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Daytona Championship USA might have just been released online by SEGA

The game is already running on PCs, coming to VMUs next?

According to several sites, SEGA has inadvertently uploaded the entire Daytona Championship USA code online, and it appears that the modding community already has the game running on PC.

SEGA had apparently released a new update for the arcade game for vendors to download and apply to the game, but the patch actually contained the full game, according to MrThunderwing. As of now, modders haven’t yet been able to get the controls to work, but the menu system can be navigated with an Xbox 360 controller.

If this turns out to be true, and it certainly seems like it is, I can’t recall a time in recent memory when a video game company did something more stupid than leak its own game on the Internet.

You can read more about it here.


Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief at SEGA Nerds and Mega Visions Magazine. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. Oh yeah, he's also been a diehard SEGA Nerd his entire life.

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  • VirtuaIceMan

    It doesn’t quite work fully, as the arcade has a control system that doesn’t map to PC, meaning you can watch the intros and mess about with the debug menu, but can’t really play, yet. Network might be working now though.

    • shadow1w2

      Only a matter of time.
      Though bit of a loss for SEGA now that fans can get to it.
      Hopefully they make the best of this and use this mistake as advertisement for a DRM free official release.
      I’m sure the fans would be happy to work with them to get features working on many machines.

      • VirtuaIceMan

        I would guess that even if most people could play it at home, they’d still drop coins into a real arcade unit (if they found one), as they know they’d be able to ace the high score!

        • shadow1w2

          I’d still pay to play on the machines. Much like I do when I find an After Burner Climax cabinet. Though those usually have the moving seat which is pretty fun. Overall though finding a cabinet is pretty rare these days, especially one in good condition as I often find them broken, seated on by rowdy little kids trying to damage the machine, crazy drunk people and machines that are broken but the staff just reboots it and says its fine again. Nothing like the old days where they took care of that stuff, well for teh most part anyway.
          Be nice to just play the game itself at home till I can find a Cabinet and a working good condition one even.

  • shadow1w2

    SEGA, just put it on Steam, GoG, HumbleBundle even, I’ll happily pay for it.
    Likely someone will figure out how to get controls working, only a matter of time.
    Though its kinda cheating, come on SEGA, get this up on Steam already.
    I might maybe….. sorta put up with Denuvo…. maybe…. yeah no, but hey you already released it DRM free, so just pop it on an digital games service with an early access controller hack and take your time making it work. Money, my money, take my money already, I want to buy this officially already.
    I might even pay full price, which is insanely rare for me, ask around, Daytona is special, very very special to me.

  • Isaac Slith

    Everything but steering and gas has been made fully functional for us already, and there’s a few who have already broken that too. Sega, just unrestrict the steering controls from the Logitech controller you used (really? you used a cheap Logitech steering wheel in an expensive arcade cabinet?) and sell us the game, We’ll buy it digitally for full price.

  • Jose Covarrubias

    gotta go fast

  • sdrawkcab

    and now controls work. Although twitchy and need some more configuring but totally playable now. Sega done goofed. It’s one thing to accidentally release an old game…but a game that’s barely 7 months old in the arcades?, someone’s gonna get reamed out once Sega finds out about all this if they already haven’t.

  • EvilDhalsim

    That’s what you get when you don’t actually patch games any longer. These days they rather replace the whole game with their updates.

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