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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 Expert track is set up like a city freeway system.
Daytona USA Windows Passing a car on the Intermediate track -- notice the "radar" in the upper right
Daytona USA Windows Pulling in for a pitstop

Promo Images

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Daytona USA Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "デイトナUSA" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

PC Team Feb, 1997 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Action (Germany) Nov, 1996 75 out of 100 75
Retro Archives Mar 03, 2021 14 out of 20 70
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Joker Dec, 1996 53 out of 100 53
Power Play Oct, 1996 52 out of 100 52
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Gamesmania.de 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.

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.
Luckspeare (3436) added Daytona USA (Windows) on Dec 03, 2002
Other platforms contributed by mars_rulez (43807) and quizzley7 (21706)