Recently arcade giants Sega sent out a survey to gamers everywhere asking what they would like to see next from the historic company that was first founded in 1940 by American businessmen Martin Bromley, Irving Bromberg and James Humpert. The Japanese gaming giants had long been criticised for not embracing their own legacy and wasting their vast back catalogue of hits. This survey was not just asking what people wanted to see, it was also an apology of sorts and a promise to bring back the classic games that made people love them so much in the 80s and 90s.
We have already seen them make a good start by bringing a host of classics to the Nintendo 3DS in a new enhanced form and they are finally bringing us the 2D Sonic game that we have all been crying out for. But the next step in Sega’s grand plan sees them bring back one of their most asked for properties, proving that they are definitely listing. The new announcement sees the return of fun filled arcade racer Daytona USA! Not just that though, Daytona will be returning to its original home in the arcades with a brand new game!
Details are sketchy right now with the new version of Daytona being teased just hours ago on Sega Amusement’s Facebook page. This was in the form a new animated GIF that promised the return of Daytona at this year’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). We have broken down the different images contained in the GIF and laid them out in this article so you can see the whole story at once. This is certainly as exciting as it is mysterious and leaves us with a lot of questions and not a lot of answers.
The original Daytona USA was first released to arcade audiences back in 1994. Developed by Sega AM2, it was designed by Toshihiro Nagoshi and the legendary Yu Suzuki. Daytona USA was Sega’s first title to debut on the Sega Model 2 arcade board and, at the time of its release, was considered the most visually detailed 3D racing game ever. It was a huge success and was promptly ported to the Sega’s new 32-bit Saturn console in 1995 as a rival to the PlayStation’s Ridge Racer. While Sega lost that war it didn’t stop them going on to make semi-sequel for the Saturn in the form of Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition as well as a full blown arcade sequel in 1998. A remake of the original Saturn games appeared on the Dreamcast in 2001 before the franchise was largely forgotten about. That was until a version of the original game appeared as download on the PS3 and Xbox 360 some 10 years later. As great as Daytona is, it perhaps remains most memorable for it’s karaoke style music!