CAESAR Logo

Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

X-Arcade

X-Arcade

Large CAESAR Logo

Ridge Racer (Rev. RR3, World)


Ridge Racer (c) 1993 Namco.


A superb, single-person racing game from Namco, featuring texture-mapped polygon graphics; in which the player competes against computer cars or attempts to set a 'personal best' in a time trail event. Ridge Racer features just a single racing track, but different sections of the track become available to add variety to the racing.


Ridge Racer's superb gameplay places a large emphasis on 'power sliding'; locking the car in a slide and drifting through corners. Perfecting this skill is key to winning races.


- TECHNICAL -


Namco System 22 hardware

Game ID : RR


Main CPU : 68020 (@ 24.576 Mhz), (2x) TMS32025 (@ 49.152 Mhz), M37702 (@ 16.384 Mhz)

Sound Chips : C352 (@ 16.384 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 640 x 480 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 32768


Players : 1

Control : steering wheel

Pedals : accelerator and brake


- TRIVIA -


A Ridge Racer unit is prominently shown in the second episode of the Japanese TV show "Ninja Sentai KakuRanger," showing an actor playing the game rather poorly.


According to a promotional flyer, Ridge Racer was the first 3-D arcade game to feature texture mapped polygons.


Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Ridge racer : Namco Game Sound Express Vol.11 - VICL-15025) on 21/01/1994.


A graphically enhanced version of the short track appears in Ridge Racer V as 'Sunny Beach' and Ridge Racer PSP as 'Seaside Route 765'. A graphically enhanced version of the long track appears in Ridge Racer V as 'Green Field' and Ridge Racer PSP as 'Ridge City Highway'.


- SERIES -


1. Ridge Racer (1993)

2. Ridge Racer 2 (1994)

3. Rave Racer (1995)

4. Ridge Racer Revolution (1995, Sony PlayStation)

5. Rage Racer (1996, Sony PlayStation)

6. R4 - Ridge Racer Type 4 (1998, Sony PlayStation)

7. Ridge Racer V (1999, Sony PlayStation 2)

8. Ridge Racer 64 (2000, Nintendo 64)

9. Ridge Racer V - Arcade Battle (2000)

10. Ridge Racer DS (2004, Nintendo DS)

11. Ridge Racer (2005, Sony PSP)

12. Ridge Racer 6 (2005, Microsoft XBOX 360)

13. Ridge Racer 7 (2006, Sony PlayStation 3)


- STAFF -


Music composed by : Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, Nobuyoshi Sano


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Sony PlayStation (1994)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "NamCollection") : Japan release only.


* Others :

Mobile Phones (2005, "Ridge Racer 3D")