There’s a new Daytona USA game. I’ve read this half a dozen times and it still seems unbelievable.
Sega has announced Daytona 3 Championship USA, a new arcade cabinet and sequel to the original 1990’s Daytona USA racers.
The Daytona 3 Championship USA cabinet boasts a 47″ screen, and supports linking up to eight cabinets for head-to-head local multiplayer as well as a tournament mode which can be engaged by venue owners for events.
Although it features new cars and modes, it is based on the original Daytona USA engine so the physics feel familiar to returning players. Three new tracks join the line-up you’re familiar with, including “a recreation of the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway”.
Other new features include a live in-game camera, which feeds to the 27″ spectator video billboard marquee.
No word yet on release date, but it an’t be too far off: the cabinet will be on show at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando from November 14 through 18, and Sega is taking pre-orders from venue owners.
Sega hasn’t released a Daytona USA game since the last 1990’s, so until now those who wanted to get some Daytona action are stuck with sub-HD experiences. According to Arcade Heroes, a 720p cabinet called Sega Racing Classic cabinet was released in 2009 and was essentially a Daytona USA remake, but it was missing some of the music and of course that famous brand.
The original Daytona USA released in 1994 and quickly became an arcade favourite. It’s one of the most enduring cabinets on the scene, and can still be seen in many locations even though the arcade world has shrunk so dramatically since its heyday. A Saturn port was released and a cabinet sequel, Daytona USA 2, followed in 1998.