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1943 Kai
1943改
June 1988

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The original 1943 (1987) was an out-and-out smash hit for Capcom. Its sharp gameplay, cunning power-up system and relentless pace saw it become an arcade favourite all around the world, from busy Tokyo game rooms to remote Sicilian campsites.
Not a proper sequel per se, 1943 Kai is a Japan-exclusive reworking of the original 1943: it keeps the exact same setup and gameplay, while making a few minor tweaks here and there for variety's sake (‘Kai' means 'Modified').
A sturdy biplane replaces the staple P-38, the level count has been reduced from 16 to 10, and the weapon selection available from the 'POW' icons has been increased to include the 'wingmen' option and a super-efficient 'laser' (a special weapon that could only be obtained via a hidden code in 1943). Not just that, every weapon can now be individually powered-up by picking up the same icon twice. So word to the wise: go for two lasers and some wingmen immediately.
While it may be exactly the same as its predecessor, 1943 Kai does have a slightly different flavour: it features an all-new soundtrack and the overall rhythm of the game game has been increased. If anything, the core of the game is better - but then its kitsch biplanes, over-the-top weaponry and outrageous background colours (red sea?) give it a re-hashed feel, loosing the gritty pseudo-realism of the original.
But that's OK. Capcom know what they're doing. The difficulty has been upped so that the game is even more unforgivably fierce... It's a quicker, tougher challenge - a souped-up remix specifically concocted for those who enjoyed the original.

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PC Engine version
Having produced the Famicom versions of 1942 (1984) and 1943 (1987) themselves, Capcom chose to license out home duties of 1943 Kai (1988) and 1941 (1990) to third party companies; and it's the notoriously unreliable Naxat Soft who got their hands on 1943 Kai... But it's a surprisingly good version.
It's a very good version even - Naxat have in fact really outdone themselves: after seven arcade-style levels (and a brief power-up sequence) the game goes completely nuts, and four 'Original' stages kick in... Super-fast, high-energy thrill-rides with improved weaponry, crazy background animations, and seriously cranked enemies. Give it a try - the train chase level is worth it alone.
And when those end credits finally roll, you can’t help getting this overwhelming feeling of 'Hey, that wasn't bad at all...'
 


 
1943 Kai
1943改
PC ENGINE
DETAILS
Format PC Engine
Released 22 Mar 1991
Publisher Naxat
Product ID NX91002
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
1943 Kai is an unsung diamond of the PC Engine library.
2-Player shooters are really hard to come by on the format, and this one throws up quite a serious amount of carnage.

Standard PCE packaging, 4Mbit HuCard, monochrome booklet.

Capcom Generation Dai 1 Shū Gekkitsui Oh no Jidai
カプコンジェネレーション 第1集 撃墜王の時代

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 27 Aug 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1232G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The first Capcom Generation contains perfect replicas of the first 3 games of the 194X series:
- 1942 (1984)
- 1943 (1987)
- 1943 Kai (1988)
Each game features individual options, vertical / horizontal screen modes, art galleries, game tips, sound tests and hidden extras.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Capcom Generation Dai 1 Shū Gekkitsui Oh no Jidai
カプコンジェネレーション 第1集 撃墜王の時代
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 27 Aug 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-01535
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
PlayStation version of the first Capcom Generation, featuring the first 3 games of the 194X series:
- 1942 (1984)
- 1943 (1987)
- 1943 Kai (1988)
Includes menus, gameplay hints, art galleries, sound tests and more.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, 24-page colour booklet, spine card.

Capcom Generation Dai 1 Shū Gekkitsui Oh no Jidai
カプコンジェネレーション 第1集 撃墜王の時代 [カプコレ]

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 22 Feb 2001
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-86748
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
'Capcom Collection' re-issue of the PlayStation Capcom Generation 1.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM, colour booklet, spine card.

Capcom Retro Game Collection Vol.1
カプコン レトロゲーム コレクション Vol.1

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 30 Mar 2005
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-87359
Size (cm) 21 x 15 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
The Capcom Generation series gets itself another lease of life:
- 1942 (1984)
- 1943 (1987)
- 1943 Kai (1988)
The game disc is presented inside a luxurious hardback book featuring extended instructions, official art and gameplay hints.

A5 hardback book, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour manual.

Capcom Classics Collection
カプコン クラシックス コレクション
PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 2 Mar 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-66317
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
All 16 titles of the Capcom Generation series, plus 6 more:
- Section Z (1985)
- Ares no Tsubasa (1986)
- Tatakai no Banka (1986)
- Top Secret (1987)
- Lost Worlds (1988)
- Final Fight (1989)
22 games in total.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection
カプコン クラシックス コレクション
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 7 Sep 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-05104
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
All 16 titles of the Capcom Generation collection, plus 3 more:
- The King of Dragons (1991)
- Knights of the Round (1992)
- Ultimate Ecology (1994)
19 games in total.

Standard PSP case, UMD disc, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection [Best Price]
カプコン クラシックス コレクション [ベストプライス]
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 13 Sep 2007
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-05280
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
'Best Price' re-release of the PSP Capcom Classics Collection.

Standard PSP case, UMD disc, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection [Best Price]
カプコン クラシックス コレクション [ベストプライス]
PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 11 Oct 2007
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-66852
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
'Best Price' re-issue of the PS2 Capcom Classics Collection.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, colour booklet.

 



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