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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 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 You can make a pit-stop, but it just wastes time.
Daytona USA SEGA Saturn The second course is more complex than the beginner course.
Daytona USA Windows Another scenic view

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Saturn Jun, 1995 96 out of 100 96
Mega Force SEGA Saturn May, 1995 95 out of 100 95
GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 8.5 out of 10 85
Retro Archives SEGA Saturn Mar 03, 2021 14 out of 20 70
Retro Archives Windows Mar 03, 2021 14 out of 20 70
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1996 53 out of 100 53
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Mar, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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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.

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).

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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