1942 (video game)
North American arcade flyer
Elite Systems (C64)
|Platform(s)||Arcade, Famicom, MSX, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, NEC PC-8801, FM-7, Sharp X1, Game Boy Color|
|Mode(s)||Single player, 2 player Co-op|
|Arcade system||Capcom Z80|
|CPU||1 × Z80 @ 4 MHz|
|Sound||1 × Z80 @ 3 MHz|
2 × AY-3-8910 @ 1.5 MHz
60 Hz refresh rate,
256 colors on screen,
1536 color palette
1942 is set in the Pacific theater of World War II. Despite 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. Enemies included: Kawasaki Ki-61s, Mitsubishi A6M Zeros and Kawasaki Ki-48s. The boss plane is a Nakajima G10N.
The game was ported to the Famicom in 1985 in Japan, North America in 1986, (developed by Micronics), MSX, NEC PC-8801, FM-7, Sharp X1, and Game Boy Color. It was ported by the European games publisher Elite Systems to the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, and Commodore 64.
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In Japan, Game Machine listed 1942 on their January 1, 1985 issue as being the fourth most-successful table arcade unit of the year. 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).
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.
The game series has sold a total of 1.4 million units worldwide as of December 31, 2019, and stands as Capcom's 18th best-selling franchise.
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