FAQ/Walkthrough by strawhat

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By strawhat
Version 1.2
Last Update: 4/20/06

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Table of Contents
{1.0} Introduction
{2.0} Basics
{3.0} Tips
{4.0} Walkthrough
{5.0} Items
{6.0} Passwords
{7.0} Conclusion


Version 1.2: Finished the walkthrough.

Version 1.1: Did bosses up to level 7.

Version 1.0: Version release.

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|*****                       {1.0} Introduction                         *****|
|~                                                                          ~|

Thanks for choosing this FAQ to help you with the classic, side scrolling
shooting game of 1943. This FAQ was written for the sake of gamers worldwide,
and for the NES Completion project of GameFAQs.com. Although lacking a full
FAQ, this really is a good game, ESPECIALLY for the time period in which it
was released. If you're interested in these old arcade games, I greatly
recommend that you pick this up or try it somewhere.

Please enjoy this FAQ, but most of all, enjoy the game. Classics these days
can never be the same as these games.

|*****                          {2.0} Basics                            *****|
|~                                                                          ~|

| Button    | Effect                |
| A         | Special attack        |
| B         | Normal Attack         |
| Start     | Pause game            |
| Select    | Nothing               |
| D-Pad     | Move fighter          |

This game is a normal side scrolling shooter. Try to get the most points by
shooting down all of the planes with your normal attack(B). At the end of each
level, there will be a boss. Defeat the boss ship to move on to the next

Effect of Weapons
There are two different weapons that you can use to shoot down planes. The
normal weapon will be able to take down most of the small planes down with a
hit. The special attack will destroy all planes that are seen on the screen.
However, it takes up a lot more energy and for boss ships, will only
temporarily freeze it. There's also a third weapons you can use. If you hold
B until you hear a noise, release to let out a stronger shot. This can
destroy the larger planes.

When you run out of energy, you can still use the lightning attack, but only
three times. You'll do a loop before executing the attack, so it'll also be

Energy is an important thing in the game. On the bottom right of the screen,
you'll see the amount of energy you possess. This number will slowly decrease
as you play. It does not drop when you use your regular weapon. Your
special attack will make it drop a lot, as well as getting hit by enemy fire
or an enemy plane. When your energy goes down to zero, you will still be
alive. However, your shots will be much slower and the next time you take a
hit, it'll be Game Over.

At the end of every level, there will be a boss. You must defeat this boss in
order to move on to the next level. Usually, the boss ship will have a large
arrangement of guns and some powerful weapons. Defeating the ship generally
means to take down all of the guns. Make sure to avoid all of the enemy
gunfire. The special weapons can be helpful here to freeze up the boss ship,
allowing you several hits at it before it begins to fire again.

Usually, the boss will be a ship. But at times, you will have to take down a
fleet of planes or a large plane in order to continue. If you do well
defeating the boss, you will get a large energy bonus to start the next level.

Hidden Items
In each level, you might find some hidden items. If you shoot at a spot that
flashes, but there's nothing there, then that means there's a hidden item
there! Keep shooting at it and the item will soon reveal itself. This item
can be energy or levels up a stat. Either way, it's very useful. The hidden
spots do not change if you restart on the level.

Point Distribution
At the beginning of the game, you can select where you want to distribute your
three points. This will make your stats stronger. As you progress through the
game, you may find hidden items that can increase your stats. Here's a list of
all the stats and what they do:

Offense Pwr: Strengthens your shots.
Defense Pwr: Lowers the amount of Energy depleted when you take a hit.
Energy Level: Increases max amount of energy.
Special Weapon: Increases the amount of special weapons that you can get from
                the red figher planes.
SW Time Limit: Increases the amount of time that you can use a special weapon.

Red Fighters
You will see at least a couple of red planes in a formation in every level.
If you shoot down all of them, the last will will drop an item. This will be
a P, the pow symbol. Keep shooting it for the item to change. Depending on
your special weapon stat, you can get different weapons from it. The weapons
will keep cycling as you keep shooting it, the last being a small energy

|*****                           {3.0} Tips                             *****|
|~                                                                          ~|

Here's some tips for when you're playing the game:

1. Energy is important, but you must think about what you need in the future.
Sometimes, it's better to have a spread shot which will defend you from a
boss's attack than energy, in which you will still lose. You can still survive
without energy and with a powerful weapon, but it's harder vice-versa.

2. According to a kind contributor, he reccommends that you put one point in
defensive power, one in energy level, and one in special weapon at the
beginning of the game.

3. When you collect the same type of weapon twice from the red plane drops,
the weapon will become powered up and the special weapon timer will go up.

4. An upgraded spreadshot is the only weapon that can destroy enemy fire. Once
you have higher max energy levels and is more skilled, try to get these
upgraded spreadshots. It'll make the game a lot easier since you're don't have
to be flying everywhere dodging shots.

5. In the first level, the enemies will NOT shoot at you until right before
the boss. Use this to your advantage to rack up points and get what you want
from the red fighters.

6. You can only have six points in a stat after you have at least 3 in

7. Avoid the debris from ships after destroying them! It really sucks to
destroy a ship then get a game over because you didn't move out of the way.

8. Later in the game, you will often find yourselves in boss battles without
any energy. Use your lightning attack! You're only allowed a limited usage
of lightning attacks when you have no energy left, so save them for the
boss! The lightning attack will freeze boss ships in place so you can give
them a quick beating without worrying about taking a hit.

|*****                        {4.0} Walkthrough                         *****|
|~                                                                          ~|

Level 1: Rikaku
Pretty easy. There are two guns in the front, three in the back, and two on
each side. The guns to the front and rear are stronger, so make sure to take
them out first. They are all right on a line. The Rikaku's attacks are very
linear and slow, so put dodging as your first priorety.

Level 2: Kaku
Harder than Rikaku, but that's not saying much. Kaku has guns all alongside
the ship and two platforms at the front and back where green fighters can
come out to attack you. As soon as you see Kaku appear, take out the front
platform. Although green fighters don't do that much damage, it can really
add up especially if you are trying to dodge Kaku's lasers at the same time.
After taking out the front platform, proceed to destroy the guns. Just stay
in one line and fire away. When you see the second platform, feel free to
destroy that. I found that just destroying one platform was enough for me,

Level 3: Ayako
Level three is very short, so you should meet up with Ayako shortly. Ayako
is a large, green plane. It's not too hard to take down. Ayako fires five
shots that spread towards you. Individually, the shots don't do a lot of
damage. However, they fire quickly. If you have the level 2 spread weapon,
then you should easily beat this boss taking minimal damage as the spread
weapon destroys enemy fire. However, the spread shot WILL have a little bit
of trouble dealing damage. Aim for the engines of the plane and keep firing!
Double Laser also works exceptionally well here, considering 

Level 4: Kakushi
The Kukashi is similar to the Rikaku, except it has bigger, stronger guns.
Not much to say here except to dodge those damn things. However, if you have
a Double Laser, you should pierce through each gun with relative ease.

Level 5: Kyoshu
The Kyoshu is like a mix of all the other bosses. It has three platforms
where green fighters come out, many guns on the sides, and two powerful
lasers at the end. The spread weapon is your best bet here because the guns
fire pretty damn fast. Spread should take out all of the direct attacks,
although it'll be a bit slower to destroy the ship. If you have any weapon
other than the spread or double laser, it would be wise to take out the
platforms yielding green fighters.

Level 6: Ganryo
Level 6 is really short and doesn't have an actual boss. The boss is a large
unit of large green bombers. Take them down with anything. Double Laser is
undoubtably the easiest way out. There are plenty of red planes that can
give you more SW time or health if you need it. Dodging should be your main
priorety, but there really isn't all that much to dodge. The worst thing that
can happen is if you crash into one of the planes. That'll take a big chunk
of energy off.

Level 7: Choko
This level introduces a new technique by the opposing planes. They'll circle
around you, so be sure not to stick too close to one side. Not too hard once
you learn to stay close to the middle.

The boss consists of two ships. On the deck, there will be green fighters
ready to take off. As soon as you see them, shoot them down and work on the
cannons. If you have the Double Laser, they will(as usual) take down the
lasers quick and without worry. Spread Shot is an excellent alternative as
it'll pretty much eat up anything that comes your way. The two ships don't
have just green fighters. There are some cannons at the back. Shoot them
out. These cannons are moderate in strength.

Level 8: Roshuku
During the level, you will meet missles! Mr. Missles come in groups and move
slightly from side to side, and fall quickly. It's difficult to shoot them all
down, so just take out some and quickly dodge them. As usual, don't stick too
close to one side(especially the bottom) because you never know where a big
green plane might appear or a bunch off little ones just swarm coming from
one side.

This level is really hard, so I hope that you have some health by the boss.
During the level, focus more on having plenty of SW time with the spread
shot. I got lucky and beat this stage with 0 energy and 0 SW limit by the
end, but the spread shot saved me A LOT of trouble. Ryushuku has cannons on
the sides and two at the back. These cannons fire decent shots, shaving off
8-10 per hit. The two at the back are slightly stronger. There are also
platforms allowing small green fighters to just come out and strike you.
Quickly destroy the lasers one the sides as they appear on the screen. The
Ryushuku attacks very quickly. If you don't have the spread shot to absorb
the attacks, you might want to consider using the lightning attack, especially
if you have 0 energy. This will freeze the ship and its rapid-firing cannons
for a short while, giving you a chance to inflict some damage without taking
a hit.

Level 9: Ayako II
You'll see more of the same during this level. Never stay too close to the
bottom of the screen. Large green fighters like to appear there.

Ayako II is just like Ayako, a large plane except that this one is yellow
with much more endurance. It will also move around much more, but that
shouldn't affect you. You want to take it down the same way as before. Use
the second spread shot so absorb the shots that come out of the tail and
sides of Ayako II. Hit the sides of the plane, not the tail and make sure to
stay towards the bottom of the screen giving you more time to take out the
shots or dodge it. If you run out of SW power, use your lightning attack.
It's EXTREMELY difficult to dodge the Ayako. Once it stops attacking from
the lightning, quickly bombard the wings. Stay to the sides of the screen
since as Ayako's spread shot is fired, the shots move further apart. This
makes it easier to dodge.

Level 10: Kayu
The level itself is much harder than Kayu. Kayu is made up of two large guns
at the front and rear and tons of little guns in the middle. The spread shot
should take care of the small guns really quickly while absorbing hits from
the big guns. Use the lightning attack if the green planes bother you, or
if you just need some extra time to tear down the Kayu.

Level 11: Bunshu
Really easy level. Be thankful for the quick break. Bunshu is another unit of
bombers. They are the large green planes. As soon as the screen notifies you
that the bombers have been found, start shooting them up! Double Laser is
indeed the best weapon for this level, but anything other than the basic
weapon is helpful. You should find tons of hidden items here and red planes
so you don't have to worry much about losing life or SW. Just don't get too

Level 12: Chojin
It's difficult not to get hit against Chojin. Chojin is actually two ships,
not one. The first ship has green fighters in the front, then some large
guns. You must attack it quick because the screen will move up very fast. If
you need to, use the lightning attack to stop the movement and quickly gun
the first ship down. Use the same strategy on the second ship. It is
virtually the same except larger and with more guns. The shots still come at
the same speed. The level has many red planes and hidden items to restore
your health, so if you expect to survive here, you MUST get them.

Level 13: Riju
Riju is a ship with many small guns on the sides and three platforms in the
middle. The platforms will yield green fighters. The guns on the sides are
don't fire very strong shots, but they don't go down easily. I find that the
screen also moves very quickly and doesn't give you too much time to shoot
down the guns. Use lightning attacks if you need to, whether it's because
the green fighters surrounded you in a corner or if you need extra time to
shoot down the boss guns. Spread shot is your best bet here. With so many
guns, you will absolutely need to take very limited hits to win. If you a
great dodger, then go ahead and use a double laser.

Level 14: Ayako III
During the stage, stay closer to the middle. Planes like to circle from
behind, then going around. Stay in the middle, then move back and shoot them
down. Shoot down all the red planes because one group will drop something
restoring all of your life, which you will definitely need.(Or if you don't,
will help anyway.) Focus on getting spread shot and keeping the SW time high,
especially near the end.

Yes, we fight Ayako again! This time, it returns in a sleek silver color.
Once again, take it down the exact same way. Use your spread shot near the
bottom of the screen to destroy Ayako's shot and aim at the wings of the
plane. They'll catch fire as you deplete its health. You can't destroy the
small guns on the plane.

Level 15: Ryofu
During the level, you'll find many large green bombers blocking your way. It's
very difficult to destroy all of them, especially with those green fighters
buzzing around like flies. Just focus on the small, quick planes rather than
the big clumsy ones that you can easily dodge.

Ryofu is very similar to one of the previous bosses. There are two large guns
on the front and back of the ship and tons of little guns in the middle.
The larger guns fire stronger shots, and take more time to destroy than the
smaller ones. But I'm sure you could've figured that out on your own. There's
really nothing too difficult about this boss. If you find that you're moving
too quickly, use a lightning attack to slow it down. That's all. Much easier
than bosses like Chojin.

Level 16: Totaku
A difficult boss, to say the least. Totaku has two HUGE guns on the top and
bottom with a bunch of smaller ones in the middle. The big guns will take A
LOT and I mean A LOT of damage off you. A lot as in 40, so be sure to have
tons of life, or to not get hit. Spread shot is definitely the best weapon to
use here as you can't afford getting hit. There are no green planes to bother
you, so concentrate your attacks right along the center line. Use lightning
attacks if you can't destroy the guns fast enough. You WILL need it, trust
me. Don't be afraid to use it; 10 energy off is much less than 40.

After this, you'll get a fake congratulatory screen! You'll be restored to
full health, but there's more to come.

Level 17: Kaku
Remember Kaku? It's from level 2. Insanely easy compared with the previous
level. Kaku is still the same; take it down the same way. There are small guns
on the sides and three platforms in the middle yielding small green fighters.
You don't need to destroy the platforms to beat Kaku, just the guns. We move
a bit faster this time and that's the only difference. Double Laser or Spread
Shot should take it down easy.

Level 18: Ayako I
Considering that this is the fourth time that you face off with an Ayako, you
should know how to deal with this. Get the spread shot, stand behind the butt
of the plane and shoot the wings. It's exactly the same as level three.

Level 19: Choko
That's right, another repeat. Choko is the same old. Two ships, each with a
bunch of small guns and 2-4 big guns. Use Spread Shot to defend against its
attacks and lightning if needed to stop time and kill those annoying green
fighters. You already know how this works; read level seven if you need to
be reminded.

Level 20: Ayako II
The fifth time you fight Ayako. I must sound like a broken record now. Make
sure you have a lot of SW time on your spread shot, then aim at the wings
until it goes down.

Level 21: Chojin
Same Chojin as before. It's still difficult to take down the ship even with
tons of energy because of the quick-moving screen and green fighters flying
around everywhere. I used lightning attacks a lot here, and used up pretty
much all of my energy. Just keep firing constantly if you have the spread
shot, and if you don't, use your lightning attacks wisely to get as many hits
as you can without taking damage. Not much else you can do. Dodge swiftly and

Level 22: Ryofu
Ryofu's back! Get your spread shot ready and fire away! You knwo how to deal
with this. Get a spread shot and have enough SW to outlast the ship. Use
lightning attacks to stop the ship if needed and fire.

Level 23: Ayako I II III
If you can't guess, we must fight three bosses in a row. Ayako I, II, and III
one after another. This would be easy, except that there absolutely NO WAY
your SW will last throughout all three planes. It's still useful and can
outlast Ayako I and part of II, so be sure to try and have as high SW time
with spread shot when you meet up with it. Ayako I is a piece of cake, using
the same strategy the other times that you fought Ayako.

Your SW will soon die around Ayako II. From here, it's all dodging. It's
VERY difficult to avoid all of Ayako's shots. What I did was, while
continously firing, dodge left, right, up, then back down and restart. Ayako's
far spreading shot will be the only major problem. If you find yourself in a
tight spot, use the lightning attack to eliminate all of its shots and
quickly shoot down the plane so you can make it to the next Ayako, in which
you will use the same strategy. You'd need quite a bit of luck to make it to
Ayako III, admittedly.

Level 24: Totaku
This stage is just as difficult as the last, so along with your skills, you
will need some luck to get past this level. As you progress through the level,
you will see many of the previous boss ships that you have faced off with
before. Don't be fooled by them though! You will only need to destroy the
Totaku, although you do get a big bonus for destorying those ships as well.
I myself found them a bit of a hassle; I destroyed what I could but didn't
waste any valuable energy using lightning to destroy the ships. They're not
hard to dodge. Go in semi-circles along the top of the ship. The guns will
be too slow to catch you. Just make sure you don't crash into anything and
you'll be fine.

How do you know which ship is Totaku? You've defeated it before; it's the one
with the three barrel gun in the front and back with smaller guns in the
middle, guarding a medium sized gun and two more large guns. I hope you saved
all of your lightning attacks. By now, you probably don't have any SW or
energy left. If you do, good! Avoid first is they key here. The first cannon
is easy to take down. Just dodge its attacks slightly left and right. Use
your lightning attack when you see the smaller guns in the middle because
although they aren't strong, there are many and it takes a lot of time to
take them all down. Once the three of them are gone, take care of the last
three guns. Dodge their attacks to the left and right and attack in the middle
for a few seconds, then do the same thing until they are destroyed. You have
a lot of time to destroy the last one, so make sure you get the ones in front

Congratulations! You beat the game! Watch the ending.

|*****                           {5.0} Items                            *****|
|~                                                                          ~|

Pow: +8 Energy
Small Energy Tank: +12 Energy
Elephant: +16 Energy
Cow: +32 Energy
Large Energy Tank: +32 Energy
Yashichi: Restores all energy

Barrel: +16 Weapon Energy
Star: Restores all weapon energy

Alpha: +32 Energy and Weapon Energy

Flower: Adds 1 point to a stat
Dragonfly: Adds a point to all stats

|*****                         {6.0} Passwords                          *****|
|~                                                                          ~|

There are an infinite amount of passwords that you can enter in the game.
There's a way to create a password to get whatever you want.

There are five characters in your password. Here's what each digit means in
the password:

1: Level
2: Offensive and defensive power
3. Energy and special weapon level
4: SW time limit
5: Score(Sort of)

The first digit is what level you want to be on.

| Level | Letter |
|   1   |   0    |
|   2   |   7    |
|   3   |   E    |
|   4   |   L    |
|   5   |   S    |
|   6   |   Z    |
|   7   |   I    |
|   8   |   P    |
|   9   |   W    |
|  10   |   3    |
|  11   |   A    |
|  12   |   H    |
|  13   |   U    |
|  14   |   5    |
|  15   |   K    |
|  16   |   F    |
|  17   |   1    |
|  18   |   6    |
|  19   |   8    |
|  20   |   D    |
|  21   |   M    |
|  22   |   R    |
|  23   |   T    |

Follow the chart to get what you want from the second digit:

              Offensive Level
              1  2  3  4  5  6

Defensive  1  3  2  1  0  4  6
Level      2  A  9  8  7  B  *
           3  H  G  F  E  C  D
           4  I  N  M  L  J  K
           5  P  O  T  S  Q  R
           6  W  V  U  Z  X  Y

*There's a glitch in the game so that you can't have 6 Offense Pwr and 2
Defensive Pwr.

For the third digit, follow this chart:

              Special Weapon
              1  2  3  4  5  6

Energy     1  I  O  V  U  W  H
Level      2  D  J  Q  P  X  C
           3  8  E  L  K  R  6
           4  3  9  G  F  S  7
           5  Y  4  B  A  M  1
           6  T  Z  0  5  N  2

Here's the tiny chart for the fourth digit:

SW Time Level: 1  2  3  4  5  6
Code:          1  6  0  W  N  9

For the fifth digit, you will input a code for the total amount of all the
points your have(offensive pwr, defense, etc.). It will also tell you the
least level that you can start on. This is to prevent you from being too
strong on earlier levels.

| Points | Min. Stage | Letter |
|    8   |      1     |   1    |
|    9   |      3     |   3    |
|   10   |      4     |   A    |
|   11   |      5     |   N    |
|   12   |      6     |   X    |
|   13   |      7     |   P    |
|   14   |      7     |   D    |
|   15   |      8     |   8    |
|   16   |      9     |   G    |
|   17   |      10    |   S    |
|   18   |      11    |   Q    |
|   19   |      11    |   J    |
|   20   |      12    |   E    |
|   21   |      13    |   F    |
|   22   |      14    |   M    |
|   23   |      15    |   R    |
|   24   |      16    |   K    |
|   25   |      17    |   L    |
|   26   |      17    |   Z    |
|   27   |      18    |   O    |
|   28   |      20    |   5    |
|   29   |      22    |   U    |

|*****                         {7.0} Conclusion                         *****|
|~                                                                          ~|

Thanks for reading the FAQ; I hope that it helps. If not, feel free to E-mail
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