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
  • EU: June 24, 2008
  • AU: July 4, 2008
  • NA: July 22, 2008
  • JP: July 24, 2008
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multi-player

New International Track & Field, known in Japan as New International Hyper Sports DS (New International ハイパースポーツDS?, Nyū Intanashonaru Haipā Supōtsu Dī Esu), 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 and 4 players, a character-based minigame challenge mode and a worldwide player ranking system. The original Track and Field game is also available to play.[citation needed]

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.[1] In addition, the game also features uses for the DS' dual screens and players can shout encouragement for their character via the microphone to give them an extra boost. The louder they shout, the bigger the boost.[citation needed]

New International Track & Field used to feature an online community at their website. Players would be able to link their games to their website accounts and participate in online global scoreboards,[citation needed] teams,[citation needed] and tournaments.[citation needed] The site also used to feature forums for discussion about the game.

Sports[edit]

24 events are featured in the game.[citation needed]

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 are also unlockable.[citation needed] Characters 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]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 73/100[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 7/10[4]
Eurogamer 8/10[5]
Famitsu 25/40[6]
Game Informer 6.25/10[7]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[8]
GameSpot 7/10[9]
IGN (US) 8.7/10[10]
(UK) 8.5/10[11]
NGamer 65%[12]
Nintendo Power 8/10[13]
VideoGamer.com 8/10[14]

The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one six, one seven, one five, and one seven, for a total of 25 out of 40.[6]

The game was awarded as the Best Sports Game for the Nintendo DS by IGN in their 2008 video game awards.[15] IGN also made it a nominee for Best Local Multiplayer Game for the Nintendo DS.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shoemaker, Brad (August 22, 2007). "GC '07: New International Track & Field Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "New International Track and Field". The Market for Computer & Video Games. February 1, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "New International Track & Field for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ Edge staff (July 2008). "New International Track & Field". Edge (190): 98. 
  5. ^ Fahey, Rob (July 1, 2008). "New International Track & Field". Eurogamer. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Brian (July 16, 2008). "Famitsu review scores". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ Vore, Bryan (October 2008). "New International Track & Field: Konami May Be Running... With The Devil". Game Informer (186). Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ Drake, Amanda (September 22, 2008). "New International Track & Field (DS)". GamePro. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ McShea, Tom (August 18, 2008). "New International Track & Field Review". GameSpot. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ Harris, Craig (July 30, 2008). "New International Track & Field Review". IGN. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ Robinson, Martin (June 18, 2008). "New International Track & Field UK Review". IGN. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Review: New International Track & Field". Nintendo Gamer: 71. July 2008. 
  13. ^ "New International Track & Field". Nintendo Power. 232: 87. September 2008. 
  14. ^ Orry, Tom (June 19, 2008). "New International Track and Field [sic] Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  15. ^ "IGN Best of 2008: Best Sports Game (DS)". IGN. December 15, 2008. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ "IGN Best of 2008: Best Local Multiplayer Game (DS)". IGN. December 15, 2008. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 

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