New International Track & Field

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New International Track & Field
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Developer(s) Sumo Digital
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
  • EU June 20, 2008
  • JP July 24, 2008
  • NA July 22, 2008
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multi-player

New International Track & Field (New International ハイパースポーツDS New International Hyper Sports DS?, "), is a sports video game by Konami for the Nintendo DS. Developed by Sumo Digital, it is the latest game in Konami's Track and Field series.

Overview[edit]

New International Track & Field features single-player career and training modes in addition to Wi-Fi multi-player between 2 to 4 players, a character-based minigame challenge mode and a worldwide player ranking system. The original Track and Field game will also be available to play.[1]

The gameplay of New International Track & Field differs from the traditional button mashing and joystick-wiggling gameplay of the original games in that players use the motion of the stylus to set a rhythm for their character.[2] In addition, the game will also feature uses for the DS' dual screens and you can shout encouragement for your character via the microphone to give them an extra boost. The louder you shout, the bigger the boost.[3]

New International Track & Field features an online community at their website. Players are able to link their games to their website accounts and participate in online global scoreboards,[4] teams,[5] and tournaments.[6] The site also features forums for discussion about the game.

Sports[edit]

24 events are featured in the game.[7]

Characters[edit]

New International Track & Field features a roster of 18 super deformed characters designed by comic company UDON. The roster includes a mix of original characters and established Konami characters. Additional costumes and accessories will be unlockable.[8] Characters announced so far include:

Original characters[edit]

  • Yoko
  • Kiko
  • Kang
  • Helga
  • Dirk
  • Claudia
  • Ashley
  • Oolong (possibly an aged version of the protagonist of Yie Ar Kung-Fu)
  • The Referee
  • Ming Ming

Konami characters[edit]

Reception[edit]

It was awarded as the Best Sports Game for the Nintendo DS by IGN in their 2008 video game awards.[10] IGN also made it a nominee for Best Local Multiplayer Game for the Nintendo DS.[11]

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