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'88 Games

Also known as: Hyper Sports Special (JP), Konami '88
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platform: Arcade (Custom)
Released in JP: July 1988[1]
Released in US: November 1988[1]
Released in EU: 1988

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
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'88 Games is essentially an updated version of the original Track & Field arcade game made to tie-in with the Seoul Olympic Games (but released without any official Olympic endorsement). It features all the same events from the original (except for the Hammer Throw), along with the inclusion of Skeet Shooting and Archery from Hyper Sports and the addition of the all-new 400m Relay. Being released five years after Track & Field (and four years after Hyper Sports), it's also a much nicer looking game, showing how much graphics have progressed during that period.

Unused Graphics


A filler graphic found throughout the graphics ROMs.

(Source: Ferrox)

Regional Differences

Japan USA International
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Three versions of the game were produced, each for different regions. Hyper Sports Special (Version F) was the Japanese version (an unusual title choice for the Japanese version, given that the arcade version of Hyper Sports was titled Hyper Olympic '84 in Japan, although the Hyper Sports title would be used for the Famicom and MSX versions in Japan), while '88 Games (Version M) was the North American version. Konami '88 (Version E, which suggests was the earliest version of the game produced) was distributed in countries outside those two territories.


While Hyper Sports Special and 88 Games allows the player to continue when they get a game over, Konami '88 doesn't allow continues. So if the player loses, the game is over.