66: 1943: The Battle of Midway

Genre: Shooter

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Year: 1988

Basic Idea:  Single-handedly take on the entire Japanese empire

Review: 1942 is a pretty mediocre shooter, indistinguishable from every other shooter on the market and with awful sound to boot.  Its successor is a tremendous improvement in every way and one of the best shooters on the system.  It’s one of the few shooters where your plane can actually get hit and not instantly explode; you can upgrade your shields as you go to improve this.  Not only that, there are several awesome weapon upgrades, including a five-way shot and a smart bomb.  You can also fire a powerful shot from your cannon if you’re willing to let it ride for a bit.  Also, in addition to continues, there is actually passwords provided at various points.

There’s not much negative to say about this game.  The graphics are nothing exciting, but they’re fairly well-detailed.  It can get a little monotonous after a while.  There’s also no 2-player mode, unfortunately.  But for what it is, it’s a worthy play.  In fact, a must play if you’re at all a fan of shooters.


2 thoughts on “66: 1943: The Battle of Midway

  1. I always heard this was better but never got my hands on it. My brother and I played 1942 relentlessly for hours one day until we finally beat it, at which point there was a crappy blue silhouette of the USA on a brighter blue background and it said “CONGRATULAION.” After about three seconds, it flipped back to the title screen. It was the worst ending of all time. Nick and I were laughing so hard we couldn’t breathe.

    • You know, it’s an awful ending, but probably just tied for worst among NES endings. I did a review on-line for 1942 a long time ago and I remember primarily making fun of the ending.

      It’s a decent shooter, but man did I hate the sound in that game.

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