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1943: The Battle of Midway

original title: 1943: Midway Kaisen


Censored Retail Version
Region: Japan

Uncut Prototype
Region: Japan

Release: Dec 18, 2014 - Author: kurisuteian - Translator: DaxRider123
1943: The Battle of Midway is the sequel to Capcom's arcade classic 1942 from 1987. Just as its prequel, "1943" was a very successful Shoot 'em Up and ported to several home consoles and computers.

However, the status of a classic did not prevent the game from becoming a victim to Nindento's strict guidelines regarding offensive contentds. That of course was also the case with "1943: The Battle of Midway", after all, you are an American pilot during WWII who fights Japanese troops - unthinkable for Nintendo back in the days.

In order to be able to release the game on the Famicom, the title "1943: The Battle of Midway" was reduced to "1943" on both the title screen. The game's box had a new title as well - "1943: The Battle of Valhalla". However, if anyone was expecting a battle against giants and Valkyries, he was going to be disappointed. The gameplay itself stayed aunaltered and can be recommended to any retro game fan.

When marketing the game on the American market, it was promoted as "1943: The Battle of Midway" again, yet the title screen still just showed the title "1943".

American Package:Japanese Package:

By now, someone has found a prototype for the Famicom which includes an uncut porting of the game. This prototype is the basis for this report.

This is a comparison between the uncut Famicom prototype and the censored Japanese and American retail version.
1. Title Screen

The prototype's title screen shows the game's original full name "The Battle of Midway" in front of the 1943 logo.

Titlescreen of the Prototypes:

The Japanese and American retail versions both just show the 1943 logo.

Japanese Title Screen:American Title Screen:

2. Projectiles

If you collect a power-up, the plane not just fires the MG but also throws a few fireballs. In the prototype version they are round, while in the retail versions they look like rings.

Retail Version:Prototype:

The small images barely make you realize the fireballs' pattern. However, if you zoom in, you can see that they look a little bit like a swastika.

Retail Version:Prototype:

The fireballs' shape comes directly from the arcade version. The latter has better graphics and a better color depths, which makes you realize that it inf act are not supposed to be swastikas. After all, you are on the American side.