Initial D: Perfect Shift Online Lets You Show Your Team Pride

By Eugene . January 9, 2014 . 2:31pm

Initial D: Perfect Shift Online has extended its closed beta test registration. Players in Japan now have up to the 14th of January to sign up here to try out this free-to-play racing game for the Nintendo 3DS.


As part of the deal, Sega have also revealed that you’ll be able to customize your car with the series’ various groups’ decal stickers. Three were shown off as presents for beta testers—Akina Speed Stars, Red Suns and Night Kids.


If you sign up for the beta, you’ll also get the Toyota AE86 as a free car to drive around in.



This is an interesting take on racing games, as you’re not actually able to control the vehicle much at all in Perfect Shift Online. Instead, the game will task you with shifting gears up and down at opportune times in order to speed past opponents. This makes it easy for newcomers to pick up and play, as compared to the dauntingly difficult arcade versions I still see some fans racing in at arcades, but might be a sticking point for purists. The other addition is a card mechanic whose system still hasn’t been fully explained yet. We’ll let you k now more when we get the chance.



Initial D: Perfect Shift Online is planned for a spring 2014 release on the Nintendo 3DS eShop as a free download.

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  • British_Otaku

    To date, I don’t have any racers for my 3DS, I don’t think this will be Mario Kart DS/7 good, AiRace good or PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER F-ZERO NINTENDO I LOVED X AND GX SO MUCH awesome, but you can’t say no to something free even if you would rather have a full fledged project based on a license (I still need to read/watch this) or not.

    I hope it is worth a few spins and that we see a proper project someday or SEGA bringing something like Valkyria Duel if any other free to play titles to the 3DS. I would actually pay for that.

  • Rolling Guy

    I bet it’s usual card mechanics like the many Japanese mobile games out there. Let’s take Drift Spirits (iOS) as an example. Cards are used as upgrades. The rarer the cards, the bigger the performance boost. You can or cannot use more common cards to upgrade cards to max up their level, further increasing the performance boost.

    There could be a unique card however as I see from past screens that could either serve as the car’s driver or your co-driver. Don’t know if it’s a simple performance boost as well but hey, it’s a F2P Japanese mobile game. Can’t really go wrong on that. They’re mostly the same.

    I think this would do better on the PS Vita seeing as that console doesn’t have region lock. Better yet, could have done better on the iOS. Faster transactions too if that’s what they’re aiming for; which they most probably are.

    Come on SEGA, give us (The fans) 7AAX for the PS3/PS4! It’s been long overdue!

  • KnifeAndFork

    Just play CRS racing or Fast and Furious on your iOS if you want an idea on how this game plays

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