Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition

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Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition
System(s): Sega Saturn
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad, Arcade Racer Joystick
Genre: Racing

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
$49.99[1] 81213
Sega Saturn
$? 81218
Sega Saturn
£49.99More...[3] MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
$? ?
Sega Saturn
R$? 193596
Sega Saturn
₩? GS-9614J

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Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition is an update to the Sega Saturn version of Daytona USA, being offered as an alternative to the original Saturn from 1996. It was handled primarily by Sega CS, who had previously been responsible for the Saturn version of Sega Rally Championship.


Daytona USA: CCE exists due to dissatisfaction with the original release of Daytona USA for the Saturn, a game said to have been rushed to market in order to meet the console's launch date. Daytona USA on the Sega Saturn was plagued with draw distance and framerate problems (averaging about twenty frame per second, as opposed to the arcade version's sixty), and looked comparatively worse than the PlayStation port of Ridge Racer, released around the same time. This might not have been a problem had it not been for the fact the arcade Ridge Racer is less impressive on a technical level than the arcade Daytona USA.

To compensate, CCE brings a number of additions and changes to the table, utilising the Saturn's hardware more effectively than its predecessor. Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition includes a steady framerate of 30FPS, a new selection of cars, two new courses, a two player mode and a new remixed soundtrack composed by Richard Jacques and Jun Senoue. The PAL region version is also notable for making use of the full PAL resolution, rather than resorting to black borders like many other games of the time.

Like the original, the game is also compatible with the Arcade Racer Joystick, and this time 3D Control Pad support was intentional. It is also compatible with the Virtua Stick, however, unlike with the first version, it will not work with the Mission Stick.

AM3 decided to improve the physics of Daytona USA: CCE, creating something more akin to their previous port of Sega Rally Championship (e.g. the car won't flip if it crashes head first into a wall anymore). The majority of bizarre features from the original version carry through, such as the ability to unlock a horse. Holding Up and R at the "gentlemen start your engines" screen will allow the player to play as a hovercraft.


It also includes several new types of stock car, some of which could be seen in the arcade version of Daytona USA but were not playable. Every car is slightly different in design when compared to their arcade counterparts - the Hornet for example has a thinner blue stripe across the top. They also all have varying grip, acceleration and handling statistics.

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Notavailable.svg Magic (33)
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Notavailable.svg Wolf (41)
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Notavailable.svg Balance (99)
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Notavailable.svg "Horse"
Notavailable.svg "Hovercraft"

This breaks the Daytona USA tradition which always gives the first car (usually the Hornet) the number 41.


Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition adds two new tracks to the standard three:

Notavailable.svg National Park Speedway
Notavailable.svg Desert City



There was a separate release of the game in North America, made to be compatible with the Sega NetLink adapter called Daytona USA: CCE Netlink Edition. This version of the game was only made available via Sega's online store, and aside from some extra NetLink instruction manuals/leaflets, is mostly indistinguishable from its non-NetLink counterpart. This version of the game is widely believed to be the rarest North American Sega Saturn game, with the latest eBay sighting reaching $1100. The game like all other netlink games can now be played over a high speed internet connection with Voip[5]

Daytona USA: CCE was not released in Japan. Instead, AM3 continued to work on the project, releasing Daytona USA Circuit Edition to a Japanese audience in early 1997. Circuit Edition is much the same game as Champion Circuit Edition though makes minor improvements in areas such as draw distance, as well as offering more gameplay and music options.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits

Source: US manualMedia:Daytonausacce sat us manual.pdf[6]

Magazine articles

Main article: Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advertisements

MegaForce FR 54.pdfMegaForce FR 54.pdf

Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #54: "Novembre/Décembre 1996" (1996-xx-xx)

SegaMagazin DE 37.pdf

Print advert in Sega Magazin (DE) #37: "Dezember 1996" (1996-11-13)
also published in:

Hyper AU 039.pdf

Print advert in Hyper (AU) #39: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)

HobbyConsolas ES 062.pdf

Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #62: "Noviembre 1996" (1996-xx-xx)

HobbyConsolas ES 063.pdf

Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #63: "Diciembre 1996" (199x-xx-xx)

Television advertisements


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 More...[9]
70 More...[10]
80 More...[11]
81 №50, p38-39
83 More...[12]
86 More...[13]
90 More...[14]
93 More...[3]
90 №70, p135
90 More...[15]
74 More...[16]
Sega Saturn
Based on
11 reviews

Saturn, US
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Daytonausacce sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, US (NetLink Edition)

Saturn, EU
DaytonaUSACCE Saturn EU Box.jpg
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Saturn, EU (newer)

Saturn, BR
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Saturn, KR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
525,834,288 CD-ROM(EU) MK81213-50 V1.006
Sega Saturn
525,373,296 CD-ROM(US) 81213 V1.001
Sega Saturn
545,965,056 CD-ROM(US) 81218 V1.000


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Daytona USA series of games
Daytona USA (1994) | Daytona USA 2: Battle on the Edge (1998) | Daytona USA 2: Power Edition (1998) | Sega Racing Classic (2009) | Daytona Championship USA (2017)
Sega Saturn
Daytona USA (1995) | Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition (1996) | Daytona USA Circuit Edition (1997) | Daytona USA: CCE Netlink Edition (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Daytona USA 2001 (2001)
LCD handheld game
Daytona USA (199x) | Daytona USA (199x)
Windows PC
Daytona USA (1996) | Daytona USA Deluxe (1997) | Daytona USA Deluxe Special Edition (199x)
Xbox Live Arcade
PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
Daytona USA (2011)
Daytona USA related media
Daytona USA (1994) | Daytona USA Circuit Edition Original Sound Track (1997) | Daytona USA 2 Sound Tracks (1998) | Let's Go Away: The Video Game Daytona USA Anniversary Box (2009)
Daytona USA Koushiki Guide Book (1994) | Daytona USA Kanzen Guide Book (1995) | Daytona USA Official Guide Book (1995) | Daytona USA Circuit Edition Hisshou Kouryaku Hou (1997) | Daytona USA Circuit Edition (1997) | Daytona USA 2 Official Guide (1998)
VHS Video
Daytona USA CGMV (199x)