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Description

A port of the most successful arcade racer ever, the home versions of Daytona USA include the same elements that made the original version successful: three highly detailed tracks, arcade driving physics that challenge the player to find the best trajectory to make a flying lap without kissing the rails and beating the checkpoint timer. The 40 cars of the Easy race (later named 3-7 Speedway), one of the stalwarts of the original version, are also present in this version.

These home versions include a new mode (Saturn or PC Mode, depending on the platform) where the three tracks are played without the timer, and optionally in mirror mode, using one of the bonus cars (with additional abilities such as driving on grass or hitting the rails without losing speed) and in one of three lengths: Normal (identical to the arcade original), Grand Prix (2.5 times longer) and Endurance (10 times longer).

On the downside, detail and frame rate suffered a drop to fit the game into the limited hardware of the Saturn and Personal Computers, and lacking any kind of multiplayer, comparing to the two to eight player rumbles of the arcade version.

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Daytona USA Windows The title screen
Daytona USA Windows On the Beginner track, you begin with a rolling start.
Daytona USA Windows Selecting one of the two initially-available cars
Daytona USA Windows Another scenic view

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Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Hobby Consolas SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 92 out of 100 92
GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Aug, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Players SEGA Saturn Aug, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 80 out of 100 80
CD Player SEGA Saturn 1996 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 7.8 out of 10 78
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Apr 30, 2004 B 75
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1996 53 out of 100 53
Defunct Games SEGA Saturn Feb 07, 2004 40 out of 100 40
Gamesmania.de Windows 1996 35 out of 100 35

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Daytona USA appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Promotion

At one point to boost Saturn sales Sega of America ran a promotion where if you bought a Sega Saturn they would give you Daytona USA, Virtua Cop and Virtua Fighter 2 for no extra cost.
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