Controls are tricky for some events. Some events are too difficult.
Released to coincide with the 1992 Summer Olympics, Capcom's port of the games features several different Olympic events, with the focus primarily on Track & Field, Swimming, Gymnastics events, and the famous Marathon. Up to 8 can play each representing a country of their choice.
The game does a great job of being authentic, with a good variety of events and medals awarded for each. The graphics are nicely detailed for each event, although the crowd generally appears to be quite static and lifeless. Ditto for the sounds-there's nice applause form the crowd and OK music, but not much in the way of other effects. The controls vary from event to event-generally it's button-mashing (or holding down on a Turbo controller) but sometimes you'll use the pad, especially on Gymnastics events. The sequences you have to input for various moves can be rather complex and take perfect timing to execute properly. This also makes some of the events too hard, partly because there's strategy involved-in longer track races you just can't Turbo your way to the finish or you'll run out of breath and have to stop. On the plus side, it makes for excellent realism and makes you plan out your strategy in advance. The marathon is a nice addition but all you do is set your speed and watch. More interaction would've been nice. Plus sometimes, especially when 4-8 people are playing, it gets annoying having to sit and wait for your turn to play because only 2 players go at a time simultaneously in some events; usually it's one player, then the next one, and so on. One more plus: The game keeps track of your World Records so you've always got a mark to shoot for!
Despite the flaws, this is a great attempt at bringing the Olympics home to the NES, and is worth the investment. And you don't have to wait 4 years between games either!