It’s Ridge Racer Accelerated!

By Spencer . November 16, 2009 . 7:47pm


Three years have passed since the “It’s Ridge Racer” joke. Perhaps, we’ve forgotten about it, which means it’s time for a new Ridge Racer game.


Maybe. Well, probably. Namco Bandai trademarked Ridge Racer Accelerated in Japan, a sign that the series may come back.


Huh. I wonder if this is linked to the “that RPG will return” countdown. What if RPG stands for “racing platform game”. Kidding!

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  • JeremyR

    That’s actually something I’m surprised we haven’t really seen, a Racing RPG. There have been many racing games that have some RPG elements, and vice-versa. But never really a true fusion of the two.

    • ShinGundam

      Hmm good point we need racing with good characters

    • neo_firenze

      Squaresoft’s Racing Lagoon was pretty close to a full-on fusion of Racing/RPG. Never made it out of Japan, and it was probably a better concept than it ended up being as a game… but it was around.

      Then there were, as you hinted at, some racers with more RPG-ish elements. SNK’s Riding Hero was an early Neo Geo motorcycle racer with a story mode. Ridge Racer Type 4 was kind of similar in that it had an actual narrative story mode.

      At any rate, I’m thrilled to see anything new Ridge Racer. I love 6 and 7 (6.5?), and I’m happy to see we may not have to wait for a new console launch to see the next entry in the series.

      • fuzaku2

        What about Genki’s Kaido Battle 1 and 2? Or the Initial D games?

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