Sega’s Newest Arcade Game: Daytona USA

It’s one of the classic arcade game machines from the 90s and it’s back. Sega is producing a brand new Daytona USA racing arcade cabinet and racing fans everywhere are rejoicing. The latest installment, Daytona 3 Championship USA, is going to shock you with its amazing design, but only time will tell if it draws as large a crowd as its predecessors when it hits arcades.

The Daytona Franchise

Sega’s original release, Daytona USA, was first released in 1993 in Japan, then worldwide in 1994. Since then, it’s been a staple in arcades all over the world. At the time of its release, it was the most advanced 3D-racing game anyone had ever played. Because of the game’s realistic, smooth game play, it quickly became very popular and is considered one of the highest-grossing arcade cabinets of all time.

The follow-up to Daytona USA, Daytona USA 2, was released in 1998. It was built on Sega Model 3 hardware, giving the graphics a major boost over its predecessor. After these two cabinets, Sega released some console versions of the game, but no title made quite an impact as the first cabinet.

The Third Chapter

Now, with the release of Daytona 3 Championship USA, Sega is writing the third chapter in the arcade legacy that is the Daytona franchise. The game will feature the three original racetrack courses, although now they will be remastered, along with three new courses, including the Daytona International Speedway.

Each cabinet is going to have a 47 inch LED monitor, the ability to link to up to eight players, and “moulded under-seat engines.” Also, every cabinet will have a mounted camera so that players can view each other’s expressions during pivotal race moments.

There is no word yet on the soundtrack for the latest release. The original music composed by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is well-known and widely-acclaimed.

Daytona lovers will be able to learn more about the next installment in the franchise soon, since the newest cabinet will be available to play at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, which runs from November 14th through the 18th.