Olympic Summer Games (video game)

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Olympic Summer Games
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Sega Megadrive Cover art
Developer(s) Silicon Dreams
Tiertex Design Studios
Publisher(s) 3DO
U.S. Gold
Sega Genesis, Game Boy & Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Black Pearl
EU U.S. Gold
NA Eidos Interactive
JP Coconuts Japan
Platform(s) 3DO, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation
Release date(s) 3DO & Sega Genesis
Super Nintendo Entertainment System & Game Boy
  • NA June, 1996
  • EU June 27, 1996
EU July ??, 1996
NA 19960723July 23, 1996
JP 19961025October 25, 1996
Genre(s) Sports (Olympic)
Mode(s) Single-player, two player hotseat or simultaneously

Olympic Summer Games is the 16-bit edition of the official video game of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. It is the third game of a loose "trilogy" also consisting of Olympic Gold and Winter Olympics. Overall, it was the last "Olympic" video game released for the fourth generation of consoles (Mega Drive and SNES), as well as the Game Boy.

It follows the already common button mashing techniques of previous (and future) games, with the usual exceptions.

It has 10 events (three more than Olympic Gold), but only two aren't based on track and field events, and unlike Winter Olympics, there are no major differences between each event on different platforms.

Graphics are considered to be either worse or only slightly better overall than those of Olympic Gold. While each nation (for a total of 28) has its own colour set, it was the only significant addition from the predecessor Olympic Gold. The game was criticised for its similarities with Olympic Gold as well as the graphical features of the game, wherein duringmost evens only the player character and green grass were visible on screen.


  • United States Paul
  • United Kingdom Chris
  • Canada David
  • France Kevin
  • Spain Gary
  • Japan Colin
  • Germany Ian
  • Finland Jon



As in the previous titles, there are three difficulty levels and both Olympics and mini-olympics (here called custom game) modes; however, the points table was removed, and the only way to compare results is by the medals' table. In the sprinting events, there are two qualifying rounds, and only the winner (out of only four competitors) pass to the next round. On long jump, triple jump, discus and javelin each player has three attempts; the best 10 progress to the final and have three extra attempts. The best result overall wins. In high jump and pole vault there aren't qualifying rounds, the players jump in turns until missing three consecutive jumps.

The difficulty levels are terribly uneven. While in the high jump they can break the olympic record in easy and miss the 5.80 m barrier at hard, in skeet at easy, top computer players hit 3, in normal 4 and in hard 5. This also leads at an incredibly long medal-awarding ceremony, with four or five competitors in the bronze or silver medal. It's impossible to break the records on archery and skeet events, as the best possible result in skeet is 25 (5x5, the equivalent of only one perfect day) while the record is set on 200 points, and archery with a possible result of 180 (6 arrows in 3 rounds) and 338 points as the record. The remaining records are perfectly possible to be beaten by expert players. The lack of EEPROM saving (which was already common in 1996) means the records are not logged inside the game, and as soon as the console is unplugged (rather than just reset), the default records return.


The opening takes place in a stadium, while competitors jump over hurdles and how the colours change from sepia to colour. There was a mistake from Moscow 1980 where another coloured contestant comes in replacing the one from Tokyo 1964 but different.

Preceded by
Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92
Official video game of the Summer Olympics
Succeeded by
Sydney 2000
Preceded by
Winter Olympics: Lillehammer 94
Official video game of the Olympics
Succeeded by
Nagano Winter Olympics '98