Once upon a time the local arcade was the only place to get your cutting-edge gaming fix. Back in the '80s and '90s coin-op tech was way ahead of what was available in the home and companies like Sega, Capcom and SNK all put plenty of resource into creating coin-guzzling smash-hits.
Fast forward to today and arcades are all but dead, but firms like Sega continue to support them with a handful of releases. Freshly announced is a sequel of sorts to the popular Ghost Squad lightgun game, which was ported to the Wii back in 2007. Target Bravo: Operation Ghost features a 55-inch screen and appears to follow on from 2011's Operation Ghost.
Another title which is getting refreshed is Let's Go Island, the 2011 sequel to Let's Go Jungle. This doesn't appear to be a new game but a new cabinet, which isn't all that exciting.
Of much more interest is a rumour that Sega is rebooting the Daytona USA series with the title by the name of Daytona Reloaded. According to reports, Sega will officially unveil the game next week.
The original Daytona USA arrived in arcades in 1994 and was duly ported to the Sega Saturn. A sequel arrived in 1998, followed by a Sega Dreamcast remix of the first game in 2001 under the title Daytona USA 2001. When Sega's licence to use the Daytona name expired it released an enhanced version of the arcade game under the name Sega Racing Classic in 2010 before renewing the agreement and bringing the original arcade Daytona USA to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in 2011.
While it's obviously too early to talk of console ports - and Sega has been curiously reluctant to bring across any of its recent arcade titles to home systems, presumably because they actually look a lot worse than most modern console games - we'd love to see this new Daytona on the Nintendo Switch. It would make up for the fact that '90s Super GP has almost certainly been canned for Wii U.
All of these titles will be shown off at the IAAPA 2016, which takes place in a few weeks.
Wow, Retro titles are coming back.
But, too bad. I'm waiting for Mario Kart 9 or Switch for better experience. Racing without items, no Cartoonish style = Boring, yawn....
Daytona USA was great back in the day. I still play on Saturn every now and then. I can't imagine being too down for a reboot/New game, though... It wouldn't be as good so why bother?
The only racing game I'd pay full retail for is Mario Kart these days... But I'm probably alone on that one.
Huh. Didnt think Ghost Squad was anything big. Gamestop sells the Wii port for 99 cents now.
Don't you mean 90's Arcade Racer? And yes it is disappointing that the game is as good as cancelled. I'd been following its sporadic progress.
Anyone know what a ro-ring start is?
I couldn't watch beyond 56 seconds.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE It's called '90s Super GT now.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE They did a name change.
That guy in the vid looks super excited, ß)
@dizzy_boy @Damo I clicked on that article and read it at the time too but it still didn't dawn on me. It'll always be 90's Arcade Racer in my mind.
Meh. As a NASCAR fan I'm wholly not interested in a NASCAR game made by the Japanese. It's an American sport, do they even get to see it? I mean, in an arcade it's fine, but on the topic of console ports, nah.
@RyanSilberman Wow. That is great price. I really liked Ghost squad on Wii. It is like old good Virtua Cop games but better.
If they do I'll be headed back to Dave and Busters to play these games
I really miss old Sega racing games. Daytona USA, Sega Rally, Sega Super GT. Need them on Switch.
Good to see old franchises coming back. I loved Daytona as a kid.
Obligatory complaint incoming: Where is VF 6 SEGA?!!
@SLIGEACH_EIRE @dizzy_boy @Damo no change name the game.Nicalis, tweeted on Agust
The Dreamcast port was a remix of the first game and NOT Daytona 2
My buying a copy of Daytona USA 2001 this weekend was fated. The stars are aligned.
@samuelvictor yeah, it was definitely the best home version, might dig it out later actually
@samuelvictor You are right, the Dreamcast game is in no way a port of Daytona 2, though some tracks from that game appear in the original Xbox version of Outrun 2, as an extra compilation stage.
PS3 Daytona is pretty good, though the pit crew announcer is so quiet you can barely hear them, beats the Saturn and Dreamcast for that arcade game play I'd say.
I liked the Dreamcast version, although I found the "ladies and gentlemen start your engines" was unnessessary, it just didn't sound as good as the original line. I hated Daytona CE on the Saturn, the cars handling was awful
I got a feeling that it's just another run of Sega Racing Classic, but with the Daytona USA branding restored like console gamers got when it was ported to the 360/PS3.
Wow. Daytona USA was a fun franchise, I'd love to see it come back with a Sega vengeance!
I love Daytona USA, I've even got the stand-up arcade machine in my garage. A new Daytona would be really, really awesome, I just hope it keeps the same gameplay as the original!
How can you can arcade racer when it was nigh on completed?
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is the happiest guy on earth when he sings this song.
I would love to see a remake of Sega rally on 3ds with online play and leaderboards like it used to have on Net link. Not really a remake but just clean up the graphics for the system would be awesome
Sega Rally collection on VC please!
I'd love MSR to be thrown in with that too!
@Alshain01 Sooooo only an American can make a NASCAR driving game?
@cookypuss Apologies, corrected! My memory was playing tricks on me.
@Damo Can make one? No. Can make a good one? yes.
@samuelvictor I didn't know that, thanks for the info. I don't have a modded or a Japanese Saturn unfortunately. I did buy some Japanese Saturn games many moons ago when I was collecting retro consoles and games. I think I have a plug in Cartridge that allows Japanese games to be played, I need to have a look in the loft.
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