Daytona USA

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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.


Daytona USA SEGA Saturn Did you ever notice how all Sega racing games have a suspension bridge?
Daytona USA Windows Selecting from the three available tracks
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn You can make a pit-stop, but it just wastes time.
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn The beginner course is a simple tri-oval.

Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Aug, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
neXGam SEGA Saturn Oct, 2011 8.3 out of 10 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA Saturn Jun, 1995 8 out of 10 80
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
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Saturn 2007 6.1 out of 10 61
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide SEGA Saturn 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Windows 1996 35 out of 100 35


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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.


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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