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Sega gives us our first look at Daytona 3

Daytona 3 Championship USA pulls into arcades

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sega’s first new Daytona arcade racing game in 18 years, the somewhat awkwardly titled Daytona 3 Championship USA, is on display at this week’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. If you can’t make it down there for the show, you can get a taste of Daytona 3 in a new teaser video released today by Sega Amusements.

Longtime arcade racer fans will be pleased to see that the Daytona series staples — blue skies, stock cars and positive-attitude rock encouraging drivers to get away from it all — are intact in Daytona 3.

According to Sega, the new “arcade-only” Daytona racing game will feature three brand-new tracks, including one based on the Daytona International Speedway, and recreations of the original Daytona USA’s trio of tracks. The new Daytona also features a live camera system, so you can watch your opponents’ faces as you race.

If you do get a chance to play Daytona 3 Championship USA in an arcade, the cabinet is linkable for up to eight players. Here’s an eight-cabinet setup in all its brightly lit glory:

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