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1943 – The Arcade Game

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1943 – The Battle of Midway © 1987 Capcom.

It was 40 years ago, at the height of World War II. The Japanese main squadron tasted defeat off the coast of Midway Islands. Some say that this battle greatly changed the outcome of the war. Can you destroy the battleship, ‘Yamato’ ? Relive the excitement of “1942” by controlling your P-38 equipped with 6 secret weapons in this vertically scrolling shoot’em up. In addition to the now famous loop, you have at your command, lightning, cyclone, and tsunami to ward off your enemies.

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 6 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 3 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) YM2203 (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 256

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2

Designers : Noritaka Funamizu (Poo), Dechikun
Producer : Yoshiki Okamoto (Kikaji O.)
Character designers : Naoko Sato, Miki Chan, Kawamoyan, Aho no Sakata
Music & SFX : Yoshihiro Sakaguchi
Additional music : Junko Tamiya (stage 1-1), Manami Matsumae (stage 1-2), Harumi Fujita (stages 2-2 and 3-1)
Hardware : Panchi Kubozoo (Punch Kubozoo), Jumbo Saito
Programming : BLBON


  1. @dynamicwolf they dont have souls, like gingers.

  2. I remember always defeating the second boss only to run out of fuel the next level

  3. @DuuuuuhWhaaaa of course, that arcade unit was a bit more powerful then a genesis, and capable of displaying way more colors then the NES could.

    the NES used a Ricoh 2A03 (6502) 8bit CPU at 1.79 mhz, and a PPU (picture processing unit) at 5.37mhz. it had 48 colors and 5 grays, only able to use 24 colors per scan line. a bit slower then the arcade unit.

  4. @Goodguy33 While we contemplated why they did it, they deposited our money in their bank. 1943 was a hit game.

  5. Love this game, only managed to finish it 4 times on one credit. I usually die on the yamato boss… too many little planes around that last bit before you get to the boss.. arrgh

  6. the laser(which is extremely rare in this game)is the best because you can shoot down betties in 1 shot

  7. Music improved drastically in the game 1943, making it several times better than the game 1942


    …and I never beat it, even with a friend

  9. Laser was the most awesome weapon in this game but it's not that easy to get.

  10. @CandyHam Get the ROM and load it up in MAME and beat it, like I did back in '02. It takes hours to beat, but this game has a sweet ending! Makes you feel patriotic and stuff.

  11. the song that starts at 9:11 is SO DOPE

  12. @Goodguy33 I also recall Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault selling really well (for an FPS) in Japan too..

  13. @pollo20x6 yes, stage 15…hard shit, trust me

  14. @CandyHam my cousin and I always died in the last stage

  15. somebody knows where can I get the song at 5:35? I want it in my cell phone…so good memories

  16. Sup, nice run on 1943. Have you ever heard of RetroUprising. com? I'm not trying to spam you or anything. I'm simply sending out a friendly invite to a great site I play at. If you're interested look us up. We also have a facebook page.

  17. @dragons15213197
    you think that suck, at least it has the music. The new one from the PlayStation store doesn't even have the fun-ness of the original games.

  18. Isn't there a version of this where you get upgraded weapons, like lasers and missiles, however, unlike the kai one, your still the p38?

  19. @shadowmaster0111
    MAME. There is another emu but I forgot the name. It specialized in capcom games.

  20. @madmax2069
    The N.E.S. has a 5.37 millihertz processor?

  21. If I had a dollar for every hour I spent on this game, I would buy the arcade machine and do it all over again. 😛

  22. the name is "Callus", a capcom game emulator, i have it, and have emulate cadillac & dino, 1941, carrier air wing and un.squadron. but only work with horizontal scroll (1941 not work correctly, vertical scroll is seen horizontal) (sorry, my english is poor)

  23. Thumbs up if you actually played this in the arcade. 😀

  24. 3-Way is excellent for covering the whole sky in flaming doom,
    but some days, I'm totally about the Auto. 😀

  25. There is always the Capcom Classics Collection for the PS2 and Xbox. $10 at GameStop for over 20 different Capcom games like Street Fighter II, 1942/3/1, Ghosts and Goblins, etc.

  26. this game appear too in capcom classic collection reloaded in psp!

  27. I'm glad there isn't an arcade with this game where I live. If there was, I would go broke.

  28. Let's compare: B-Wings(Data East) vs. 1943 (Capcom)

    -Both have the NES version, -Both have various weapons to choose from(B-Wings do have more, 8 in the arcade, 13 in the NES), -Both have more than 10 levels. -Both are first shooting game with interchangeable weapons.

    I would prefer to B-Wings, since it have more science-fiction feel, and more weapons

    In my opinion, 1943 is a kind of violent games, because is based on real-life war( Battle of Midway, hence the name)

  29. The SHOT GUN weapon looks like the VAN-WING of the B-Wings

  30. Who want know some secret on mid way 1943 arcade,Unlimited LASER weapon on stage 3, 9 & 14..? 🙂 hehehheheheh

  31. Then it hits you. The whole thing was a simulation. The Battle of Midway never happened, it was all in your mind. Now go forth and conquer!

  32. Battleships in this game were not modeled accurately.
    Like the boss of stage 1, it looks like a MOGAMI class cruiser more than a TONE

  33. I prefer the 3 way shot while at altitude and the missile or rapid fire for attacking ships.  Thumbs up anyway.

  34. 3 way shot is the best. although for the ships. double shell can't be beaten. sorry.

  35. they need to remake these in unreal engine 4 graphics. it gonna be hella badass

  36. I'm usually not a fan of the 194X series, but 1943 is really good. It's like they fixed all the little annoyances in the previous versions. It will take your quarters if you're not skilled.

  37. I read that "Jungle Kumi" (Kumi Yamaga) did all the music for the original arcade release, and that Junko Tamiya, Yoshihiro Sakaguchi, Manami Matsumae, Hiroshige Tonomura et al. only did so for the NES version; these folks I listed also did new music for the 1943 Kai arcade release.

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