1943 was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System and Famicom in 1988 by Capcom. While it follows the same layout as the Arcade game, it includes many changes exclusive to this version.
In Japan, the game was retitled 1943: The Battle of Valhalla. This was done due to controversy regarding the depiction of the Japanese as enemies. For the same reason, all bosses names were changed to the names of emperors from Romance of the Three Kingdoms and all references to the Imperial Japanese Navy were removed, though the in-game sprites were never changed. The American version retain these changes, but uses the original subtitle.
The major addition in this version is a stats system. Before the game begins, the player is given three points to distribute into various parameters, which affect the plane's ability. By finding Bamboo Sprouts and Fireflies on the stages the player obtains extra points to distribute. The parameters are:
- Offensive Power: Raises the ship's firepower.
- Defensive Power: Raises the ship's resistance to damage.
- Energy Level: Raises the maximum fuel.
- Special Weapon: Unlocks the various special weapons (only the Shotgun is available at the beginning).
- Special Weapon Time Limit: Raises the special weapon's ammuniton.
- Bamboo Sprout: Gives one stat point.
- Dragonfly: Gives two stat points.
- Barrel: Replenishes weapon ammo.
- Lucky Cat: Replenishes weapon ammo.
- Mobi-chan: Replenishes weapon ammo.
- Sakichi: Fully replenishes weapon ammo.
- POW: Small energy recovery.
- Energy Tank: Medium energy recovery.
- Elephant: Medium energy recovery.
- Big Energy Tank: Large energy recovery.
- Holstein: Large energy recovery.
- Yashichi: Maximum energy recovery.
Missions and BossesEdit
The NES version includes all missions from the Arcade version. After the standard 16 missions are completed, a small cutscene will inform the fleet you've been fighting was a decoy, after which you'll replay a few missions before completing the game, for a total of 24 missions.