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1942 is a vertically scrolling shooter made by Capcom that was released for the arcade in 1984. It was the first game in the 19XX series. It was followed by 1943: The Battle of Midway.

1942
1942 arcade flyer.png
North American arcade flyer
Developer(s)Capcom
Publisher(s)
  • WW: Capcom
Elite Systems (C64)
Designer(s)Yoshiki Okamoto
Composer(s)Ayako Mori
Platform(s)Arcade, Famicom, MSX, NEC PC-8801, Game Boy Color, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
ReleaseArcade
  • WW: December 1984
Famicom/NES
  • JP: December 11, 1985 (1985-12-11)
  • NA: November 7, 1986 (1986-11-07)
Genre(s)Scrolling shooter
Mode(s)Single player, 2 player Co-op
CabinetUpright
Arcade systemCapcom Z80[3]
CPU1 × Z80 @ 4 MHz
Sound1 × Z80 @ 3 MHz
2 × AY-3-8910 @ 1.5 MHz
DisplayRaster (vertical),
224×256 resolution,
60 Hz refresh rate,[4]
256 colors on screen,
1536 color palette[5]

1942 is set in the Pacific theater of World War II. Despite of the game being created by Japanese developers, the goal is to reach Tokyo and destroy the entire Japanese air fleet. The player pilots a Lockheed P-38 Lightning dubbed the "Super Ace". The player has to shoot down enemy planes; to avoid enemy fire, the player can perform a roll or vertical loop. During the game the player may collect a series of power-ups, one of them allowing the plane to be escorted by two other smaller fighters in a Tip Tow formation. There were few enemies: Kawasaki Ki-61s, Mitsubishi A6M Zeros and Kawasaki Ki-48s. The boss plane is a Nakajima G8N.

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PortsEdit

The game was ported to the Famicom in 1985 in Japan, North America in 1986, (developed by Micronics), MSX, NEC PC-8801, and Game Boy Color. It was ported by the European games publisher Elite Systems to the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, and Commodore 64.

The music of the Commodore 64 version is based on the main verse of Ron Goodwin's 633 Squadron movie score,[6] with arrangement by Mark Cooksey.[7]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankingsGBC: 53%[8]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame     [9]
TouchArcadeiOS:      [10]

1942 was Capcom's breakaway hit, eclipsing in popularity the company's preceding three titles: Vulgus, Sonson, and Pirate Ship Higemaru. In 1987, it was number-one on Euromax's UK arcade chart (followed by Wonder Boy at number-two).[11]

LegacyEdit

1942 was the first Capcom title to spawn a successful series of sequels, with five titles in the 19XX line released from 1987 to 2000. Many of Capcom's other vertical shooters featured very similar gameplay, such as Varth: Operation Thunderstorm.

It was re-released in Capcom Generations 1 for the PlayStation and Saturn consoles. It was featured in the Capcom Classics Collection for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, as well as Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded for the PlayStation Portable. The arcade version was added to the Wii Virtual Console in Japan on December 21, 2010, the PAL an North American regions in January 2011. It was also re-released for Windows Mobile Professional.

1942: Joint Strike was released for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in 2008. 1942: First Strike was released for iOS in 2010.

The game series has sold a total of 1.4 million units worldwide as of December 31, 2018, and stands as Capcom's 18th best-selling franchise.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Arcade PCB by Williams Electronics, Inc. (EXPORT VERSION)". Gaming History.
  2. ^ Daniel Hower and Eric Jacobson. "The Arcade Flyer Archive - Video Game Flyers: 1942, Romstar". Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  3. ^ "CAPCOM Z80 BASED HARDWARE". System 16.
  4. ^ "The Arcade PCB by Capcom Co., Ltd". Gaming History.
  5. ^ "1942 (First Version) (MAME version 0.147)". mamedb.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ "(Review for 1942: Arranged/Remixed tunes by Sabal Do'Ghym)". MIRSOFT. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.mirsoft.info/gmb/music_info.php%3Fid_ele%3DNTA%3D&sa=U&ei=M7xiUvzqHOOn0QW4rID4DQ&ved=0CDQQFjAJOAo&sig2=d_8AYPbmKrMad_LY9QPEqg&usg=AFQjCNFoK63Om-DU2EYpjV2alUW1xJa0eQ Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "1942 for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Miller, Skyler. "1942 - Legacy". AllGame. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (March 17, 2017). "'1942 Mobile' Review – Whoa-Oh, We're Midway There". TouchArcade. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Arcade Action Archived 2015-01-17 at Archive.today, Computer and Video Games, December 1987
  12. ^ CAPCOM | Game Series Sales

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