The Link Between Ridge Racer 3D And Mario Kart

By Spencer . April 7, 2011 . 11:31am

RR3D_20110108_000 A feature in Ridge Racer 3D was inspired by the Mario Kart series. No, not mushroom fueled nitrous, the photo icons. Namco Bandai developed Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, an arcade version, which had Pac-Man and a "Nam-Cam" which took pictures of players before a race started. These race icons are in Ridge Racer 3D and the first feature Masamichi Yamazaki, Director, mentioned when I spoke to him about the game.


"We got inspiration from Mario Kart GP and an arcade game called Race On," Yamazaki confirmed. "Since the 3DS is equipped with a camera and it is not just an optional peripheral, I thought we could use this to let players take their picture for a racing icon."


Since Ridge Racer is nearly synonymous with new hardware launch I asked Yamazaki if he feels there is added pressure being first out of the gate, so to speak. "We always experience pressure and difficulties when we try to release a quality game at [a system] launch. When we achieve the goal we feel an overwhelming sense of self-satisfaction."


Flatout developers Bugbear Entertainment are taking the Ridge Racer series in a different direction with Ridge Racer Unbounded. A teaser trailer shows Reiko crashing into other cars. "Ridge Racer has traditionally been a game, which appeals to the mass market due to its simple arcade-like feeling. With Ridge Racer Unbounded, it’s more similar to Need for Speed or Burnout instead of the traditional Ridge Racer," said Yamazaki.


"Ridge Racer should be able to try different directions. Even compared to other racing series they have different themes and styles. I believe Ridge Racer can also do this and give players a game with a new direction."

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  • I cant wait to hear more on Unbounded, hopefully they deliver a great feature set that is comparable to Autolog via NFS: Hot Pursuit (about to try to platinum that game this weekned and month and to destroy my friends times, lol!).

  • To bad Ridge Racer 3D doesn’t have online! It’s really a good quality game! Just needs the online feature to take it over the top!

    • Yes it needed to have online then it would have sold like hot cakes and also I feel sad that the Disco Ball song from Ridge Racers wasn’t in this one.

  • malek86

    They really could have gone for 60fps like the PSP ones. The game doesn’t feel as smooth as it should – especially considering it doesn’t even seem to push the 3DS that much. Ah well. It’s still ok, I guess.

  • Maybe they wanted to the 3DS version to have an online mode, but then Nintedo called and told them that “online” + “camera” = “everyone taking a picture of their dick for their racing icon”.

  • Its Riiiiiiiidge racer

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