Namco Bandai revs up new PSP Ridge Racer

Second installment for Sony's handheld will cross the finish line with new cars, new game modes, and new music.

One console can never have enough drifting, apparently. While a revamped version of Namco's Ridge Racer helped launch the PSP and the original installment of the series has been a poster child for the PSP's upcoming PS emulation service, Namco Bandai's Japanese site revealed it is working on a second Ridge Racer title for the Sony PSP.

The game, simply titled Ridge Racers 2, will feature 42 tracks taken from Ridge Racer Revolution, Rage Racer, R4, and other past titles in the series. Players will be able to race around those tracks in an expanded assortment of 62 cars while listening to a soundtrack of 42 songs.

There will be several new modes of play--arcade, duel, and survival--in addition to the world tour, time attack, and wireless battle modes. The nitro system, introduced in the first PSP Ridge Racer title, will be back for an encore as well.

Ridge Racers 2 has a release date of September 14 in Japan. The suggested retail price is 5,040 yen, or about $45.

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taco_man015
taco_man015

I feel stupid for asking but is this game coming to north america?

Sneakman116
Sneakman116

The original Ridge Racers was an awesome launch game, and even though RR2 looks almost identical, it will probably still pack quite a few thrills. I haven't played any of the older RR titles, so the tracks should be all new to me. Here's hoping for some more barefoot Reiko Nagase fanservice too! ^_^

A-E-M
A-E-M

i hope it has game sharing coz not much ppl buy it looks good though, alot of content

NagureoIIDX
NagureoIIDX

if anyone has the original "Ridge Racer Soundtrack of Ridge Laser LD" it has the announcer saying "RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RACEEEEEEEEEEEEEER TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO" so it kinda fits i guess

pb_and_j
pb_and_j

I will buy RR 2 if it has online play like Outrun on psp. And I also completed all the tour modes on RR 1.

divinefang
divinefang

I have finished ALL MAX TOURS on Ridge Racer and that's still not enough for me, so I'm gonna get this second installment for sure! Hopefully more "weird" cars, BGM and... more Reiko Nagase! RIIIIIIDGE RAAAACCERRRRRR!

willripyouanew1
willripyouanew1

Save your buks for PSP Gran Turismo.. If it ever comes out. Get off your butts SCEA Bums

chibirevolution
chibirevolution

I still think R4 on the PSX is the best !! I just loved the storyline and the tracks. I hope they add more this time round on the PSP. And maybe a little more Reiko Nagase please? (^^) hehehe!!!

kingspam
kingspam

As I said on the boards, THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME. I would love the opportunity to race around some more RR4 tracks, and I hope more cars from that make it in. I will love Namco forever now, especially if they bring back the original Pac-Man car.

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

um...hot as heck! ridge racer makes me feel special (looks at game case) not really

sephiroth_4
sephiroth_4

*snaps fingers* "movin to the beat"......R4 is the best

diamondfox32
diamondfox32

Okay.. my turn... RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICOLA!!! ....wait, that's not right...

rynmls
rynmls

its about time for psp...

ert47
ert47

*jumps on the band-wagon* Its Ridge Racer, Riiiiiiiiiiidge Raaaaaaaaaacerrrrrr!!!!!! hmm... I wonder if they'll be any playable Giant Crabs... Or a Giant Crabby Car, or a Giant Crabby-Themed Track??? btw, Burnout FTW

TheGrandMiG
TheGrandMiG

if you played one ridge racer, you played them all....

TheGrandMiG
TheGrandMiG

once you played one ridge racer, you played them all....

CloudStrifeFFO7
CloudStrifeFFO7

Looks cool doubt I will get around to playing RRRIIIIGGGGDDDEEE RRRAAACCCERRR!!!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

The RIIIIIIDDGGEE RRRAAAACCCCEEEERRRR series has been dethroned by Burnout long ago.

ewjim
ewjim

Are they ever going to change phisical engine?!

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Okay... my turn.... Ridge Racer... RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RACERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! Even I couldn't resist...

Brain_Failure77
Brain_Failure77

All right!!! RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDGGGGE RACCCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEERRRRR!

hrah
hrah

ITS RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDGGGGE RACCCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEERRRRR, HAD TO DO IT, AHHH , FEEL MUCH BETTTER NOW, WILL BUY IT.

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

Neat. I don't have plans to buy it, nor a PSP for that matter, but I guess it's neat because there's another version of it. .........damn, I can't resist... It's Ridge Racer. RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAACER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blazer88
Blazer88

More of the same.Yawn-tastic!

orangestar
orangestar

1 2 3 GO Ridge Racers, can't wait give me the game NOW

ftjx
ftjx

actually playing through the first one (psp) i'm on Max tour 42 round 3 AND MAN IT'S HARD

rbarahona
rbarahona

Great news!!! I really like the Ridge Racer franchise and this game really seems that a must have.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

there is no DS Riiiiiidge Raaaaaceeeeeeer ..? WTF? wow then i can sell my Riiiiiidge Raaaaacceeeeer DS as a super-rare item then? misinformed eejit.

Doolum
Doolum

i enjoyed R4 on the original PS,never turned to look on the first RR that came on the PSP.nonetheless impressed by what has been shown on RR set to release on the PS3.Wonder how the RR2 on the PSP will be like..hmm.Guess i better stick to my Juiced Eliminator and Too Fast too Furious...hahaahaaa

cyprus646
cyprus646

I think the only console a RIdge Racer games isnt on is the N-gage and the DS Namcos poping these out like Dynasty warrior games and all of them suck.

Pablo620
Pablo620

If you post here you HAVE to go Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigde Raaaaaaaaaaaaacerrrrrrrr!! in some form or else. Its a man law now

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

next one to do the RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE thing will be forced to drive round that track 100 times to unlock the Pac Attack car or whatever the hell its called.

a0me
a0me

>>"ridge racer psp? .. but isnt that stealing the thunder from loco roco..?" Stealing the thunder from LocoRoco? Are you nuts? It's Ridge Racer! RIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDGGGGGGGEEEEEEE RRRRRRRRAAAAAACCCCCEEEEERRRRRRR!

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

ridge racer psp? .. but isnt that stealing the thunder from loco roco..? lol

Seraphis_Cain
Seraphis_Cain

Sorry, I have to do it. I can't pass up an opporotunity like this... *ahem* IT'S RIDGE RACER! RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCER!

Vulpis
Vulpis

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Vulpis
Vulpis

Ridge Racer...wasn't that the series where the first version out for PS2 screwed up your memory card? Hmmm...Riiiidge Raaaacer! But will it have Real Time Driver Change? ;-) More seriously, I'm not entirely sure what the big deal is over RR *or* NFS, really...if you want a good racing game, I'd point to Gran Turismo. ;-)

vaejas
vaejas

Brrrrrriiiinng back grrrrrripppp! I loved R4.

bigbadshamoo
bigbadshamoo

I pray for infrastructure mode. Cmon Namco! You know people will buy it! One of the best PSP launch Titles! With added Infra support you wil lbring in more racers than ever!!!

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

I think the game will be more of the same, but that isn't a bad thing. Simply give people who loved the first one more of what they want, which is RIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAACCERRRR. hehe, I couldn't resist.

THX-DTS
THX-DTS

Yes!!!!!!!!!! Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidge Racerrrrr!!!!! GIANT ENEMY CRAP , i mean CRAB!!! Holly cow!!! Sony is bribing big time Namco!!!

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

Ridge Racer is probably the best racing game ever, more better than some NFS game.

coolcool23
coolcool23

i had alot of fun with the first one, i hope they can duplicate that same experience with the next one. (honestly, how much could change?)

MiKaNoH
MiKaNoH

RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAACCCEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRR i wont buy it anyway...

kriptonzz
kriptonzz

It's Ridge Racer! I wonder just how the rear-view mirror feature will work...