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Nagano Winter Olympics 98

1 rating: 3.0
Sports video game by Konami for the Nintendo 64

Tension is in the air a chill moves in as the crowd anxiously awaits the beginning of the year's biggest event, the Winter Olympics. From the makers of the popular TRACK & FIELD series comes this exciting, realistic trip to Nagano's Winter events … see full wiki

Release Date: 30 January, 1998
1 review about Nagano Winter Olympics 98

Half Way Decent Winter Sports Game

  • Mar 31, 2008
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Pros: Some fun events such as bobsleigh and luge

Cons: Can be frustratingly hard to win, graphics are not all that great

The Bottom Line: This is fun with some of the winter events such as Bobsleighing, however it can be frustratingly hard to succeed at some events.

I have always been a fan of the Olympic video games. There are not that many of them and that is probably due to the fact that they tend to not end up as very popular games. I can understand why they do not become popular because most including this one are just not well made. Overall this game is not all that great, but it has some good parts to it.

The main thing that makes this a half way decent game is that it has some winter sports that you will not find on many other video games. For example, you can do bobsledding, luge, and curling, which really I do not thing there is anything besides a few other Winter Olympic video games that let you play these sports. As a bobsledding and luge fan the fact that you can play these sports in the game is my favorite thing about the game. I will admit even these events are hard to master, but if you like the sports like me it can still be fun to work at mastering.

Overall the game is fun, but it can get annoying and/or boring fast. For one, most events are really hard to do good at until after a lot of practice. This is kind of cool because it is like the real Olympics in that it takes practice to succeed, however as a video game it does not really work because video gamers want to be able to beat at least some of the computer players. The game does still work as a decent multiplayer game to try doing better than your friends. The graphics are not the best, but they are about average for a Nintendo 64 game.

The Events and Controls

Snowboarding Half Pipe: In this event you try to do good tricks in order to get the best score. You pick the tricks you want to do before you start. The more complex tricks the higher score you can get. As you go down the half pipe course you follow the commands in the order shown on the top right of the screen.

Snowboarding Giant Slalom: In this event you use the control stick to guide the snowboarder left and right of the flags. You press and hold A to do edging.

Speedskating 500m and 1500m: These are two different events, but they are basically the same with one just being longer than the other. The instructions for this game are kind of unclear and honestly even after all these years playing the game I am still not really sure when you are supposed to hit the L and R buttons. I do not know if you are supposed to rapidly tap them alternately or hit the L when the power gauge goes to the left and the R when the power gauge goes to the right. The second is what I usually do and it seems to work the best.

Bobsleigh Four-Man: In this game you race down the bobsleigh track. You rapidly tap A for power and then press B to get on the Bobsleigh before you get to the line. You then use the control stick to control the bobsleigh as you go down.

Luge Single: This is similar to the bobsleigh, but instead you build up your power at the beginning by alternately tapping L and R. You then use the control stick to control the luge.

Curling: In this event you press A to sweep and make your curling stone go farther. The aim is to get it closest to the center and/or knock away your opponents. You use the control stick to line up the way you push it and the power of your push.

Alpine Skiing Downhill: In this event you use the control stick to guide the skier between the red flags. Press and hold A to do edging. The graphics in this particular event are especially crappy and it is hard to see the upcoming red flags.

Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom: In this event you use the control stick to guide the skier to the left and right of the flags. You press and hold A to do edging.

Ski Jumping K 90 and K 120 Individual: This game I have no idea how it really works because I always end up crashing before I even get to jump in the air. Supposedly you use the control stick in jumping and A to help stick the landing, but I would not know because I cannot even get to the end of the ramp to make a jump.

Freestyle Skiing Aerials: In this event you chose the tricks before you start skiing. The harder the tricks you do the more potential points you can get. To do the trick you rapidly press A to gain power and use B to stick the landing.


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