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Super Sidekicks

Super Sidekicks is a series of football (soccer) video games made by SNK for the Neo Geo in 1992. It’s the first SNK football game released for the Neo Geo platform and the first game in the Super Sidekicks series. The game offers a choice of 12 international teams, each with their own player positioning. Each team also has an “Ace” player with better stats.

While in possession of the ball the player can pass and shoot. While on defense shoot is replaced with a sliding tackle used to retrieve the ball, although being too rough will result in a foul. Throw-in, corner kicks, and penalty kicks are all implemented just as in the actual game of soccer. Games either last for two three minute matches (in SNK Cup mode), or for one game (in VS mode).

Super Sidekicks Gameplay

Super Sidekicks is a soccer game that is played from a top-down perspective in a two-dimensional environment with sprites. Although it follows the same gameplay as with other soccer titles at the time and most of the rules are present as well, the game opts for a more arcade-styled approach of the sport instead of being full simulation, using a simplified control scheme. The tile features 12 teams divided into two groups which compete for the “SNK Cup”: Group A (Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Mexico, Japan) and Group B (Argentina, Holland, Brazil, France, United States, South Korea).

The players’ team plays against all the others in their group, then it goes into an elimination tournament’s semifinals and then the final to win the cup. There is an hidden mechanic in Super Sidekicks that affects single-player matches; During a free kick for the AI opponent, if the player has tapped button A for player two, the AI performs a short-shot while pressing the button A performs a longer kick. One noted mistake was that Spain’s kit resembles Portugal’s, which would not be featured until future entries. Another mistake is Mexico’s uniform color, which was corrected in the sequels.

2 Player Retro Sports


Player 1:

  • Select / Insert Coin: shift
  • Start: enter
  • Move = Arrow keys ← → ↑ ↓
  • Button 1 = z
  • Button 2 = x
  • Button 3 = a
  • Button 4 = s
  • Button 5 = q
  • Button 6 = e

Player 2:

  • can be configured in the game
  • Hover and click the gamepad icon to view/change controls.

Note for 2 players:

It is recommended to remap the controls for both players and to make sure that there are no duplicate mappings.

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