1943: The Battle of Midway

aka: 1943: Midway Kaisen, 1943: The Battle of Valhalla, Capcom Arcade Cabinet: 1943
Moby ID: 8560
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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 ミッドウェイ海戦 - Japanese spelling

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19 People (12 developers, 7 thanks)

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Average score: 62% (based on 36 ratings)


Average score: 3.1 out of 5 (based on 89 ratings with 1 reviews)

Basic but addictive.

The Good
I just couldn't stop playing this game until the end. It's a basic game, just flying your plane against ever denser patterns of enemies, yet it has an addictive charm. Frequently frustrating, completing it evolves from a random button mash to a series of well-executed timed moves. a sheer testament to basic programming.

The Bad
Well, there's actually nothing to the game, upon completing it I was left with that hollow feeling like I'd just wasted my time.

The Bottom Line
A classic addictive game from a well-run genre, I hope I don't get sucked into another one.

NES · by RussS (807) · 2010


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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Game added by Kartanym.

Arcade added by FatherJack. Amiga added by Neepie Lantern. PlayStation 3 added by Matthias Günl. Xbox 360 added by Sciere. Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. ZX Spectrum added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Alaka, lights out party, LepricahnsGold, GTramp, f1reball, FatherJack.

Game added March 4, 2003. Last modified May 4, 2024.