Lost In Translation/Daytona USA

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Daytona USA
Daytona USA marquee.
No screen shot.
Daytona USA control panel.
Manufacturer Sega
Released 1993
8-way Joystick
7 Button(s)
Main CPU i960KB (@ 25.000 MHz)
68000 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM3438 (@ 8.000 MHz)
(2x) MultiPCM (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
496 x 384 pixels
60.00 Hz
8,192 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 36 ROMs
48,693,248 bytes (46.44 MiB)
MAME ID daytona · daytonam · daytonat

About The Game

Daytona USA is 3-D, checkpoint-style, racing arcade video game.


Even if titlescreen says 1993, Daytona USA was released in March 1994.

The first game to come out on Sega Model 2 hardware, worth mentioning above and beyond anything else due to the fact that it is the number one grossing game of all time.

Daytona also caused and still causes a problem in the arcade industry, Sega had come up with such a 'killer app' that no other game from them or any other company since has matched it in terms of profitability, leading to the phrase heard from most site operators, 'It's no Daytona'.

This game contains statues of Sonic the Hedgehog and Jeffrey from "Virtua Fighter".

Toshiba EMI released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Daytona USA / B-Univ - TYCY-5392) on September 7, 1994.


The US version has the "Recycle It, Don't Trash It!" screen.

Tips and tricks

Time Attack Mode

At the Transmission Selection screen, hold the Start button and press the Accelerator. In Time Attack Mode, only the cars controlled by players are shown in action. If you score high enough to rank in this mode, the letters 'T.A.' (For Time Attack) are shown next to your record in the ranking table.

Hidden Musics

If you play well enough to make the high score table. You can enter special initials at the Name Entry Screen to hear music of some of SEGA's classic games. Here is the list (Game name - Initials to enter) :

Game Name Initials
Hang-On H.O
After Burner A.B
Virtua Fighter V.F
Galaxy Force G.F
F1 Exhaust Note EXN
Turbo Out Run TOR
Fantasy Zone F.Z
Quartet QTT
Space Harrier S.H
Power Drift P.D
Super Hang-On SHO
Rad Mobile R.M
Strike Fighter S.F
Out Runners ORS
Enduro Racer E.R
Sword of Vermillion VMO
Out Run O.R
V.R. - Virtua Racing V.R
Super Monaco GP SMG
Stadium Cross S.C
G-Loc Air Battle GLC
GP Rider GPR
SDI - Strategic Defense Initiative SDI
Thunder Blade T.B

Special Ending

You must finish in third place or better in every course.

Secret View

To get an overall view of the race condition during gameplay, hold the Start button and simultaneously press view change buttons 2+3+4.

Extra Time

On the beginner track there is a slot machine on the top of the stone arch. To play the slot machine, press Start to stop the movement of the wheels. If you get a 777 you'll get 7 seconds of extra time. If you get three Bars you'll get 5 seconds of time.

Fast Start

In the transmission selection screen hold the 'Start' button down, you will notice that it says 'Real Players Only'. Keep holding the 'Start' button down, until the transmission selection time runs out (You have to choose manual). From my knowledge this only works on the beginner track. Continue holding the start button down through the whole first lap. If you notice you reach 210 mph just before the Jackpot machine. This will give you at least 2 car lengths lead over other racers that don't do the cheat (if you do it right and don't bump any other cars). This will give you time to get away from the rest of the field and keep on truckin'.

Intermediate Course Easter Egg

If you drive onto the elevated path just before the Pit Road, a billboard will appear stating that you just lost your sponsor.

Expert Course Easter Eggs

If you stop on the last corner the seagulls will get closer to your car. If you drive the second lap in reverse the Statue will be standing on it's hands. If you stop completely near the statue you can make it spin by pressing the Start button repeatedly. When the game starts press the start button repeatedly to make the seagulls get larger.


  1. Daytona USA (1993)
  2. Daytona USA 2 - Battle On The Edge (1998)
  3. Daytona USA 2 - Power Edition (1998)


Sega AM2

Yu Suzuki
Circuit Designer
Toshihiro Nagoshi
Makoto Osaki

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Saturn (1995)
Sega Saturn (1996, "Daytona USA Championship Circuit Edition")
Sega Saturn (1998, "Daytona USA Championship Circuit Netlink Edition")
Sega Dreamcast (2001, "Daytona USA 2001")
PC (Microsoft Windows 95) (1996)
PC (Microsoft Windows 95) (1997, "Daytona USA Deluxe")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Daytona USA TYCY-5392[1] 1994-05-25 Toshiba-EMI CD version.
SEGAROCKS Live in Japan WWCE-31069/B[2] 2004-12-15 Wave Master Entertainment CD version.
SEGA Racing Best MJCA-00043[3] 1999-03-03 Marvelous Entertainment CD version.
SEGA Saturn History ~Saturn Was Young~ First Volume WWCE-31052~3[4] 2004-10-27 Wave Master 2 CD version.
From Loud 2 Low ~Takenobu Mitsuyoshi Works~ HR-06[5] 2003-11-04 Hitmaker Records CD version.
Club Saturn MM 86013-2[6] 1997-11-11 Breakdown Records CD version.
CLUB SEGA MJCA-00003[7] 1997-10-17 Marvelous Entertainment CD version.
Segacon -The Best of Sega Game Music- Vol.1 SVWC-7092~4[8] 2001-10-24 SME Visual Works 3 CD version.
AFTER BURNER 20th Anniversary Box WM-0581~6[9] 2007-11-29 Wavemaster Inc. 6 CD version.
Psyched - CLUB-MIX from SEGA RACING GAMES TKCA-71193[10] 1997-07-24 Tokuma Japan Communications CD version.
Let's Go Away The Video Game DAYTONA USA Anniversary Box WM-0620~3[11] 2009-04-09 Wave Master 4 CD version.
Saturn Sampler Audio CD MMSJAN96[12] 1996-01-01 Mean Machines Sega CD version.
From Loud 2 Low Too -TAKENOBU MITSUYOSHI WORKS- WM-0624~5[13] 2009-06-25 Wave Master 2 CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
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