Hyper Sports Added To Collection

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Well, after my recent woes with Dig Dug, it’s about time for some good news.  I recently added a Hyper Sports board to my collection.  For those of you not familiar with the game, it is essentially the sequel to Track & Field.  The board is playable in the Track & Field cabinet, uses the same button layout and features the following events:  swimming, skeet shooting, vaulting horse, archery, triple jump, weight lifting and the pole vault.  Here are the scans of the original market flyer for the game:

I was able to mount the board in the cabinet in a position that the edge connector can reach both the Track & Field board and the Hyper Sports board.  To switch between games, I simply power the cabinet off and move the edge connector from one board to the other...

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New Buttons Installed

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Since it’s 8 degrees outside with a wind chill of 15 below, I decided tonight would be a good night to stay inside and do some work on one of the machines.  Having just gotten over a cold and sore throat, I really wasn’t in the mood to tackle all of the dust in the Dig Dug cabinet, so I decided to replace all of the buttons on Track & Field.

The first step was to remove the control panel from the cabinet.  After that, the next step was to replace the 10 buttons on the control panel; 4 white buttons, 4 red buttons and 2 blue buttons.  Below are a couple of shots of the control panel with the old buttons and the bag of parts (new buttons, leaf switches and spacers):

I had to desolder the wires from the old buttons, then remove them.  The wires I just removed had to be resoldered onto the new leaf switches...

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A New Project

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A new toy arrived just in time for Christmas!  It’s a fully working, dedicated Konami Track & Field game.  I’ve been on the hunt for one of these for a while and finally got one at the right price.  Given the repairs I plan on doing, I probably over paid for it, but I have seen similar machines in much worse condition sell for much more money.

For those of you unfamiliar with this game, it was released in 1983 and features various Olympic events.  The  principal is simple, bash the run buttons as fast as you can to make your player run the pres the jump/throw button at the appropriate time.  You can read Track & Field’s entry in the Killer List of Video games here.  I spent many youthful dollars on this game!

As with all my projects, I’ll be setting up a photo gallery on this web site dedicated to this game.  Here’s a list of what I have planned for this cabinet:

  • Repair the holes in the front panel near the coin door (a security latch was installed here at some point)
  • Repaint ...
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