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Ridge Racer 3D (Nintendo 3DS)

by Namco Bandai
Nintendo 3DS
 Ages 3 and Over
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo 3DS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B004JHY43E
  • Release Date: 25 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,910 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

The Ridge Racer series returns to set the racing world on fire with brand new features, breathtaking stereoscopic 3D visuals, a wider variety of machines, new environments, expanded customization and updated drift mechanics. Ridge Racer 3D will be the hottest racing game on the Nintendo 3DS.

Drift through hairpin turns at blistering speeds to edge out the rest of the pack with powerful drift-tuned cars. Using the stereoscopic 3D power of the Nintendo 3DS, players will be able to experience a level of intimacy with the on-screen races like never before. Players can now accurately judge the distance between them and the competition with 3D depth of field for some of the most intense arcade racing available.


  • 3D graphics : Dirt will fly through the screen on rough terrain – Nitrous flames will burst out of tail pipes in a brilliant show of the game’s particle effects.
  • New machines: Highly powered muscle machines join the traditional line-up.
  • All New Drift Mechanic: Enjoy the thrill of drift racing with ease using the new Drift Button - Attack and drift through tight corners without losing speed and position
  • Breathtaking environments and courses: Drift through exciting and vibrant courses - Brand new canyons and snow-capped mountain courses as well as other favorite courses from the past
  • Play with Friends : Up to 4 player high impact, competitive races using Nintendo 3DS Local Play - Choose use a registered Mii, tag, or your very own photo during a race and know exactly who you’re racing against - Playing with friends has never been more heated and fun StreetPass compatible: Swap Ghost Data with other players through StreetPass - Create your personal “My Ranking” profile by swapping course records with your friends

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The Ridge Racer series returns to set the racing world on fire with brand new features, breathtaking stereoscopic 3D visuals, a wider variety of machines, new environments, expanded customization and updated drift mechanics. Ridge Racer 3D will be the ho

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best launch games 27 Mar 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was pleasantly surprised by how good ridge racer was. In truth, I hadn't expected it to be anything special, but at launch I picked it up on the spur of the moment. It is now my favourite 3ds launch title excluding super street fighter 4, and is substantially better than the first-party Nintendo launch games!

It is basically just an arcade-style racing game, and there are lots of well designed tracks and cool cars to get to grips with. What sets it out from the crowd is that it is very well polished; the 3d effects are stunning, every car handles like a dream and the courses and environments are all very crisp and clear. The 3d adds a lot to the game, as you can really judge where the next corner is, making for some slick drifts.

Overall, this is a great game to show off what the 3ds is capable of, and you really do get your money's worth when you play it. The Grand Prix mode lasts forever, and the other modes add a load of hours on top of that. Then there are multiplayer races, which are fab. My only really problem with this game is the lack of online play, which is a missed opportunity.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic launch title 27 Mar 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a brilliant launch title for the 3DS, the graphics are amazing and when you turn the 3d on its even better! But with how fast the action is, it can give you a bit of a headache!
It has a lot of different racing modes with alot of unlockable features such as new cars, tracks and start of race upgrades(which are a big help in later races!)
I rarely play racing games but I remember the first ridge racer on the ps1 all those years ago and this does it justice, very much so.
Get this now, you wont regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic arcade style from the nineties 22 Mar 2013
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This is an excellent racing game for the Nintendo 3DS, and even now in 2013, two years before it's release, it has no clear competition, except for "Mario Kart 7".

"Ridge Racer 3D" keeps the essence of the original arcade game from the nineties, where you need to drift at high speed in order to go from the last position where you always start, to the first one. This is different from modern approaches to arcade racing games. In "Ridge Racer" the learning curve is slower and you will need some time to understand how to master the car. I wouldn't say it's "hard" (and I usually don't like difficult games), but certainly it's not a piece of cake. In this version there's an alternate control for drifting that makes things a little bit easier, but still you need to memorize the tracks.

Speaking of tracks, there are 15 in total (most of them recycled from previous games), but you can race them in inverse mode, and contrary to other racing games, they feel like different tracks when you do.

Although you have a local multiplayer mode (no online), it seems clear that this game was designed for a one-player experience. The main mode is a Grand Prix that consist of a series of events divided in several races, where you are required to finish in a certain position (one of the first three, one of the first two, or as the winner). Completing an event will allow you to pass to the next one and give you some "cash" that you can use to buy new cars. This game mode alone is pretty long, but you can also play a single event (you can configure how much time you want it to last), or a single race. There's also a "time attack" mode to try to beat your records.

The game looks really good.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arcade FUN 22 April 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Driving games fall into two distinct genres, arcade and simulation. This is most definitely arcade with a capital A. Personally I am not keen on simulators like Gran Turismo, Forza etc with their "realistic" physics and mind numbing attention to detail (yawn). For me a video game must be fun and this most certainly is. Hold down the accelerator button and go for it. The power sliding in this game is sublime, lay off the power and drift round hairpin bends at breakneck speed, did I say this game was Fun. My advice is turn off the annoying commentary, driver icons etc, leave the auto transmission on, put the camera into 1st person view and enjoy this game for what it is, FUN (that's the 3rd time I've used that word). The only downside is it can make your eyes go a bit squiffy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The first thing that really impressed me with Ridge Racer 3d is the graphics especially in 3D. This game is really fast and the drifting around the corners is a bit insane at times as I can't stop my car from drifting one direction to the other direction. The race tracks are very good and I can't stop asking myself why has the Wii been left out when it comes to racing games like this. Local Play is excellent fun from 2 - 4 player versus mode but each player requires their own copy of the game. After Mario Kart 7 this is the next best racing game on the 3DS at the moment and should not be missed if you like your racing games.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game. 16 Sep 2013
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Everything !00%! What a racer and what a price. A kind of big boys Mario Kart if you like................Thank you. Mike
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5.0 out of 5 stars My son thinks its the best! 16 Aug 2013
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Great game play, sound effects brilliant, my son loves to pretend hes driving! He is 12 and says it's "top dog" which I atake to be brilliant! Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this game
Published 27 days ago by diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridge Racer 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
This item came on the next day of ordering it, wonderful speed.I orderd this item for my son. We are going to L.A. this saturday, so he will enjoy playing this on the plane.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. T. A. Vanhorne
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
It's your normal racing game - nothing too exciting about it to be honest. Doesn't have real life cars, just fictional ones.
Published 14 months ago by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of OK
Was nice to play in 3D but teh novelty soon wears of - and the Vita Ridge racer is so much better!
Published 20 months ago by ME
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful to look out, but you may have to turn the 3D effect down
First impressions of this game must be "WOW". The design, the graphics, the smoothness of driving. It's all a huge assault on the senses. Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by DKB
4.0 out of 5 stars why Ridge Racer?
I 've bought Ridge racer 3d and I really feel satified.
Of course it's not a masterpiece, but it's able to give many hours of fun. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Alessandro
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love it
This game is simple to play and get into, and my 4-year-old daughter played it by herself no problem. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2012 by Ms. M. Cheung
5.0 out of 5 stars 3DS Game
Really Great looking game, have liked this for quite a while and was very well priced by Amazon so of course had to buy it. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by the Truth
3.0 out of 5 stars good fun
My 11yr old Grandson Loved this game and is getting through the levels quite quickly . A nice none violent game
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by M. J. White
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