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Field Day

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Title Screen

Field Day

Also known as: The Undoukai (JP)
Developer: Taito
Publisher: Taito
Platforms: Arcade (Forty-Love Hardware)
Released internationally: May 1984


DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Field Day is a button-smashing athletic game unrelated to Track & Field in any way. Nope. Don't bother to compare the two games, no similarities will be found.

(Source: Taito Legal Department)

Unused Text

Hidden Messages

Three hidden messages are loaded into memory on the main CPU:

Address Message Comments
0x07B6B
4/16 1984
Game title : The undoukai  
Sub title  : Dokoka no gyoshiryoo no undoukai
game type  : video game  
+++++ Programer +++++
  * Game Program *
Hiroshi Kawakami  --- Game Control
Ichiro Fujisue --- Obstacke Race / 120m Relay
Jun Ishioka  --- Softball / Run23
Hiroyuki Sakou  --- Put ball
Taisuke Kouno --- Ring bell / tug of war
  * Sound Program *
Tukasa Nakamura

Good luck !!
The full list of credits is only in the Japanese set. Field Day cuts off this message at the fourth line.

"Dokoka no gyoshiryoo no undoukai" translates to "Some Womens' Dorm's Sports Day".
"Gyoshiryoo" is an incorrect romanization; A more accurate spelling is "Jyoshiryoo".
(Translation: divingkataetheweirdo)
0x09F9F
0x11F9F
**  mudan de kotowarinaku
copy surukoto wa hooritu
ni yori kingirareteimasu.
   See you again !
Translation:
Copying things without getting permission is prohibited by law.

"Kingirareteimasu" should be "kinjirareteimasu" Whoever wrote these messages romanized as gi instead of ji.
(Translation: divingkataetheweirdo, puddinpops)
0x13FB0:
--- **** ---
14.Apr,1984     
Taito corp.     
The undoukai /  
Ichiro Fujisue .

Event Names

Text starts at 0x01BDA:

120 METER RELAY
SOFT BALL THROW
THREE LEGGED RACE
RING BELL
OBSTACLE RACE
PUT BALL
TUG OF WAR

Unlike the event names used in the final game, these are stored in plain text in the ROM. Might have been used for a stage select or somesuch.

(All other messages: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics

(This caption removed by request of American Greetings, Inc.) Just a strawberry shortcake. Probably intended as a hidden bonus item.
White buttons are usually benign A white button for use on the name entry screen. There's no white button on the arcade cabinet.
Know what game did have white buttons? Track & Field. That's a fact.
YES An unused HUD graphic, possibly used before the "1st", "2nd", etc. graphics were added.
Or the game went through a case of the terrible twos.
Early Final
Makes the legal staff uneasy I want one of these signs outside my house

An early version of the race tracks' player markers and button prompt message are stored near the end of the BG graphics ROM.

Track & Field Field Day
Uh oh I'll just sweep these under the rug. The dirt rug

The reason for the change is apparent when the early markers are compared with Track & Field's markers. That's some suspicious similarity.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

The Undoukai Field Day
Wave your flags in the air Wave your hands in the air (caring optional)

A few of the fans in the stands are holding Japanese flags in The Undoukai.

(Source: Original TCRF research)