©1991 Hudson Soft
Release : 1991-08-23 (¥9800)
HuCard (8 Mbits) HC91048
Shooter / Vertical
1941 Counter Attack is a vertical shooter by Capcom and conversion of the arcade
game of the same name originally released in 1990. The action takes place during World War II
and depicts Capcom's own fantastic vision of the historic battle between the American
and Japanese air forces in the Pacific. The player's mission is rather straightforward - on
board a Lockheed P-38 airplane, he must fight his way through six varied stages, take down
enemy installations, battleships and other huge rockets on their narrow launching pads. Unlike its
predecessors in the series, 1941 Counter Attack traded the trademark and arguably monotonous
level design for a more structured and diverse formula. Stages vary from an enemy infested canyon to
city landscapes and fortified strongholds. Several powerups can be collected along the way, such as
tiny wingmen widening the plane's fire power, or destructive special weapons such as laser beams
and side rockets. The main weapon can also be charged up by holding the fire button to discharge
a powerful attack. Finally, the plane comes with a small life bar and can be hit three time before being
blasted into oblivion - this bar however increases as the game progresses, and is used to release
devastating special attacks as well. 1941 Counter Attack also features a two simultaneous
1941 Counter Attack was originally released in the arcades in 1990 (picture on the left).
The SuperGrafx conversion tested here was the first and only port available for a long while.
1941 Counter Attack was much later included in Capcom Classics Collection Remixed
(Playstation Portable, 2006) and in Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2
(XBox/Playstation 2, 2006). The Supergrafx port if fairly close to the
original arcade game. The first obvious difference is the screen aspect ratio. The width of
the playfield is close (although shorter) to the arcade, but the vertical display is much
shorter. The rest of the game is incredibly faithful to the original game and only suffers from
minor (and extremely rare) graphical alterations.
See 1942 (Fc) for more information about
Capcom's 194X series.
Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :
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Add your Pov here !
1941 Counter Attack is an awesome game, and I personally think it is the best
title available in the SuperGrafx (short) library. I must admit that I have always
found 1942 and 1943 a bit bland and repetitive, and this third episode in
the series definitively addresses the issue and features six different and unique levels.
The graphics are sharp and detailed, the amount of sprites on screen is impressive, and I
particularly appreciate the level design, which features huge bosses and excellent sceneries.
This conversion is very faithful to the original arcade game and only the soundtrack and
sound effects are of lower quality and took a hit. All in all, 1941 Counter Attack
is incredible. However, be ready to crack open your piggy bank to add this game to your