What a day to be alive. The skies are blue, spring's in the air and DAYTONA USA IS COMING TO XBOX ONE.
Daytona USA-flavoured DLC will invade Ridge Racer on PlayStation Vita, publisher Namco Bandai has announced.
Sega's revival of Dreamcast racer Daytona USA heads up this week's list of downloadable launches on the EU PlayStation Store.
Daytona boasts smoother graphics, a sharper soundtrack and an unwavering 60 frames-per-second, all of which helped Martin wave a 9/10-bearing chequered flag in Eurogamer's Daytona USA review of last month's XBLA version.
PlayStation Plus subscribers are rewarded with a 30 per cent off the price of Daytona and 20 per cent discount off 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which launches as a download this week for £19.99 for everyone else.
Team Hornet's number 41 car isn't as exotic as Out Run's stable of prancing horses, with their whispered promises of fun in the sun on an endlessly unfurling road. It has none of the slippery precision of Sega Rally Championship's Delta and Celica, the off-road duo that provided Tetsuya Mizuguchi's game with its razor-sharp power slides. And it can't claim to have pushed back the 3D frontiers as Virtua Racing's polygonal powerhouses did.
But car number 41, more so than its cohorts, is an icon - a totem of a time when Sega's imagination ran as wild as the stallions galloping beside Daytona USA's Sea Side Street Galaxy, and now a fitting epitaph to a genre that seems, not for the first time, to have breathed its last.
As a revival, this touched-up outing for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network is as full-blooded and sure-footed as it gets. Textures are carefully guided into the often-unforgiving world of 720p, the soundtrack's been sent back to the recording studio now it doesn't have the din of an arcade to hide behind and it's kept every one of its 60 frames per second.
Whatever Battlefield 3's sales figures are when the dust settles (and we guess they'll be stonkingly huge), EA's FPS juggernaut has already clocked up some truly impressive numbers.
Sega's updated port of Daytona USA, the Patrick Stewart-narrated War of the Worlds game and new DLC for Toy Soldiers: Cold War headline the latest Xbox Live release schedule update.
Xbox Live mouthpiece Major Nelson has firmed up the rest of this month's Marketplace release schedule, including a new alien themed add-on for last year's World of Keflings and a paranormal-themed pinball table for Pinball FX 2 - free for a limited time over Halloween.
Gamers can also expect savings on Halo Reach map packs and Dead Rising 2 standalone episodes Case Zero and Case West.
Daytona USA launches this month on Xbox Live Arcade and next month on PlayStation Network - in Europe.
Game over yeah!
Achievements for the Xbox Live Arcade version of Daytona USA have leaked, confirming, once again, that the arcade racer is game for a downloadable re-release.
There's a new Daytona USA game on the way, judging by a Sega tease that went earlier live today.