allow the player to select import sports cars from a Japanese maker either, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, later Mitsubishi and Subaru were available as well, and race downhill in Japanese mountain passes known as touge.

Battle Gear series[edit]

The Battle Gear evolution allows online play in both arcade and home versions and add a tuning feature for the cars. Battle Gear 4 saw the adding of European and American makers for the first time, Renault, Peugeot, Citroën, Mini, Volkswagen and Ford.

Tokyo Road Race[edit]

The home version for Battle Gear 2 was licensed by Midas Interactive and released as a budget game named Tokyo Road Race and released by various distributors in PAL territories, hence the different packages in Europe and Oceania. Online play mode was deactivited in the Tokyo Road Race version and the game was not distributed in the American market.

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