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1942 (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . This is yet another week where Nintendo uploads a game we already had on the Virtual Console. This is not the first time we've seen 1942, a couple years ago we had the chance to buy the NES version. This arcade game is better, but you should be careful and not double up. Despite some reservations, I like 1942. It's not the perfect 2D shooter, but it gets enough right to recommend. Rating: 64%
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What Is It? Released in 1984, this arcade smash hit was the first installment in the long running 19XX series. The concept is simple enough; you play a fighter pilot gunning down Japanese planes in the middle of the Pacific theater of World War II. The gameplay is classic vertical shooter, with you dodging enemies and picking up bonus items. Unfortunately, this was a few years before shooters realized the potential for different weapons and power-ups. Still, 1942 delivers one exciting level after another, recreated on the Virtual Console in its original arcade form. The name may not carry a lot of weight these days, but in the 1980s this arcade shooter was one of their most popular brands.

Does It Still Hold Up? There's nothing technically wrong with the gameplay, the plane is responsive and the levels are (for the most part) interesting. My issue is with the relative simplicity of the whole experience. Without huge power-ups to collect I found myself growing tired of the game quickly. Even the boss battles are relatively weak. There's a lot of fun to be had in 1942, but I preferred the sequels to this bare bones original.

Is It Worth The Money? This is yet another week where Nintendo uploads a game we already had on the Virtual Console. This is not the first time we've seen 1942, a couple years ago we had the chance to buy the NES version. This arcade game is better, but you should be careful and not double up. Despite some reservations, I like 1942. It's not the perfect 2D shooter, but it gets enough right to recommend.
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