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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.

Screenshots

Daytona USA SEGA Saturn Title Screen
Daytona USA Windows Though a messy desk may be a sigh of genius, a crumpled hood is *not* the sign of a good driver.
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn The second course is more complex than the beginner course.
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn Did you ever notice how all Sega racing games have a suspension bridge?

Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 87 out of 100 87
PC Team Windows Feb, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Entertainment Weekly SEGA Saturn Jun 09, 1995 B+ 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA Saturn Jun, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Saturn 2007 6.1 out of 10 61
All Game Guide SEGA Saturn 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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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