Capcom arms 1942: Joint Strike

Backbone Entertainment-developed remake of classic arcade shooter arriving on XBLA, PSN on July 23, 24, respectively, for $10.

Capcom has been hitting its stable of classic franchises hard as of late, delivering to Microsoft and Sony's online platforms such arcade-inspired hits as Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and Bionic Commando Rearmed. Today, Capcom said that its next classic redux, 1942: Joint Strike, has counted out its whole nine yards and will take wing on Xbox Live beginning July 23, with the PlayStation Network edition arriving as part of Sony's weekly Thursday update on July 24.

Drawing its inspiration liberally from Capcom's classic 1984 shoot-'em-up 1942, Joint Strike features the franchise's signature vertical-scrolling 2D action, in which would-be aviators sail the unfriendly skies in "a seemingly WWII-like era." Emphasizing this break from historical accuracy, Capcom notes that Joint Strike will feature new weapons and power-ups.

Capcom has once again tapped Backbone Entertainment to handle this arcade throwback. Joint Strike brings the 194X series into the high-definition age, and will incorporate both 3D art and a widescreen format. The game will also feature both local and online co-op play for two, and as noted in GameSpot's hands-on with the game, the developer has tempered the frenetic shoot-'em-up with four difficulty settings.

1942: Joint Strike will be available for $9.99 (800 Microsoft points).

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akiwak
akiwak

@JamesSoprano- that was a dumb thing to say. Games are supposed to be bought to play them and experience their action and figure out their puzzles. Not for the cookies you'll get. I hope this game is a success because I would like to see Raiden, Gradius, R-type, and Contra make a come back! Tough games that even newbies to the series who set the game to easy will have a hard time passing on the first try. I still remember my fingures getting numb trying to play these type of games back on the nintendo....ahhhhhh!!!

9mmSpliff
9mmSpliff

James, so you base your game buying on Trophies? :lol:

JamesSoprano
JamesSoprano

boy wouldn't it be nice if they released a trophy system for this for the PS3 ..... but i doubt it .. if theirs no demo then i'm not buying but i would consider if trophies were involved but since they didn't say their was .. i'm gonna assume they won't bother putting in the patch for it later on down the road

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

Omg i don't think i have seen this in soo freakin' long. The rebuffed graphics looks pretty decent, nothing special...but deffinetly looks better than the old ones graphics!

svenuce
svenuce

Game looks pretty hot. I assume there's online play?

lm_born2die
lm_born2die

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SonicHomeboy
SonicHomeboy

Wow. I remember playing that game a long time ago. This should be interesting. :)

cooldude03
cooldude03

Capcom is becoming king on Xbox Live Arcade. Commando 3 is awesome. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix beta is tight. 1942: Joint Strike looks very promising. But most of all Bionic Commando Rearmed is the game I look forward to the most. It looks better than the new current gen Bionic Commando. I know Capcom has a huge classic game collection and hopefully Capcom keeps on rocking my Live Arcade for years to come.

TreMattic
TreMattic

Bump this, where's Street Fighter HD remix and when is it coming out! How long does it take to re-draw a game for HD Visuals?? I cant wait to try it out on the PS3 controller, should be almost like back in the old days with the Ninendo system!

zimaking
zimaking

I still play the original on my computer using an emulator, this game should be great ;}

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Whoever did the graphics for this game need glasses. Some screenshots are blurry as hell.

ne0man
ne0man

man I just remembered, what a blast It would be to have GigaWing 3...those sweet graphics and motion sickness inflicting spins and all those bullets filling the screen, huge high scores...

Thornorway
Thornorway

Would definately get this on XBL when it comes out, hopefully this is a world wide release and not just for the yankees

turb06
turb06

this was my favourite arcade game ever, i cant wait for this.

johnrkinsey1
johnrkinsey1

I can't flipping wait.....(yes, it is a 1942 pun...)

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Sweet! But I have a better idea. Give us Final Fight, with online play, HD graphics and remixed sound! That'd be awesome.

skemaal
skemaal

Fond memories of the original and it's sequel, 1943. Hopefully, this latest version will live up to it's name.

xBlitzerx
xBlitzerx

Hopefully they kept and updated the same soundtrack as the original. That was the best thing about it.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

Hm, the screens of it have some annoyingly excessive blur effect on everything below your teeny tinny fighter. Maybe it will look better in action, but the screens make me think this one's an eye killer.

5FingersOfDeath
5FingersOfDeath

Hope it has trophy support out the box, I mean out the down low?

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Uhh... Playstation Blog says July 31. EDIT: Here's to hoping for a new Gun.Smoke or Ghosts N Goblins!

zero0131
zero0131

i want Raiden on XBLA.....that game would be freaking awesome

galduke
galduke

"Aviators sail the unfriendly skies in 'a seemingly WWII-like era'" because if they were historically accurate, they'd end up either running raids on Chinese villages or shooting their grandparents. Still an awesome arcade series, though.

Randy_Savage
Randy_Savage

Sounds good but I really just want them to hurry up and release Bionic Commando Rearmed...

Guts5
Guts5

I've been looking forward to this one. I like Wolf on the Battlefield too. Keep the good oldies coming in these better versions!!!

akiwak
akiwak

I loved this game and would like nothing else but to play it again. Never passed the arcade version of it but I did spend a lot of quarters trying. i will buy this game and play it till I pass it!!! For all the quarters that i spent on it....can't wait for the end of the month.