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Daytona USA (SEGA Saturn)

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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 Title Screen
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn Introduction
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn The beginner course is a simple tri-oval.
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn Rooolllingg Staaaaart!!!

Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) Aug, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Players Aug, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Coming Soon Magazine Sep 27, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameFan Magazine Jul, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Electric Playground 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited Jul, 1995 8.5 out of 10 85
Entertainment Weekly Jun 09, 1995 B+ 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jun, 1995 8 out of 10 80
CD Player 1996 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games Feb 07, 2004 40 out of 100 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.
quizzley7 (21215) added Daytona USA (SEGA Saturn) on Jan 26, 2003
Other platforms contributed by mars rulez (520) and Chris Edgar (1472)