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Anyone interested in sports games in general, and especially those who love to compete against themselves or against others, should give New International Track and Field serious consideration as your next game purchase. The combination of a new way to control your Olympic athletes and the old-school gameplay and presentation make this title one for the record books.
Scoring this on the Vault system, the game would get a 9.0. The difficulty level is there providing a challenge, the game is fun, however as with all sport games such as this, it can be difficult to control unless you’re sitting down at a table. Don’t let that stop you from trying it out though – New International Track & Field is the next best thing to being at the Beijing games.
New International Track & Field is, easily, the best remake of the classic franchise. Each player will definitely find his own most and least favorite events in the pack but I have to be honest – there’s not a dud event in the pack. Each event is fun to play again and again, which is the intention of the developer since you’re highly encouraged to try to best not only your record but the records of the online community. I appreciate the portability of this game, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that this design would be better suited on a system that didn’t share a screen on the controls – shaking displays don’t benefit the Track & Field design.
Der Klassiker unter den Sommersportspielen schlägt zurück und zeigt der Konkurrenz auf den NextGen-Konsolen, wie ein Spiel zur Olympiade auszusehen hat. New International Track & Field ist bei uns zumindest der klare Olympiasieger der drei zuletzt getesteten Sommersportspiele. Alle Disziplinen spielen sich klasse, langweilige Ausreißer wie das Gewichtheben sind wirklich die Ausnahme. Vor allem die Steuerung via Touchscreen hat mir sehr gut gefallen, so fällt es deutlich leichter das nötige Tempo aufzubauen, ohne sich gleich die Finger auszukugeln. Somit ist New international Track & Field auf jeden Fall das beste Sportspiel für den Nintendo DS und gehört in jede gute Spielesammlung. Olympia kann jetzt wirklich kommen!
The gaming world is full of remakes and sequels at the moment of varying quality but this new version of an old classic works perfectly. Obviously the biggest enhancement is the fact that the touch screen has now replaced simply banging down on alternate keys and this alone makes it a more satisfying game. The game’s true genius is its simplicity and it is this which has allowed it to be released for a new generation with only a graphical makeover and a new control system, but the core games are the same as all those years ago, allowing you to, once again, play the same event repeatedly just to better your score. This version has also increased longevity, thanks to the Multiplayer and worldwide rankings, meaning you'll still be running and jumping long after they've turned the lights out in Beijing.
Sumo Digital’s take on the athletics genre is a rare gem on the handheld’s current stark landscape, at its heart an unashamedly old school experience that also manages to successfully revive the spirit of Konami’s once great series, and with enough charm to appeal to every facet of the DS’s widespread userbase, the more than generous set of multiplayer options ensure that New International Track & Field has the legs to run and run.
Armchair Empire, The
More than just a remake of a classic, New International Track & Field is quite a good game that uses the unique features of the DS and combines it with our desire to be competitive. It may not have an official Olympics license, but it truly makes you feel like you are a part of something special.
With the Olympic Games just around the corner, New International Track and Field on DS is a perfect companion. Although it's missing the official licence, it's incredibly addictive and packed full with unlockables. The online play is the icing on the cake, making this a game every DS owner would be wise to have in their back pocket this summer.
Pocket Gamer UK
To be honest, just as the original Track & Field was criticised for being too simplistic, this update doesn't do a great deal to counter such an accusation. In single-player it's unlikely to hold your interest for long but when the online portion of the game is as stunning and as likely to leave you as breathless as an Olympic sprinter, that doesn't seem to matter.
It is weakness in the basic concept of the franchise, and some excessively similar events, which prevent this from climbing any higher in our scoring system - but as an execution of an admittedly simple concept, this is genuinely brilliant.
Consider Sumo Digital three for three in retro gaming reduxes, starting with the Outrun and Virtua Tennis games before doing a bang-up job with New International Track and Field. It not only has the variety that Olympic fans are looking for, but, more importantly, it also has the fun. Just make sure you prep your thumb for a good workout. You're going to need it.
New international Track and Field for the Nintendo DS is clearly one of the most complete DS titles to come in a long time. Although the game does have a steep learning curve the rewards and extras that it contains really makes it worthwhile. At the end of the day the game has left me impressed. Sumo Digital should be commended on how they really harnessed the strengths of the DS while managing to work around the handhelds limitations on control. Overall the game is most fitting for Track and Field’s 25th anniversary and Konami should be proud.
I much enjoyed the Wii version of the Mario & Sonic take on the Olympics and though lacking the more intuitive controls that the Wiimote brings, New International Track & Field does a great job of recreating the Olympic atmosphere on the DS. Just be wary of stylus-wiggling injuries replacing the button-mashing pain of old.
Game Informer Magazine
It's a great game for short sessions, but even better for bragging rights in multiplayer showdowns. Just don't break your DS playing it.
25 Years is a long time to revive a franchise into a reinvent game that carries on both the tradition of the old game along with styling's of games of today. The New International Track & Field is an easy to learn fun game that mashes the love of summer sports with great art and over the top character designs. If you have Olympic fever and you’re are looking for an fun pick-up-and-play styled game New International Track & Field is perfect for the job. Konami steps onto the podium with one of the best DS showings in months; New International Track & Field is pure gold.
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
If you have some Olympic fever left over and don’t feel like shelling out for a certain Olympic game featuring two very popular gaming mascots, then New International Track and Field may be worth diving into.
Sadly, I find myself in the same boat in 2008 as I did in 1984. While I really wanted to have fun with it, I simply couldn’t hang with the Billy’s of the world. Once again, their lightning reflexes and dexterity got the better of me, and I had to hang up my virtual track shoes and just walk away. Hopefully, the claw hand I developed while playing won’t affect my success on the Burgertime machine…
Pour son grand retour, Track & Field emprunte des chemins légèrement différents de ceux de ses aïeuls. Loin d'être désagréable, on pourra toutefois criser à cause d'épreuves mal calibrées ou d'une difficulté rapidement élevée. Mais si vous vous accrochez, les nombreux bonus à débloquer et le multijoueur seront là pour vous récompenser de vos efforts. Au final, s'il s'avère moins accessible que Mario & Sonic aux Jeux Olympiques, le titre de Konami se rattrape grâce à son contenu et ses parties Wi-Fi. A vous donc de les départager en fonction de vos préférences.
Despite my feelings towards the over-use of the stylus-rubbing method for particular events, this game is a heap of fun. The graphics and sound won’t win any awards, but in the end, it is gameplay that weighs most heavily. The multiplayer is the standout feature, allowing the gamer to play against a nearby friend or against someone on the WiFi Network. The Career Mode is certainly set at the right level, allowing the gamer to learn the skills at a reasonable pace to qualify for the next Stage and the unlockable content gives the gamer incentive to improve their performances. All in all, New International Track and Field is a worthy inclusion to the athletics/Olympic genre of games. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some limbering up to do before my next event.
Cheat Code Central
Track & Field's main downfall is its shoddy controls, but other areas of the game have been given the proper attention to make this a sturdy competitive package for fans of Olympic sports. The events themselves are mostly quite enjoyable and the spirit of competition is alive and well on this classically inspired collection on the DS.
New International Track and Field doesn't reinvent the genre, but it does throw in some much-needed diversity to the standard mashing action. The online, single-, and multicard four-player competitions add a lot of life for people eager to show off their skills. For those who would rather play the computer, the bevy of unlockables should take hours to earn. At its core, this is the same basic game from the early '80s, but the cute visuals, different control options, and classic characters make it feel like it belongs alongside modern games. If you're anxious for more track-and-field action and don't mind putting your Nintendo DS through some extended wear and tear, New International Track and Field will satiate your need for button-mashing chaos.
I can definitely say the faults on the game attribute to the fact the title is based on a handheld system and is definitely better suited for a system that doesn't include dual screens. But each event is extremely fun and being given the ability to update your website profile with your personal records and trophies helps build up competition. Online play is definitely this games saving grace and makes it one of the best remakes of this classic franchise.
Luckily, the constant challenge works to the game's benefit, keeping you compelled to top the next record or nab the next unlockable, though the tiring arm motions will likely force you to stick to short sessions. Bonus challenge stages (again, based on Konami properties like Castlevania and Rocket Knight Adventures) and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection support keep things interesting once you've hit a breaking point with the standard single-player events. It's neither "Konami SuperStar Athletics," nor is it exactly the arcade game you remember from the '80s -- New International Track & Field straddles the line between both, and it turns in a respectable portable performance of its own.
Entertainment Depot, The
Much like the events themselves, New International Track & Field starts off going full bore and eventually winds itself down to a slow walk. Trying out all of the competitions, unlocking all of the costumes, stages and characters, is great fun, but after a while, horizontal slashes and circular movements lose their luster. This is actually a great step forward for such a niche genre – the sadomasochistic-button-masher-slash-stylus-rubber genre – but it still has a ways to go before it becomes one that I’ll want to return to in the future. It’s a blast while it lasts, though.
No matter how you look at it, New International Track and Field may be a gorgeous little title, but it isn't a must-buy simply because the button-mashing and stylus-rubbing gameplay was old the moment it was invented. If there are still small cliques of gamers who find pleasure in torturing their thumbs and arms, then Track and Field is the DS title of their dreams. For the rest of us, though, it's just a cute distraction for a few hours.
Game Informer Magazine
If you have an affinity for the classic franchise and an interest in proving you're the best in the world at the steeplechase, this game may do it for you. Otherwise, it's not worth the possible risks to your DS and blood pressure.
But those trimmings carry a short lived appeal as well. Unless you're the type who is completely obsessive about high scores, there's not much to keep you playing past that curious hour while you fiddle with unlockables. The game simply doesn't do enough, and what it does do it's not especially great at. Unlike the Olympics itself, this is rather forgettable.