National Game Registry 1985: 1942

United States Library of Congress

key personnel
Yoshiki Okamoto
original platform
arcade (1984, Capcom)

Only in the world of video games could a Japanese company immortalize the Americans’ retaliation following the Pearl Harbor attack. The Super Ace fighter plane’s immodest objective is to reach Tokyo and destroy the entire Imperial airfleet. This “one-plane airforce” is a common theme in scrolling shooter games but 1942 sets itself apart with extremely balanced gameplay and a real, historical situation as opposed to the then-cliche space shooter scenario.

1942 was inducted on May 25th, 2009.

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3 responses to “National Game Registry 1985: 1942

  1. When I was a kid, I used to think this was a video game sequel to Steven Spielberg’s “1941.”

    I was a bright kid.

  2. Well, when I was a kid, I never even heard of the film, ‘1941’. I don’t think I even heard of it until high school or college.

    Your story reminds me of ‘Goonies II’, the video game that was a sequel to the film.

  3. i think more people need to explore the sequel-in-another-medium idea.

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