Daytona USA coming to XBLA and PSN - first trailer inside

After making a surprise but welcome appearance in a listing on the Australian ratings board's website, Daytona USA has been officially confirmed by Sega for release on XBLA and PSN this very month. It'll have online multiplayer, enhanced graphics and the original music. But there's actually a bigger triumph here than all that - so check out the video and then I'll tell you all about it.

The Daytona license had actually expired, which is why the HD arcade remake of Daytona was called 'Sega Racing Classic', lacked the famous karaoke music and that famous branding. Yet here it is, with branding, music and everything else from the arcade version intact.

In fact, this isn't even a port of Sega Racing Classic. This is the original arcade game in all its glory, complete with pixellated track textures and everything. However, that 'updated graphics' claim comes in the form of pop-up free scenery (except where it would look weird, like the outside of the tunnel on Dinosaur Canyon, which was never drawn because AM#2 didn't expect anyone to ever see it).

Multiplayer racing is confirmed and the price is particularly nice - just $9.99 or 800 MS Points. The game will be released October 26th for XBLA in North America and Europe and October 25th for PSN ($9.99) in North America. However, the European PSN release date is only specified as 'late November' in Europe.

Needless to say, this news excites me greatly. Home console conversions have never quite captured the feel of the arcade game's handling. The first Saturn version was very scrappy, the second too different... European Dreamcast owners didn't even get to race online in Daytona USA 2001. Well, the wait is almost over. Gentlemen... start your engines.

12 Oct, 2011




  • Memph - October 13, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    Man I hope this hits Steam. Many a pound coin was munched by this beast at various seafront arcades, though i never did clock expert. Saturn version was scrappy indeed to say the least and far easier. Still have that and the dodgy remake, and the dodgier remake for PC. There's actually a working arcade emu, but drifting, scratch that even getting through the menus is extremely fiddly having mouse or keys emulating the wheel.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 12, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    I've gotten second place too many times at Dave and Buster's. IT'S TIME TO SNAG THAT FIRST PLACE, BABY!!!!!!
  • Jasman - October 12, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    Daaaaytooonaaaa! (sorry, had to be done :P)
  • jon672 - October 12, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    Played this like crazy on the Saturn can't wait!
  • bass88 - October 12, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Sweet. Still have the Championship Circuit Edition on Saturn but it did feel a little different. But now I will own the original, without pop-up, black bars and in a smooth, consistent frame-rate.
  • MrKAP - October 12, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    WOW. The draw distance is terrible. Engine sounds like a lawnmower. Only a few tracks. And music you'll pick to kill yourself to. With all that said 1995 here I come! Seriously spend most of my school lunch money back in the day at Trocedero in Sega World playing this. Happydays I tell ya!
  • FOZ - October 12, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Are we allowed to post this? Someone has to. ROOOOOLLLINNG STAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRTT
  • RareHero - October 12, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    I too am enormously excited about this news Justin. When Sega teased it last week I was cautiously optimistic that this wouldn't turn out to be a re-release of Daytona USA 2001, so I'm glad to see that this is a straight HD port, nothing more and nothing less. Finally I can play one of my favorite games of all time in all its arcade-perfect glory. My little kid self would be off the walls right now. Yes, yes, yes.

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