Sega Amusements Releases Daytona Championship USA Standard Version

arcadehero June 14, 2018 8

If you have found it difficult to come across Sega’s return to the iconic Daytona USA franchise then you are in luck – they’ve got a new, more affordable design shipping out to locations that was just revealed.

Simply known as Daytona Championship USA Standard, this new cabinet model removes or downsizes certain aspects of the Deluxe cabinet, lowering the cost while providing the same gameplay. The most noticeable change is the removal of the dynamic marquee, which was a 32″ monitor that showed animations and live footage captured by the cabinet camera of users as they drove. In it’s place is a Yellow Hornet car and LED edge lighting. LED lights also appear to enhance the speaker portions on the control panel. UPDATE: The camera is still in place per Sega so you’ll still see player’s faces in-game.

Daytona Championship USA Standard cabinets by Sega Amusements

The seat has also changed, removing the 3D molded chrome engine prop beneath the seat and using something of a more traditional Sega seat design. The monitor is a few inches smaller – 43″ instead of 47″ but each unit ships with the coveted 4-speed shifter.  Here’s the Deluxe models to compare:

Daytona Championship USA 4-player

The description doesn’t mention anything about a camera but it still links up to 8 units at a time and all of the controls are in place. It is shipping now so I imagine that you’ll start finding this at locations fairly soon.

Here’s video of the “Definitive Version” of the software that was at IAAPA’17. It made corrections to the handling that players had been complaining about along with a few other things. We’re unsure if this software build has any changes to it but I’ll update this here if we find out.

This also joins Sega’s Target Bravo: Operation GHOST in getting a standard model. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any additional cabinet models coming under the Daytona brand – Sega could always try out a Super Deluxe/Attraction model like they did with Showdown (video shows the never released curved screen model; that was replaced with a huge flat panel) or OutRun 2. What do you think about this development?


  1. Lee Adams June 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    While giving a lower-priced option for operators this doesn’t make up for the fact that they seriously messed up the game play. If Sega could simply go back to the original Daytona game play while keeping the updated graphics and music, they would have a hit on their hands. I suspect that won’t happen.

    • arcadehero June 14, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      Have you played the “Definitive Version” of the game that was released at the end of 2017? It fixed a lot of issues (particularly the handling) that people had problems with at first. Not sure how many operators out there updated their games though…

  2. Ted June 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    It’s good that these have a 4 gear shifter as standard, but I really don’t like the cab design at all lol. Was hoping we would get a deluxe model similar to the GRID and OutRun 2 SP machines, like the old Daytona deluxes.

  3. datdude June 14, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Stop using the original version’s problems against the improved version they released a while later that fixes those problems.

    The game as it is now seems much better so hopefully Sega advertises this fact to potential operators who may be looking forward to buying a more cost-effective cab of the game.

  4. asdf June 25, 2018 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Daytona Championship USA isn’t a SEGA game. It is an outsourced title. It lacks that trademark SEGA feel & quality. Better luck next time, and hopefully the next Daytona game will be created INHOUSE.

  5. Arcades4ever June 25, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Well arcadehero I have to say that I went to fantasy island in Skegness this weekend in the arcade and they’ve got the original big scale from 24 years ago. When I went a few month back it was turned off and put in a corner somewhere and they had the new Daytona but just 2 units. I played it and the handling is much better apart from the fact the 4 way gear stick is missing but was other wise ok compared to before. They have now got rid of the new Daytona and now have the original up and running again. If you ask me it’s not a good sign for sega sadly because to have the original back on again must mean the new version is struggling as other arcades I come across used to have the game have since gone apart from one. My local arcade also got rid of it not long after they just got the game.

  6. Clay S. June 26, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I just had the chance to go into the Salt Lake City Dave & Buster’s yesterday, and they had 4 Deluxe cabs set up- I honestly think that Daytona Championship USA is pretty faithful. There are a few flaws, of course, but for the most part it’s a well-modernized version of Daytona USA.

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