Track & Field [Model GX361]

The Arcade Video Game by Konami Industry Co., Ltd.

Track & Field [Model GX361] screenshot

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DESCRIPTION

Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Track & Field © 1983 Konami.


Track & Field is a multi-event sports game. Up to four players compete against each other in six track and field events in this legendary, genre creating and much-copied game from Konami. The game consists of two 'Run' buttons per player (one for each 'leg' of the athlete) and one action button.

Only two players can compete simultaneously so on 3 and 4-player games, players have to wait their turn.

An extra life is awarded for every 100,000 points acquired.

Each player must qualify in the current event before they can move on to the next.

Hit the two 'Run' buttons to build up speed and use action button to jump or throw.

The six events are :
1) 100-meter Dash - Run as fast as possible.
2) Long Jump - Run to the take-off board then choose angle of jump (42 is optimal).
3) Javelin Throw - Run to the line then choose angle of throw (42 is optimal).
4) 110-meter Hurdles - Run and time jumps over the hurdles.
5) Hammer Throw - As the athlete spins faster and faster, time release of hammer and angle of throw (45 is optimal).
6) High Jump - The athlete will run to the bar, just as he reaches it, use Action button to start the jump and hold down the action button to reduce the angle of climb, i.e. you start going straight up at 90 degrees if you tap the button just once. Use run buttons while in the air to gain extra height.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PICTURE :
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Track & Field [Model GX361] the  Arcade Video Game
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Game ID : GX361

Main CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 2.048 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : DAC (@ 3.579545 Mhz), SN76496 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), Sanyo VLM5030 (@ 3.58 Mhz)

Players : 4
Buttons : 3
= > [1] Run (Left), [2] Jump/Throw, [3] Run (Right)

Odd-numbered players (1 and 3) use the controls on the right side of the panel; even-numbered players (2 and 4) use the controls on the left side.

In a 4-player game on an upright machine, players 1 and 3 share player 1's control; players 2 and 4 share player 2's control.

On a cocktail machine, players 1 and 2 play from one end of the machine, while players 3 and 4 play from the opposite end. The screen's orientation will flip for each pair of players.

TRIVIA

Track & Field was released in October 1983 by Konami.

Track & Field proved to be incredibly successful for Konami, and would spawn countless imitations - particularly on the 8-bit home systems of the time - as well as three sequels of its own. One of the undoubted reasons for its success was the superb multi-player game, which, for perhaps the first time in the video arcade, introduced a genuine sense of rivalry among players and showed the gaming world what was truly possible with multi-player gaming.

The song that is heard playing on the high score and awards screen is 'Chariots of Fire', written by Vangelis for the movie of the same name.

This game is known in Japan as "Hyper Olympic". A Bootleg of this game called "Atlant Olimpic" was released in Italy in 1996, thirteen years after the game first appeared.

A Track & Field unit appears in the 1985 movie, 'The Goonies'.

UPDATES

Later versions of this game replace the two 'Run' buttons with a trackball.

SCORING

Points are awarded in each event. The faster the time, the further or higher the jump, or the further you throw the more points you score.

TIPS AND TRICKS

• 100m Dash : Achieve exactly the same time for player 1 and 2 and 1,000 point bonus will be awarded.

• Long Jump : 3 jumps of exactly the same length will cause a little man with a key to run across the screen, awarding 1,000 points.

• Javelin : Throw the javelin off the top of the screen to bring down a bird for a 1,000 point bonus. To do this you must achieve the 'maximum' angle.

• 110m Hurdles : If both players finish the race in a dead heat then a little man with a key will run across the screen, awarding 1,000 points to each player.

• High Jump : Fail the first two jumps and then clear it; a mole burrows up for a 1,000 point bonus.

• Hint : When you alternate tapping the run buttons (run1, run2, run1, run2 etc.) you will get a much better speed increase. You have three attempts to qualify on all but the two running events.

• BUG : In both Javelin and the Hammer Throw, throwing over 100m will cause a counter wraparound, so a 100m12 throw will be logged as 0m12 (and will not qualify you).

SERIES

1. Track & Field [Model GX361] (1983, ARC)
2. Hyper Sports [Model GX330] (1984, ARC)
3. '88 Games [Model GX861] (1988, ARC)
4. Hyper Athlete [Model GV021] (1996, ARC)
5. Nagano Winter Olympics '98 [Model GX720] (1998, ARC)
6. International Track & Field 2000 (2000, PS)
7. International Track & Field Summer Games (2000, N64)
8. New International Track & Field (2008, DS)
9. Hyper Sports Winter (2010 iPhone)
10. Hyper Sports Track & Field (2010 iPhone)

STAFF

Music by : Shigeru Fukutake

PORTS

Note: Ports released in Japan and North America are not listed here. For Japanese ports, please see the Japanese version entry, "Hyper Olympic [Model GX361]". For North American ports, please see the Centuri "Track & Field" (North American version) entry.

Consoles:


Nintendo NES europe (feb.2, 1992) "Track & Field in Barcelona [Model NES-91-AUS]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] europe (aug.8, 2007)

Handhelds:


Nintendo Game Boy europe (1992) [Model DMG-KH]
Nintendo DS europe (oct.26, 2007) "Konami Arcade Classics [Model NTR-ACXP-EUR]"
Nintendo DS australia (oct.29, 2007) "Konami Arcade Classics"

Computers:


Commodore C64 europe (1985)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1988)
MSX europe (1984) [Model RC710]
MSX europe (1984) "Track & Field 2"
MSX europe (1984) "Track & Field II" by SCEE

Others:


LCD handheld game (1984) "Track & Field Running Type" by Bandai.
LCD handheld game (1984) "Track & Field Throwing Type" by Bandai.

SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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