Track & Field (NES)
|Track & Field|
Also known as: Hyper Olympic (JP), Track & Field in Barcelona (EU)
Document the changes made in the Genteiban release, which has a different sprite for the player character.
Track & Field is the NES port of the Arcade game, now with two controllers replicating the original arcade experience (at least in Japan, as the game was reprogrammed internationally to use the NES controller). Notably this version was released in Japan a year after the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984.
(Chariots of Fire theme plays)
At the beginning of the PRG ROM is an ID string that lists the game version and date.
RC800 1,0 850325
RC800 X,0 850919
RD001 1,0 861220
In the European version, this is found at the end of the PRG ROM.
The international versions of Track & Field take the original Hyper Olympic and add all of the events from Hyper Sports, with the added events comprising the latter half of the game. The controls were also changed to use a standard NES controller instead of the Hyper Shot peripheral, the latter of which were likely included with the Famicom version because the standard controllers are hard-wired into the console.
As Konami didn't publish the original Track & Field in Europe, Kemco thought they'd release it even though Track & Field II had already been released several years earlier. So what they did was simply make a title screen change and release it in time with the 1992 Barcelona Games. So thoughtful.
The dash, hurdles, long jump, and javelin events are programmed with cycle-timed code to split the screen into 5 independently horizontally scrolling areas. Two of those areas however, the audience and back wall, are always written with the same scroll value. The original arcade version of the game does scroll the audience and back wall at different rates.
The Track and Field and Hyper Sports series
|Arcade||Track & Field • Hyper Sports • '88 Games|
|NES||Track & Field • Hyper Sports • Track & Field II|
|Game Boy (Color)||Track & Field • International Track & Field • ESPN International Track & Field|
|PlayStation||Nagano Winter Olympics '98|
|Nintendo 64||Nagano Winter Olympics '98|
|Nintendo DS||New International Track & Field|