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1942 is a vertically scrolling shooter for one or two players. The year is 1942, and you are a daring fighter pilot "Super Ace". You begin and end each of the numerous levels on an aircraft carrier and then fly your plane into battle against the enemy over both sea and land. After destroying certain plane formations you can collect several different power ups to increase your fire power and chances of survival. You can also make your plane roll to avoid enemy attacks 3 times per life. There are 24 levels, the first being Midway and the last The Final Area.


1942 NES Fighting enemy planes
1942 NES Flying a mission over land
1942 NES A very large enemy!
1942 NES Attacking planes with some weapon power ups

Promo Images

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1942 Screenshot
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1942 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Capcom Arcade Cabinet: 1942" -- PSN title
  • "1942 MOBILE" -- Android title

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User Reviews

Who knew WWII in the Pacific was so much like Xevious? PCGamer77 (3225) 1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars
A great game 1942 akumakun (6) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Questicle.net Jan, 2011 B- 67
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Video Game Den Sep 18, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Retro4Ever Mar 04, 2013 5.5 out of 10 55
1UP! Dec 11, 2015 52 out of 100 52
Classic-games.net Apr 24, 2020 5 out of 10 50
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 5 out of 10 50
Retro Game Reviews Sep 20, 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 40
Just Games Retro Jan 04, 2002 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Game Freaks 365 2005 2 out of 10 20


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1942(arcade) released for Windows(via Steam) on the Capcom Arcade Stadium 1 Andrew Fisher (707)
Aug 22, 2022


Capcom's First Console Game

1942 for the NES marks Capcom's first home video game.

C16 version

The game was in development for the Commodore 16, with loading instructions for the system appearing in other formats released by Elite, and an infamous April Fool of the title screen and music being produced. Richard Ikin revealed years later that he was working on it, with graphics provided by an unknown artist, but it was cancelled by Elite while fairly advanced in development. Sadly Richard has nothing of the original code, and his attempt at creating it as a hobby in the mid-2010s stalled due to real life issues.
Servo (57351) added 1942 (NES) on Dec 12, 2002
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