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Side Arms - Hyper Dyne - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


The game is mainly a horizontal scrolling shoot-em-up, although some scenes scroll vertically too. Shooting enemies will reveal power-ups and continually shooting them will either change their type or reveal a special weapon. Different weapons are more effective than others when fighting the end bosses.

Side Arms - Hyper Dyne was produced by Capcom in 1986.

Capcom released 228 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Capcom was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Capcom during the time period Side Arms - Hyper Dyne was produced include: 1942 (PlayChoice), Commando, Exed Exes, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Gun Smoke, Ares No Tsubasa - The Legendary Soldiers, Speed Rumbler, The, Legendary Wings, Rush & Crash, and Tatakai No Banka


Name Side Arms - Hyper Dyne
Developer Capcom (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9537
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Side Arms - Hyper Dyne Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - Fire LeftFire RightPower selects weapon
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Side Arms - Hyper Dyne PCB Image

Game Introduction

You have the ability to hold and select between five different weapons at a time. Each weapon can be powered-up a couple of times by collecting a similar option. When you lose a life, you don't lose all of your weapons, just the one you are using when hit. Don't set yourself up for a great ending when you complete the game. There really isn't one.

Game Play

There is a unique power-up that joins both players together as one or brings in the second player on a single player game. When joined, BOTH controllers allow you to move the single, joined character! This can cause problems, however, if you each want to go different directions. During the attract sequences, when the players are joined, you can even move the character around without having to add any credits.

Side Arms - Hyper Dyne KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.65 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.80

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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The player one character from this game appears again as a bonus item in many Capcom games, including Super Buster Bros., U.N. Squadron and Black Tiger.

This game is the second of Capcom's 'Jet-Pack Hero' shooters. Other games that fall into this category are Section Z and Forgotten Worlds.

If you look closely you may notice the attacking enemys in the second stage of the game are ZAKU's (Mecha) from the Anime GUNDUM.


Licensed to Romstar for US manufacture and distribution.

RELATED GAMES: Section Z, Forgotten Worlds

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Side Arms - Hyper Dyne Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 74 known instances of this machine owned by Side Arms - Hyper Dyne collectors who are active members. Of these, 8 of them are original dedicated machines. 8 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 58 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Side Arms - Hyper Dyne machine for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Side Arms - Hyper Dyne circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Side Arms - Hyper Dyne.

This game ranks a 28 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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(Hyper Dyne) Side Arms Arcade Marquee/Sign (26" x 8")

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