80. 1943: The Battle of Midway

Released: 1988
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Fun Fact: The designer of 1942 and 1943, Yoshiki Okamoto, went on to design the Street Fighter series of games for Capcom.

1943: The Battle of Midway was a sequel to an earlier top-down shooter published by Capcom called 1942. In 1943 the player controls a P-38 fighter and takes on the Japanese Air Force in one of the biggest naval engagements of World War II. The game ends with the destruction of the battleship Yamato.

This sequel added an energy mechanics, which replaced “lives” from 1942. Waves of red enemy planes, when completely destroyed, provided power-ups like health boosts, special weapons, and smart bombs that could destroy every enemy fighter on the screen. 1943 was a simple game, but addictive.