Daytona USA

Moby ID: 7870
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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.


  • デイトナUSA - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Arcade version)

18 People (16 developers, 2 thanks)

Sound Composers
Chief Designer
Chief Programmer
Special Thanks
  • Yu Suzuki
  • All Staffs of Sega R&D Dept. #4, #2
Presented by
  • Sega
  • AM R&D Dept. #2



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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.

In other media

Daytona USA arcade machines appeared in the arcade scene of the episode "Simone" (season 1 episode 3) in the television series La Femme Nikita (1997).


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.


  • EGM
    • November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #2 Best Arcade Games of All Time


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Luckspeare.

Arcade added by mars_rulez. SEGA Saturn added by quizzley7.

Additional contributors: Alaka, ケヴィン, Cantillon, Patrick Bregger, Plok, FatherJack.

Game added December 5, 2002. Last modified January 8, 2024.