Type Game
Date 1989-06-20
Platform Nintendo Famicom
Tags shooter

1943: The Battle of Midway

  • 1943: The Battle of Valhalla
  • 1943 ミッドウェイ海戦
  • 1943: Midway Kaisen

First Impressions

An excellent conversion of Capcom’s vertical scrolling shooter. This one has more features than its predecessor, such as the ability to configure your plane before you start:

Also, when you start, it tells you briefly what your target is. In the first level, it’s Rikaku, the Japanese Heavy Cruiser:

As is 1942, you’re piloting a P-38, which you can improve as you play by picking up better weapons and energy bonuses. The gameplay is the same, too: fire at the enemy planes (and ships) while avoiding being hit:

At the end of the level, you fight Rikaku, which is heavily armed:

If you win, you move on to the next level. There are a total of 24 levels in the NES version, as compared to 16 in the arcade version.

Verdict: 1943 has excellent sound, good graphics, smooth controls, and addictive gameplay. Definitely worth playing.

Name Role
Capcom Co., Ltd.


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