A hardware launch isn’t complete without a Ridge Racer title. The 3DS continues this tradition with Ridge Racer 3D, the first entry in the series since 2007’s Ridge Racer 7.
The game offers fans a brand new range of rubber-burning challenges to master, as they take their chosen vibrantly-coloured muscle car around intense tracks – all rendered in 3D.
Only the most skilled drivers will secure victory, with the drift mechanic highlighted as a crucial pillar in a gamer’s arsenal. Using the drift button, players can weave their way around tight corners without losing speed or position.
In addition to the usual racing, city and rally tracks, players can also look forward to wilder terrain, such as mountain peaks and rocky canyons, as well as selected fan favourites from previous Ridge Racer titles.
There is also a range of multiplayer options available. Up to four 3DS owners will be able to compete through a local connection, using their Miis or even a photo to identify their opponents.
Ridge Racer 3D is also going to make use of the 3DS’ StreetPass mode, swapping ghost data from players’ time trials with other fans as they stroll pass each other.
Namco is understandably excited about the newest Ridge Racer, especially as it kick starts a new era for the popular franchise (see ‘Back in the driver’s seat’).
“The Ridge Racer licence is now more dynamic than ever and fans of the series will enjoy the exhilaration of drifting at high speeds in glorious 3D,” says Namco Bandai’s marketing product manager Blaise Rodier.
“The new vehicles, the breathtaking environments, the frantic multiplayer modes, the brand new canyons and snow-capped mountain courses, as well as other favourite courses from the past, all spring vibrantly to life using the 3DS’ outstanding visual effects.
“Ridge Racer 3D is set to be the hottest racing game on the Nintendo 3DS. As a launch product, it could help drive sales of the brand new handheld console.”
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