1942 (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1985
Developer: Capcom Co., Ltd.
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1942 is an early scrolling shooter for the arcade that was ported over to several platforms including the NES. You play the pilot of a 1942 fighter plane who must shoot his way through 32 waves of hostile Japanese enemy fire from fighter planes, bombers, and occasionally, enormous boss planes. The game supports two players, but not at the same time, which really drops its entertainment value. Compared to later scrolling shooters, the game is quite primitive in the graphics and sound department, but it did start the 194X series which was very popular in the arcades of the 1980s.


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The title screen.

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Leaving USS Cape Esperance.

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Doing a loop de loop.

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Don't crash!

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Pick up the POW to get some heavy fire!

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Flying with a supped up plane.


1942's music can best be summed up as annoying. The background music tries to fit in some Morse Code, but because the sound effects use the same channels as the music, it's constantly interrupted by gunfire and explosions. There are a couple neat fanfares, but nothing here is very impressive. Capcom made a wise decision in having Ayako Mori port her music and sound effects to the NES for the best accuracy.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Flying Ayako MoriAyako Mori 1:37
02 Player Ready Ayako MoriAyako Mori 0:05
03 Stage Clear Ayako MoriAyako Mori 0:05
04 Game Over Ayako MoriAyako Mori 0:09


(Composer verified by staff, game lacks credits)

Because 1942 is such an early Capcom game, it's not certain whether it uses Yoshihiro Sakaguchi's sound driver.


Capcom: Game Music

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  Japan.svg   Japan
1942 - NES - Japan.jpg
Title: 1942
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1985-12-11
Publisher: Capcom Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
1942 - NES - USA.jpg
Title: 1942
Platform: NES
Released: 1986-11-??
Publisher: Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
  South Korea.svg   South Korea
Title: 1942
Platform: Famicom
Released: 198?-??-??
Publisher: Capcom Co., Ltd.