Numan Athletics

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Numan Athletics
Namco Numan Athletics.png
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Composer(s) Nobuyoshi Sano
Platform(s) Arcade, Virtual Console
Release date(s) 1993
Virtual Console
  • JP April 28, 2009
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Up to 4 players
(Simultaneously or Alternating)
Arcade system Namco NA-2
CPU 68000 @ 12.5 MHz
Sound Amplified Stereo
(2 Channels)
Display Horizontal (288 × 224)
4096 Palette Colors

Numan Athletics (ニューマンアスレチックス Nyūman Asurechikkusu?) is an action sports-type arcade game released by Namco in 1993. This game has eight unusual and unbelievable competitions. These competitions are to test the strength and might of four mutant athletes called "Numans". In this game, up to 4 people can play simultaneously or alternately. The game did go on to spawn a sequel called Mach Breakers: Numan Athletics 2, which was released in 1995. Numan Athletics—alongside Nettō! Gekitō! Quiz-tō!!, Knuckle Heads and X-Day 2, all run on the Namco NA-2 hardware system. Numan Athletics was released in Japan and Europe, but was never released in the United States.

Playable Characters[edit]

The four playable characters in this game are as follows:

Character Name Nationality Gender
Sharon [1] France France Female
Harry [2] United States United States Male
Masaemon [3] Japan Japan Male
Bongo [4] India India Male


As for the eight tournaments, in alphabetical order they are:

  • Interceptor
A missile defense style-contest were you must shoot incoming missiles that are fired from a battleship. The outside buttons (1 and 3) step left and right, and the middle button is fire. Failure to hit the missile results in death.
  • Niagara Jumps
The final competition in the tournament. Very similar to the Triple Jump competition in the Olympics. The object of this contest is to make it across the falls. Alternately press buttons 1 and 3 to build up speed, then press button 2 three times. If you don't time yourself properly, you will sink and go over the steep falls.
  • Nonstop Rock Chop
You must smash as many rocks as you can before time runs out. Rapidly press buttons 1 and 3 alternately until the gauge is full, then press button 2 to smash the rock.
  • Numan Sniper
In this contest, monsters will jump out of the sea from three different locations. Your object is to destroy them. Press buttons 1, 2 or 3 varying by their location to shoot.
  • Scud Toss
Just as in the Javelin competition in the Olympics. Played on a "Track and Field"-like field with an only exception—a missile. Rapidly and continuously press the two run buttons and then push and hold the middle button to set the angle of which you would throw the missile. Again, like Interceptor, if you select Sharon -- then again if she is faulted, she will be missing most of her clothes.
  • Tower Topper
Here you are expected to reach the building rooftop with the fastest time possible. However, instead of simply climbing up hand-over-hand, you must bounce across the gap between two buildings using only momentum and friction. Press button 2 repeatedly to scale the side of a building. If you press it too early, you won't move, but if you press it too late, you will fall off.
  • Turbo Dash
Much like the 100 metre dash in the Olympics, only the core elements have slightly changed. You are racing against a drag racer and another player. Press the two outside buttons (1 and 3) in alternate fashion to run.
  • VS. Express
Very similar to a familiar scene in the Superman comic books. You must stop the oncoming train using your magical powers and send it in the opposite direction backwards. Press button 2 to stop the train, then hammer the outside buttons to build up power before bunging it back down the track. If you don't time this right, the train will run you over.


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