1942 & Black Tiger video: Full Access Playthrough

In keeping with what’s evidently becoming a weekly tradition, welcome to another FAP that - yes! - even we the participants were dreading. It’s another Virtual Console Monday, and it seems Capcom has been gracious enough to bestow us with TWO more arcade “classics,” 1942 and Black Tiger:

Once again, the only thing more ridiculous than the difficulty of the games this week, is the laughable price they’re commanding. Both titles have been made available elsewhere for less than half the cost, and in some cases, even FREE... So let’s take a FAP-happy look at what only the most nostalgic and well-to-do breed of gamer would ever be able to justify paying EIGHT BUCKS for.


You’re no doubt most familiar with this one, as it’s the inaugural schmup in Capcom’s long line of games titled with dates instead of names. The gameplay works just like we remembered, although the plane itself feels significantly heavier, slower, when compared to the spacey shooters we play today. Needless to say, we dove in completely overestimating our muscle memory and died a lot.

Black Tiger

Eric was the only one who’d even heard of this one. Known as "Black Dragon" in Japan, you’re looking at the spiritual successor to the infamous quarter bandit, Ghosts ‘n Goblins. With an adorable barbarian subbing for Arthur, added health and the ability to “block” make this game just a little bit easier than GnG. However, it’s certainly no less meanspirited.

Above: Could this be the finest game Kihaji ever produce?!

Black Tiger was built to shake coins from your pockets, and as such, comes off as remarkably cruel today. Enemies shoot you from and through places where you cannot shoot back, nearly 50% of treasure chests contain harmful booby traps, and for a guy firing out a tri-spread fan of daggers AND a yo-yo mace, he can’t seem to smite anything in less than seventeen shots. If there’s anybody out there who actually remembers enjoying this thing, please prove us wrong in the comments below.

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  • CanadianBeaverHunter - January 27, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    All this time I thought Black Tiger was just a Japanese wrestler. Good to know that great name was also used for a quarter-sucking arcade game.
  • ZenPhoenix - January 26, 2011 12:07 a.m.

    You gave it the ol' college try. Good show!
  • Aforextreme - January 25, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Great FAP guys. My favorite line was "Is it weird that my default weapon is EVERY weapon?"
  • dontshootthereviewer - January 25, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    What's the world coming too! Can't enjoy a good FAP on my Itouch
  • BigLandoz - January 25, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Fucking Rasta skeleton dancers... Ha!
  • philipshaw - January 25, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    Great FAP and I love how you are spending your own money on these games. Is there no way to get free download codes
  • grayguwapo - January 25, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    hehehe... I have the ROM for 1942 (and a hundred other oldies) and played it in my NES emulator... got a cheap USB controller (simulating the NES controller) to play the games which cost me 3 bucks and enjoyed all the classics... nice thing about it was I can save at any point in the game (esp. when I'm all powerful) and reload anytime... Finished all the games I was never able to before... so ya, I won't pay a penny for any of those...
  • elpurplemonkey - January 25, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    I love the FAPs so much, keep them coming!
  • practicallyhitler - January 25, 2011 5:51 a.m.

    I am loving the hell out of these FAPs. They're like mini T-dars with entertaining visuals. You should make them downloadable, so I can put them on my phone and have something hilarious to watch while I pretend to take a dump at my boring job. Consider it a personal favor.
  • Sathan - January 25, 2011 5:33 a.m.

    Those games look brutal, keep up the FAP's please.
  • Darkhawk - January 25, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    "Don't buy today!" But yeah, for those interested: Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded for PSP IS worth the purchase: It has the COMPLETE Ghosts 'n Goblins series (minus Ultimate and the iPhone versions), PLUS 1942-1943, PLUS a bunch of other great stuff like Knights of the Round. And all that can be had for...$13 Canadian!
  • PhantomOfKrankor - January 25, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    Not showing up on my Iphone either...
  • Crabhand - January 25, 2011 4:20 a.m.

    For the record, I love watching your FAPs.
  • Ramijiman - January 25, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    I GOT EVERY WEAPON!!! good Fap
  • Eliath - January 25, 2011 2:36 a.m.

    1942 was one of those games that I played a ton as a kid and rocked it, tried a few years ago and sucked at it, and wrote it off as a childhood memory best left as a childhood memory. Also... FAP!
  • listerinemarine - January 25, 2011 2 a.m.

    Black Tiger is laughing stock when come to grammar.
  • InsomniacGamer - January 25, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    I would be more happy with Bomber Raid on the sega mastersystem than 1942
  • mastersword369 - January 25, 2011 1:42 a.m.

    The video doesn't show on iPhones...
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - January 25, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    Adjusting audio! Fixed momentarily.
  • SillyPigeon - January 25, 2011 1:04 a.m.

    Love old FAPs. Shame the audio got out of synch during Black Tiger

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