You’ll need to hit the arcades to play new Daytona USA, Cruis‘n
Rumors and rumblings about two major '90s arcade racing series panned out this week. Two companies separately announced plans to bring back both the Daytona USA and Cruisi'n series—as arcade-first cabinets, to boot.
A Tuesday tease on Sega Amusements' official Twitter account hinted at a reveal of a new Daytona game but suggested we had to wait until this month's IAAPA Attractions Expo to learn more. Clearly, Sega struggled with that kind of anticipation as much as fans did, so it went ahead and spilled the beans: Daytona 3 Championship USA is official and coming to arcades around the world.
This won't be a slouch of a release, either. It'll have all three original racetracks returning in "remastered" form, along with three brand-new tracks. One of those new tracks will recreate the recently renovated Daytona International Speedway. The cabinets, as announced, should be beasts, with 47" LED monitors, eight-player link compatibility, mounted cameras, and "moulded under-seat engines." The cameras are becoming more common in linked arcade racers, as they allow players to see each other reacting during major moments like passes.