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The sequel to 1942, which is still a vertically scrolling shooter, has the player once again fighting over the clouds during the second world war, this time in an intense battle just off the coast of Midway islands.

Updates to the gameplay include an energy bar, which can be run down by either being hit from incoming fire or using a special weapon. The energy bar can be replenished by picking up power-ups, while special weapons (lightning, cyclones and waves) can knock down all fighters on the screen at the time.


1943: The Battle of Midway ZX Spectrum Intel from HQ is displayed between missions
1943: The Battle of Midway ZX Spectrum You begin the mission by taking off from an aircraft carrier
1943: The Battle of Midway Commodore 64 Got a much better weapon now.
1943: The Battle of Midway NES Over the clouds

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Alternate Titles

  • "Capcom Arcade Cabinet: 1943" -- PS3 title
  • "1943 ミッドウェイ海戦" -- Japanese spelling
  • "1943: The Battle of Valhalla" -- Japanese NES title
  • "1943: Midway Kaisen" -- Japanese title

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Basic but addictive. NES RussS (819)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers NES Apr 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Atari ST User Atari ST Jan, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Retro Game Age NES Sep 01, 2014 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic NES Oct 24, 2000 B 75 NES Jan, 2011 B 75
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Crash! ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 46 out of 100 46


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of 1943 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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