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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