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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 Amstrad CPC Attack enemy ships
1943: The Battle of Midway ZX Spectrum Destroy the engines on the boss plane to destroy it
1943: The Battle of Midway ZX Spectrum The wing man power up gives you an incredible amount of firepower
1943: The Battle of Midway Amiga Title Screen

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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 NES Apr 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 8 out of 10 80
Retro4Ever NES Nov 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Retro Game Reviews NES Mar 10, 2015 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 68 out of 100 68
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Nov, 1988 55 out of 100 55
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1988 47 out of 100 47
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 34 out of 100 34
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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