Video Game / Track & Field
A series of sports games by Konami
in which players can compete to set world records in various athletic events by mashing buttons.
The original Track & Field
arcade game released in 1983 (known as Hyper Olympic
in Japan). It and its close sequel Hyper Sports
were notable for their lack of directional controls; each playernote
had three buttons, two for running and one for jumping/throwing. Since the Atari 2600
joystick only came with a single button, the 2600 version of Track & Field
was bundled with a special three-button controller. However, the Hyper Shot controller reduced the number of buttons it took to play the MSX and NES versions of Track & Field
and Hyper Sports
Not only do different games in the series have different selections of events (though most begin with the 100 meter dash and the long jump, with other decathlon events coming later), but also the same title released on different systems may have added or removed events.
- Button Mashing: The normal mode of gameplay.
- Guest Fighter: New International Track & Field has many unlockable characters from other Konami games, from Solid Snake and Simon Belmont, to oddities like Pyramid Head and Evil Rose.
- Long before that, International Track & Field 2000 had Konami Man, available via a certain code.
- Konami Code: Used in International Track & Field 2000 for the aforementioned Konami Man.
- Mondegreen: After completing the pole vault in T&F2, it sounds like the announcer is saying "flower pot" instead of "qualify".
- Public Domain Soundtrack / Standard Snippet: The high score screen from the arcade original and the title screen of the NES version uses the theme of Chariots of Fire by Vangelis. New International Track & Field also features an arrangement of the theme as part of its menu music.
- Recent re-releases of the arcade version (namely on Xbox LIVE Arcade and Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits on DS) replace it with a soundalike, likely due to licensing issues.
- Trope Maker: Almost every athletic sports game for the next twenty years featured the exact same mechanic as this one.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: ESPN International Track & Field includes a Rhythm Game.