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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 by 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 Arcade Shoot the enemy.
1943: The Battle of Midway ZX Spectrum Loading screen
1943: The Battle of Midway Arcade A power-up.
1943: The Battle of Midway NES Intro

Promo Images

1943: The Battle of Midway Magazine Advertisement

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 (Staff reviews only) NES Apr 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Your Commodore Commodore 64 May, 1990 82 out of 100 82 NES Jan 10, 2021 8 out of 10 80
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 68 out of 100 68
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jan, 1989 38 out of 100 38
Power Play Amstrad CPC Nov, 1988 33 out of 100 33
Amiga Action Amiga Jun, 1992 15 out of 100 15


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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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