Daytona 3 - Championship USA

Arcade Video game published 4 years ago by SEGA Amusements Europe

Daytona 3 - Championship USA screenshot

Not listed in MAME yet.

Daytona 3 - Championship USA © 2017 SEGA Amusements Europe, Ltd.

Daytona is back! DAYTONA USA is the holy grail of arcade racing - First launched in 1994, this brand new entry brings Sega’s #1 racer screeching into the 21st century! DAYTONA® Championship USA features three brand new tracks including a recreation of the newly renovated DAYTONA International Speedway®! In addition, the original three classic courses have been remastered for drivers to enjoy in the modern era. The six tracks are also joined by a plethora of game options that operators can set to custom tailor the game to their venue.

While the original Daytona USA is still popular in many venues across the world, the years have taken their toll on the hardware, with parts becoming difficult to find. This was Sega's answer to the demand from arcades to offer Daytona while resolving this problem.

When a cabinet is not linked up to any other cabinets or if no other players join the lobby, if the player inserts credit and presses the Start button, they will be taken straight to a Single Player game where they are given the option between QUICK RACE, CHAMPIONSHIP and TOURNAMENT (If enabled in the game settings of the test & service menu).

Track Names:
-Daytona International Speedway (Beginner)
-Three-seven Speedway (Beginner
-Lakeside Castle (Advanced)
-Dinosaur Canyon (Advanced)
-Metro City (Expert)
-Seaside Street Galaxy (Expert)

Released in two models - first as the Deluxe which featured a 47in. HD screen and a second 27in. screen for the marquee; the standard model dumped the 2nd marquee and diminished the screen size, while maintaining the camera and software. Initial deluxe units shipped with an Up/Down shifter (but the software recognized 4 settings), which was later replaced with a proper 4-speed shifter; all standard units use the 4-speed control.


Uses PC-based hardware to generate 1080p resolution graphics that run at 60 frames a second.

Deluxe models use a Raspberry Pi computer to control the animations and other functions of the marquee monitor.

The control panel looks like the original Daytona USA, with the same view button layout.

A camera is built into the monitor bezel that displays the user's face during the race in real-time.

Links up to 8 units. Built-in tournament features where operators can connect a keyboard to the game to input player data and setup a complete player bracket. At least 4 units must be connected to take advantage of the "Party Mode."

Standard model dimensions: H: 88? W: 42? D: 66?
Deluxe model dimensions: H: 93? W: 45? D: 72? Weight: 727 lbs.

Deluxe models feature a molded chrome engine under the seat.


First demonstrated at the IAAPA 2016 trade show event in Orlando, FL under the name Daytona 3 Championship USA. The software build was only 50% complete at the time. The "3" was dropped for the final release since it was a remake and not a full blown sequel.

Deluxe version was released in June 2017. Standard units were released in June 2018.

Reuses much of the same music that was used in the original, remixed by the original composer, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi.

Designed by Sega's Shanghai studio that was also responsible for coding Sega Golden Gun, Transformers: Human Alliance and some of the Sega's other Western arcade releases. Done under the direction of Sega Amusements Europe.

Sega attempted to re-release Daytona USA in 2009 with the game Sega Racing Classic, but that was a bomb due to the lack of the Daytona USA license and iconic "Let's Go Away" music.

The iconic slot machine feature on the 3-7 Speedway has been removed in this version due to "modern sensibilities" of the game intending to go into Family Entertainment Centers (FECs). Fortunately, other props like Sonic Mountain and the Akira statue are still present.


"Definitive Version" was released for free in Dec. 2017, featuring improvements to the handling and graphics.

The "New Season Edition" is slated to release in 2019 with additional game improvements, including damage modelling and new scoring features.


In multiplayer mode, you can deactivate the AI racers by holding the start button while selecting car transmission. Whether the real racers are on or off is determined by the players voting. The majority option will then be chosen.