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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 NES Intro
1943: The Battle of Midway Amiga Menu Screen
1943: The Battle of Midway Commodore 64 The engine of the bomber is burning.
1943: The Battle of Midway ZX Spectrum These min boss planes require several shot to destroy them

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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User Reviews

Basic but addictive. NES RussS (819)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atari ST User Atari ST Jan, 1989 8 out of 10 80 NES Jan, 2011 B 75
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 68 out of 100 68
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 5.8 out of 12 48
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jan, 1989 38 out of 100 38
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 30 out of 100 30


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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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