• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jul 22, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. 67
    It's neither "Konami SuperStar Athletics," nor is it exactly the arcade game you remember from the '80s -- New International Track & Field straddles the line between both, and it turns in a respectable portable performance of its own.
  2. AceGamez
    Overall the atmosphere here is electric with a great looking and sounding game that plays well for the most part, though some events can be frustrating but ultimately beatable.
  3. It may not have an official Olympics license, but it truly makes you feel like you are a part of something special.
  4. Get beyond poor controls and there's a lot to unlock and do here.
  5. If you have some Olympic fever left over and don’t feel like shelling out for a certain Olympic game featuring two very popular gaming mascots, then New International Track and Field may be worth diving into.
  6. New international Track and Field for the Nintendo DS is clearly one of the most complete DS titles to come in a long time.
  7. Edge Magazine
    There may not be much to the game, but Sumo has done an astounding job of bolstering it with online facilities that are entirely uncommon on the platform. For what it is, it's as worthy a remake as you could possibly want. [July 2008, p.98]
  8. It is weakness in the basic concept of the franchise, and some excessively similar events, which prevent this from climbing any higher in our scoring system - but as an execution of an admittedly simple concept, this is genuinely brilliant.
  9. Sumo Digital found the magic that made this series memorable after all these years.
  10. If you have an affinity for the classic franchise and an interest in proving you’re the best in the world at the steeplechase, this game may do it for you. Otherwise, it’s not worth the possible risks to your DS and blood pressure.
  11. 70
    I can definitely say the faults on the game attribute to the fact the title is based on a handheld system and is definitely better suited for a system that doesn't include dual screens.
  12. Games Master UK
    An oldie but a goody, updated wiht some quirky additions to keep it fresh. [Aug 2008, p.82]
  13. games(TM)
    It is possible to learn the delicate demands of each event of course, but that can often take close to an hour of practice for each one – hardly the mark of a casual-interest game. [July 2008, p.125]
  14. The difficulty level is there providing a challenge, the game is fun, however as with all sport games such as this, it can be difficult to control unless you’re sitting down at a table. Don’t let that stop you from trying it out though – New International Track & Field is the next best thing to being at the Beijing games.
  15. Rapidly tapping buttons is still exhausting, but tight controls and a bunch of unlockables make this a worthy update.
  16. If you have quick reflexes and a fast stylus hand, you will probably have an absolute blast with this one.
  17. 87
    Easily, the best remake of the classic franchise. Each player will definitely find his own most and least favorite events in the pack but I have to be honest – there’s not a dud event in the pack.
  18. 85
    Sumo Digital’s take on the athletics genre is a rare gem on the handheld’s current stark landscape, at its heart an unashamedly old school experience that also manages to successfully revive the spirit of Konami’s once great series.
  19. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Archaic gameplay with modern graphics. We played games like this a long time ago on the Amiga 500 and even then it wasn’t much fun. But if you enjoy the recollection of the good old times, you’re gonna love it. [Aug 2008]
  20. 80
    It not only has the variety that Olympic fans are looking for, but, more importantly, it also has the fun.
  21. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    Plenty of events to try, but swiping the stylus al the time soon gets tiring. [Issue#24, p.77]
  22. Nintendo Gamer
    Basic, shallow and sickeningly cute, New Inernational Track & Field is fine fo a five-minute blast. Just don't expect to stay entertained for long. [July 2008, p.71]
  23. Nintendo Power
    Unlockables (such as special events featuring established Konami characters) will keep you slicing and tapping well into the coverage of the Summer Olympics. [Sept 2008, p.87]
  24. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It's not quite as well-rounded as "Mario & Sonic" but still offers some great gameplay. [July 2008, p.96]
  25. Gorgeous presentation and an astonishingly complete online element help New International Track and Field overcome its relatively minor issues and ascend very close to the top step of the podium.
  26. Although it's missing the official licence, it's incredibly addictive and packed full with unlockables.
  27. No matter how you look at it, New International Track and Field may be a gorgeous little title, but it isn't a must-buy simply because the button-mashing and stylus-rubbing gameplay was old the moment it was invented.

Awards & Rankings

#70 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 26, 2013
    Kinda fun game, simply u use your stylus to run and perform jumps/throws etc, events can be kinda similar though so kinda repeating. AnywayKinda fun game, simply u use your stylus to run and perform jumps/throws etc, events can be kinda similar though so kinda repeating. Anyway it's nothing super special and surely all won't like it but if you like athletics and Olympic sports chances are better I guess. Full Review »
  2. boyracer
    Jun 24, 2008
    What you have here is pretty much the same as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games, although there are 24 mini games in this case. Controls are What you have here is pretty much the same as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games, although there are 24 mini games in this case. Controls are a breeze to learn, graphics are pretty nice, and the online multiplayer is the thing that makes the game. Good for short bursts of online gaming fun. Full Review »