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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 The Beginner track, on the default view
Daytona USA Windows The other available car
Daytona USA Arcade Gameplay on Advanced track
Daytona USA Windows Though a messy desk may be a sigh of genius, a crumpled hood is *not* the sign of a good driver.

Promo Images

Daytona USA Other
Daytona USA Other

Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

MAXIMUM Magazine SEGA Saturn Oct, 1995 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Shin Force SEGA Saturn Jul 19, 1999 9.2 out of 10 92
Mean Machines SEGA Saturn Jun, 1995 92 out of 100 92
GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Aug, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
neXGam SEGA Saturn Oct, 2011 8.3 out of 10 83
Entertainment Weekly SEGA Saturn Jun 09, 1995 B+ 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Jul, 1995 15.5 out of 20 78
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Saturn 2007 6.1 out of 10 61
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.

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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