Monday, July 7, 2014

Nerdicus NES Review #111: Capcom's Gold Medal Challenge


Title : Capcom's Gold Medal Challenge

Publisher : Capcom

Genre : Sports

Players : 1 / 2 Player

Release Date : 1992

Estimated Value (as of today's date) : $3-$5

Oh boy. What I would have given for a turbo controller when I played this game.

Okay, everyone. This is going to be a quickie. Why do you ask? Well, it's difficult to say. Scratch that, it's not difficult to say at all. This was one of the most bizarre track 'n' field style games I have ever played. It really is like watching a bunch of big-headed freaks run around on an Olympic field.

I understand the Olympic part, because this game originally came out during the Barcelona Olympics. But the big headed athletes? Erm....sure?
The one thing that peeked my curiosity about this game, was the fact that Capcom was the one to publish it. I mean, come on. You can't go wrong with Capcom. The question is, how does Capcom perform when working on a good 'ol track 'n' field game? Let's find out.


You'll notice right off the bat, that this game has a HUGE selection of events to choose from. You can take a peek of all of them by looking at the training mode (of course there is a training mode!), but we're not about to start training. After suffering through that hell that is, CALIFORNIA GAMES, we are ready for a damn Olympic gold medal!

Enter the World Tournament! Select the number of players you want (2 of course if you're playing with a friend and you're aching for a good 'ol fashioned multiplayer laugh riot.) Pick your country, and seeing how it was just the 4th of July, we're going to go with the US.

The game loads, and much like other Olympic games, you aren't told what to do. But fear not! This game really requires no skill! After all........it's a button masher!

That's right, folks! It doesn't matter what event you're playing! Each one is a classic arcade styled button masher! It's all about how accurately and quickly you can alternate between spamming on the A and B buttons!

Now, that may sound a bit lame, but understand that most of the classic Olympic games for the arcades WERE button mashers. For some reason...even if it's played out a bit...the game is fun. I'm not sure why. I can't even put my finger on it. Wait, I lied. I can put my fingers on it...over and over again...on the A and B button.

GET IT!?!?

Seriously, work out your fingers before you play this game, because you have a lot of events to get through...and I mean a lot. Here's the list...

  • 100 M Dash (Track & Field)
  • 200 M Dash (Track & Field)
  • 400 M Dash (Track & Field)
  • 4 x 100 M Relay (Track & Field)
  • Weightlifting
  • Long jump (Track & Field)
  • Triple jump (Track & Field)
  • High jump (Track & Field)
  • Shot put (Track & Field)
  • Javelin throw (Track & Field)
  • 110 M Hurdles (Track & Field)
  • Vault (gymnastics)
  • 100 m Backstroke (Swimming)
  • 100 m Breaststroke (Swimming)
  • 100 m Butterfly (Swimming)
  • 100 m Freestyle (Swimming)
  • 200 m Individual medley (Swimming)
  • Marathon

Each one...a button masher.


While the gameplay is a bit boring....the game has a certain appeal to it. Maybe it's the characters. Maybe it's the music (which is really damn good), or maybe it's because it's actually easy and playable for a track 'n' field game.

Seriously, it's not bad. Sure it's not great...and it makes your fingers hurt like hell...but it's fun. Damn, I'd take anything over California Games.....maybe I enjoyed this one so much more because I had to suffer through that one.

Still worth it to play at least once. For a laugh at those big, goofy heads.

Final Score (out of 5) :




Until next time. Keep on gaming!

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