Japanese studio HAMSTER’s Arcade Archives series is a true godsend. Every month or so they resurrect an arcade title from the brink, clean it up and make it purchasable for cheap on the Switch. Arcade Archives was the series that brought back the original Donkey Kong arcade game for the first time since it was actually sold as one (every port since has been an alteration of some kind). HAMSTER even resurrected the lost Nintendo arcade game Sky Skipper, tested in Japan and never released in the US.

Now their latest offering is…..Track & Field. The Olympics won’t be for another ten months, and the sports contained within are out of season. There doesn’t seem to be any particular reason why HAMSTER would pick Track & Field this month. But anyway, here it is.

“TRACK & FIELD” is a sports game released by KONAMI in 1983.
It’s a game that’s easy to control and can be played by up to 4 people at once!
Use the RUN button and JUMP button to aim for first place in the 100m sprint, long jump, javelin throw, 110m hurdles, hammer throw, and high jump for a total of 6 events.

As you can gather from the simple description, there’s not much to it. Arcade Archives: Track & Field is now available on the Nintendo eShop for $7.99. If it were me I’d wait until Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo Olympics 2020 comes out, which won’t be long from now, and it’ll even include “retro events” in a style not unlike what is seen here.

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