1942 X RepliCade Review: Capcom’s WWII Shooter Transformed into Mini Arcade

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New Wave prides itself in retro arcade gaming including miniature arcade cabinets called X RepliCade and miniature token machines. Some of the X RepliCade games include Dragon’s Lair, Asteroids, Centipede and Street Fighter 2. This year, it released 1942 X RepliCade, which is based on Capcom’s classic World War 2 shooter. New Wave has done a wonderful job of replicating the arcade experience with the fun and simple top-down shooter. The details of the tiny cabinet have been reproduced including the coin slot, joystick, buttons, playable game, art and marquee lighting.

The 1/6 scale machine captures the look and feel of the 1984 ROMSTAR/Capcom arcade machine complete with wood grain and the lowboy style. It comes with 1942 and 1943: The Battle of Midway from game designer Yoshiki Okamoto. It measures 10.4″H x 4.5W x 5.25″D and features detailed art for its size including 3M vinyl overlays and a marquee on the top that lights up. There’s a Japanese-style diecast metal coin slot and cabinet settings.

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LCD is used for the screen instead of a CRT, and you can connect it to your bigger TV with the HDMI connection. The screen has a 3:4 aspect ratio that shows the vertical orientation of the original game.

The customizable DIP-switch comes in handy for those who don’t want the arcade experience of wasting their coins. In other words, play to your heart’s content with as many lives as you want. Press up on the DIP-switch to stack your credits, which you can do up to 99 times. Pressing down will give you the other menu where you can choose which game to play, difficulty level, turning on/off the marquee light, changing starting lives, and more.

1942 X RepliCade

1942 has you piloting a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, aka the “Super Ace” in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Your mission is to reach Tokyo and destroy Japanese planes. Pilots will have to maneuver to dodge projectiles and enemy planes, and there are 32 stages you must finish to reach the end. You’ll have help with power-ups, which can give you more firepower like having two extra planes by your side or spreading your bullets. The audio is pretty simple and most of the time, you’ll be hearing whistle-like sounds in the background as you eliminate the enemies. Lastly, the graphics capture the early ’80s graphics with the ocean, random islands, and planes.

1943: The Battle of Midway

1943: The Battle of Midway is the sequel to 1942 and was released in 1987. It has updated graphics with more color and details. The audio has been improved including better music quality, and there are no more annoying whistling sounds. The action is more intense with more planes, ships and power-ups, creating a more varied experience. Instead of lives, your plane has a health meter, and if it reaches zero, it’s game over (unless you continue by having more credits, which you can stack up to 9 times.)

The controls are pretty responsive for the joystick and buttons on the cabinet, but we prefer using the included 1943 Mini Arcade Stick since it feels more like using a gamepad controller because of the placement of your hands on the sides.

Final Reaction

The 1942 X RepliCade mini arcade cabinet is a fine addition to your mini arcade collection. It features two classic games, 1942 and 1943: The Battle of Midway. Moreover, the two games are fully playable on the tiny screen complete with the joystick and buttons. It’s a highly detailed miniature arcade cabinet that replicates the look of the 1943 arcade cabinet. The 11-inch wood cabinet construction is solid and it has a light-up marquee, coin slot and art design. In addition, your friends can join in on the fun with the extra 1943 Mini Arcade Stick for two-player fun. It also features an HDMI connection so that you can play this on the bigger screen.

1942 X RepliCade is available on NewWaveToys.com for $149.99.

A unit was provided by New Wave Toys for review purposes.

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