Track & Field
|Track & Field|
|Japanese title||ハイパーオリンピック (Hyper Olympic)|
|Distributor(s)||Xbox Live Arcade|
|System(s)||Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64/128, Apple II, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Xbox 360|
|Followed by||Hyper Sports|
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Track & Field was the originator of the button mashing sports genre. While button mashing has gotten a negative connotation during the later years of fighting games as a method of attempting to play without any skill, button mashing was the way to victory in this six event competition. Released as Hyper Olympic in Japan by Konami, it paved the way for future sports titles based on decathlon events. The game's release was intended to tie in with the 1984 Summer Olympic games held in Los Angeles. A sequel to the game was released as Hyper Sports (Hyper Olympic '84 in Japan).
Atari snapped up the rights to bring this massively popular arcade game home. One control scheme involved rocking a joystick to the left and right as fast as possible to make the athletes run. However, this practice had a tendency to lead to a lot of broken joysticks. Atari eventually provided an alternate controller that closely mimicked the arcade control scheme. In Japan, Konami released the game for the MSX and Famicom. On the MSX, the game was released over several volumes, 4 events per volume, and added the 400 meter and 1500 meter dash. On the Famicom, only the first four events are included. For more information about the American release on the NES, see Track & Field (NES).