Are you as excited for Capcom’s 1942: Joint Strike as I am? The downloadable revamp of the classic 80s series will allow shooter fans to once again jump in a plane and shoot down anything with smaller eyes than you. And now the title has a set date.

The release dates are July 23rd for the Xbox Live Arcade and July 24th for the Playstation Network. Both will offer the same fantastic-looking online co-op play that you can see in these new screenshots. It’s fully 3D for the first time, although it will apparently control very much the same way the older games did. Just expect more weapons and power-ups this time, along with the Joint Strike attack referred to in the title (which seems to be the below lighting shot between the two ships. Nice. )


The developer (Backbone Entertainment) seems to have done a great job of updating the look and feel of the original titles while constructing a wholly new game around it. The game will also feature a brand new score created by Norihiko Hibino of Metal Gear fame.

Can’t wait for this one. I have to admit to being disappointed with how Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 turned out, but this looks to be a great update of a classic game. Along with this and the Bionic Commando Rearmed remake, old school Capcom fans are being given less and less reasons to dust off their NES cartidges.