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Daytona USA

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
5.0
SEGA Saturn
80
3.8
Windows
57
3.2
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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.

Screenshots

Daytona USA SEGA Saturn The farthest-away view of your car.
Daytona USA Windows Keep to the left at the beginning of the Expert track, or you may find yourself wasting time with an accidental pitstop!
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn The beginner course is a simple tri-oval.
Daytona USA Windows Passing a car on the Intermediate track -- notice the "radar" in the upper right

Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 88 out of 100 88
PC Team Windows Feb, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Power Unlimited SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide SEGA Saturn 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Windows Oct, 1996 52 out of 100 52
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Mar, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Defunct Games SEGA Saturn Feb 07, 2004 40 out of 100 40
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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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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