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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sega dominated the arcade racing scene. Games like Outrun, Sega Rally Championship, Virtua Racing, and Hang On are testaments to this. For many die-hard Sega fanatics, though, the game that always stood out was Daytona USA. Releasing in arcades in 1993, and later being a launch title for the infamous Sega Saturn, Daytona USA has built up an incredible following over the years. Such a following, in fact, that it’s almost always high up on any list of classic Sega games that needed a modern release. After years of said begging, Sega has obliged, and Daytona USA is now available for a whole new generation of gamers. As a history lesson, it’s a great demonstration of the “good old days” of racing, but you know… it’s still a pretty solid game eighteen years after it initially hit arcades, even if its audience likely will consist of gamers who were teenagers when it first appeared. (more…)
Microsoft is adding three games to the Xbox Live Arcade today, two of which were added to the PlayStation Store yesterday.
Sega’s Daytona USA returns to put the polygons back into your racing games. Another new release is a game adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Finally, Konami’s twin-stick shooter Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone, a sequel to 2009’s Zombie Apocalypse will infect the XBLA.
I can’t even begin to calculate how many quarters I pumped into the Daytona USA machine at my local mall back in 1993. And the mall in the next town over. And at the mini-golf course. And at rest stops during family vacations. Yeah, I played a lot of Daytona USA.
But it’ll only take 40 quarters (AKA $10 AKA 800 Microsoft Points) to relive those memories in my living room on October 25 when Sega adds Daytona USA to the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade. The downloadable port will feature enhanced graphics (but really, how can you enhance those polygons?), steering wheel support and online play. Up to eight players will be able to race around the game’s three tracks, simulating the system link feature Daytona USA was known for.
The PSN/XBLA version will also retain the game’s iconic soundtrack, but now there’s a Karaoke Mode because, according to Sega, “you know you have been singing along anyway.”