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Daytona USA

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
...
SEGA Saturn
80
3.8
Windows
57
3.5
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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 Windows About to begin the Expert race
Daytona USA Windows On the Beginner track, you begin with a rolling start.
Daytona USA Windows Passing a car on the Intermediate track -- notice the "radar" in the upper right
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn The view from inside the car

Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Game Players SEGA Saturn Aug, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Team Windows Feb, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Entertainment Weekly SEGA Saturn Jun 09, 1995 B+ 83
CD Player SEGA Saturn 1996 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 80 out of 100 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
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Mar, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Gamesmania 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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