1941: Counter Attack

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1941: Counter Attack
1941 - Counter Attack arcade flyer.jpg
Developer(s) Capcom [lower-alpha 1]
Publisher(s) Arcade
  • JP/NA: Capcom
  • EU: Electrocoin
  • JP: Hudson Soft
Director(s) Yoshiki Okamoto
Designer(s) Akira Nishitani
Noritaka Funamizu [1]
Toshihiko Uda
Programmer(s) Yoshihiro Shindome
Artist(s) Akemi Kurihara
Akira Yasuda
Sadaki Matsumoto
Composer(s) Hiromitsu Takaoka
Platform(s) Arcade, SuperGrafx
  • JP: February 1990
  • NA: May 1990
  • EU: 1990
  • JP: 23 August 1991
Genre(s) Vertically scrolling shooter
Arcade system CP System

1941: Counter Attack is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game by Capcom, released in February 1990. It is the second sequel to 1942 , and the third game in the 19XX series. It was ported to the SuperGrafx in 1991 and to GameTap. It was released on Capcom Classics Collection Remixed for the PlayStation Portable and Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was followed by 19XX: The War Against Destiny in 1996.



Arcade version screenshot. ARC 1941 - Counter Attack.png
Arcade version screenshot.

The goal is to shoot down enemy airplanes and collect weapon power-ups (POW). [2] The game uses a vitality system instead of life system in which if the player is hit, it loses one point of vitality and the player is destroyed if hit with 0 vitality then the player is given the option to continue. Lightning attacks can be used by pressing the B button which sacrifices a portion of life energy. Three loops can be performed per level and a bonus is awarded at the end of the level for unused loops. Player 1 uses a P-38 Lightning and Player 2 uses a new plane: DH.98 Mosquito. The game shifts from the original Pacific Front setting with that of the Western Front, in the north Atlantic Ocean.

It is the first shoot 'em up to add +1 to the score when a continue is used. [2]


1941: Counter Attack was first released in arcades by Capcom and Electrocoin in 1990, running on the CP System board. [3] [4] In February 2021, it was re-released in pack 2 of the Capcom Arcade Stadium compilation for Nintendo Switch. [5] [6] [7]


In Japan, Game Machine listed 1941: Counter Attack in its March 15, 1990 issue as the third most popular arcade game of the month. [16] The game garnered positive reception from reviewers and awards from Gamest magazine. [15] [17] However, the original arcade version had mixed reception from western publications. [3] [18] In contrast, the SuperGrafx conversion had very positive reception from Japanese and western critics. [19] [20] Readers of PC Engine Fan voted to give the SuperGrafx version a 19.44 out of 30 score, ranking at the number 368 spot in a poll. [21]


  1. Ported to SuperGrafx by Hudson Soft

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