With the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics now finally under way, it has got everyone in a sporty mood, as athletes from an immense 205 nations (plus an Olympic’s refugee team) battle it out in a staggering thirty-three different sporting events. New ones for this year’s Olympics include skateboarding, three on three basketball, and baseball/softball.
We thought what better time, then, to have a quick look back at some of the greatest sports’ video games ever, and to give it an Olympics twist, we’ve made sure to only include sports that will be at Tokyo 2020.
Basketball has been a consistent feature at the Olympics since 1936, and this year will be the first time that there will be a three on three version. Well, back in 1993 games developers, Midway, woke everyone up to the insane fun that could be had with just two on two basketball. NBA Jam was first released into arcades, and soon had people chucking their money into the machine. The game was one of the first to feature licensed NBA stars, and even had digitized likenesses of the players. Yet, it didn’t try to go for realism, instead it turned the craziness up to full and had players leaping ridiculously high, and making gravity-defying dunks. It was soon released onto Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles and became a true classic.
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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
If it wasn’t for this game series from games developer Neversoft, then there would be absolutely no way that skateboarding would be making its debut in the summer Olympics at Tokyo this year. In fact, no game series has had a bigger impact on the sport it’s based on, than Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater one. The first game was released in 1999 for the Sony Playstation, and quickly became the catalyst for many kids to get into skateboarding.
Arguably the best game in the series though, was the sequel Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2,which took everything that was great about the first game, and just elevated the quality of it. It came out first again on the Playstation and was released in 2000. The levels were perfect, the soundtrack was legendary, and the gameplay was highly addictive. If you were a huge fan of the earlier games, then make sure to get your hands on the remastered version that was released last year for both PS4 and Xbox One to rave reviews, as was reported at IGN.
With YouTubers like KSI and Logan Paul recently turning the sport of boxing into not much more than a popularity contest, as we reported here at TechieGamers, it’s easy to forget the craft and dedication that top boxers put in to be amongst the best. Luckily, watching boxing at the Olympics showcases boxing in its greatest light. Another thing that highlights the difficulty and struggle of boxing is the legendary Nintendo game Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! which came out way back in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The gameplay is incredibly simple, but that helps make the game timeless, and it still has a huge following to this day. Punch-Out!! is legendary for being incredibly difficult to beat, with players having to spend hours learning the strategy and moves of the opposition boxers, so that they could duck and dodge their attacks and follow up with their own punches. The final opposition boxer of the game is Mike Tyson himself, and he is, notoriously, one of the hardest bosses in video games history. If you manage to beat the game all the way through, then you easily deserve a gold medal of your own.