YMMV / 1942

  • Crowning Music of Awesome — Of note especially is 1944's hard rock soundtrack.
  • Ear Worm — The March of Midway, featured in 1942. It's even worse in the NES port, which turns the whistling into beeps.
  • First Installment Wins — No one seems to have heard of 19XX or 1944. It doesn't help that they're the only arcade games thus far without rereleases or ports.
  • Offending the Creator's Own — Four of the games (1942, 1943, 1944, and 1942: Joint Strike) recreate the Americans' attacks on the Japanese in World War II. The NES/Famicom port of 1943 in particular had to have the battleships renamed to avoid potential controversy.
  • Porting Disaster — The NES port of 1942 has a very poor framerate and an even more annoying rendition of the March of Midway. This was due to Capcom outsourcing the port to a small company called Micronics, who also did their Ghosts and Goblins NES port. Capcom would learn their lesson for the NES port of 1943 which, while not meant to be an Arcade Perfect Port, is agreed by many players to be a much better port.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel — In terms of NES ports, 1943 is a huge improvement over the outsourced 1942, featuring mostly-consistent 60 FPS, a Point Build System for ship customization, and arrangements of the arcade tracks that are just as good. It's not an Arcade Perfect Port, nor does it support 2 players, but it's a great improvement in its own right.