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The shooter genre has come a long way since 1988. We've battled aliens, marveled at screen-filling explosions and walls of bullets that undulate hypnotically. There's none of that here, but it doesn't matter. 1943: The Battle of Midway stands proud as one of the finest of its kind and it always will. Thank you, Uncle Jasper--for everything--and thank you, Capcom, for this game!
This game would be a great candidate for the Virtual Console, but Capcom is yet to release it. If you want to play this exciting, polished shooter from the early NES days, you’ll need to track down an original cartridge. It will probably cost you around $10, and it’s well worth it at that price. I shouldn’t have to tell you that if you have the choice between 1942 and 1943 to go with the sequel. They might sound similar, but 1943 is light-years beyond what you get with the first game.
But, all in all, 1943 is an excellent port that you shouldn't miss if you're a fan of the 194x series.
1943: The Battle of Midway is an excellent game - everything that 1942 should have been and more! If you can find this one and you love shooters, ABSOLUTELY give it a shot!
Unlike 1942, taking a hit won't instantly destroy you - it just drains your energy. Upon meeting your demise, a password is provided, along with an option to continue. Unlike the incessant beeping of 1942, 1943 even features some nice upbeat music. A satisfying shooter with surprising depth, the game's only real disappointment is the lack of a two-player mode.
In conclusion, I can say that 1943: The Battle of Midway is definitely a title for the NES that you should have at least played if you're a fan of the system, and maybe even of shooters. It's leagues beyond 1942, but yet it doesn't really pull off what they were trying and needed a bit of work to get it perfect in my opinion. Arcade ports aren't the easiest thing to do and can sometimes turn out hideous, which this isn't, but it isn't the best game either. I'm not even sure why I still own it, even from a collecting standpoint. If you're going to play it, keep the above in mind and don't say I didn't tell you to approach with caution.