Ridge Racer 3D 3DS


Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. Mar 27, 2011
    I have to hand it to Namco-Bandai: With the exception of omitting online multiplayer, it really put together a solid entry in the series for the 3DS launch, one that's easily high on the list of best titles available for the new system.
  2. The lack of any online features is a crying shame, but for 3D racing it's fantastic. [Apr 2011, p.86]
  3. Nintendo Gamer
    Apr 23, 2011
    Gorgeous, detailed, super-fast and loveably mad. [Apr 2011, p.58]
  4. 85
    a great launch game that offers fun gameplay and an awesome use of 3D.
  5. Mar 22, 2011
    It doesn't add anything new to Ridge Racer's well-worn formula, nor does it do anything particularly daring with it, but the 3D overhaul combined with a surplus of content are enough to blow away the dust that's settled on the series over the years.
  6. May 5, 2011
    It would be a terrible tragedy to forget to mention the game's soundtrack. While I usually am not a fan of techno, I must admit that the wide selection of tracks included in Ridge Racer 3D is a surprisingly dynamic collection of well produced tunes that fit the game's sensibilities quite well.
  7. Apr 13, 2011
    When all is said and done, Ridge Racer 3D is a good game to pick up with your launch system. It's fun to play, surprisingly enduring, and it shows off the system well.
  8. Jun 13, 2011
    Arcade-racing fans should take a look at Ridge Racer 3D. The game is funny, challenging and a real arcade-racing game with the good old Ridge Racer features & sounds.
  9. May 23, 2011
    Minor issues aside, Ridge Racer 3DS proves to be a solid arcade racer with plenty of content to justify the price tag.
  10. Edge Magazine
    May 8, 2011
    RR3D is the most convincing handheld iteration of the series to date, and an encouraging illustration of how 3DS's flagship feature can be more than a pretty visual twist. [May 2011, p.104]
  11. Apr 16, 2011
    One of the better launch titles for the 3DS, Ridge Racer 3D delivers a boatload of content, solid arcade gameplay and great 3D effects.
  12. Nintendo Power
    Apr 13, 2011
    Despite its shortcomings, Ridge Racer 3D is one of the Nintendo 3DS system's meatiest launch titles, and by far the series's best showing on a Nintendo platform. [April 2011, p.78]
  13. Apr 6, 2011
    With no online multiplayer and poor graphics, Ridge Racer 3D is a game with close to no ambition, but one that entertains with an ideal gameplay, many hours of content and a nice use of the 3D effect. Definitely one of the best games the 3DS launch has to offer.
  14. Apr 5, 2011
    Even though one could argue that Namco played the recycling card for most of the content of this new Ridge Racer and probably didn't push the hardware that much in terms of visuals, the game remains fun to play and true to its promise. With its 100% arcade gameplay, a steady and fast frame rate, and the 3D effect that really pushes the immersion further, and a lot of content, those who like the series can't miss this iteration, even though it remains a little repetitive in the long run.
  15. Apr 3, 2011
    When it comes down to it, Ridge Racer 3D is a familiar comfort that new 3DS owners can turn to if they want a safe launch game that they're likely to enjoy.
  16. 80
    Ridge Racer hasn't changed much over the last few years, but if you're not looking for the next evolution in racing, its arcade drifting will keep you coming back for more.
  17. Mar 31, 2011
    While some features make Ridge Racer 3D feel like it was produced on auto-pilot, they don't stop the game from being one of the marquee titles of the 3DS' launch-up. Its refined use of the 3D effect makes it worth showcasing to friends who have been on the fence in purchasing the handheld. And it has more than enough content to satisfy the Ridge Racer devout, even it will take a while to feel truly tested against the A.I.
  18. Modojo
    Mar 30, 2011
    The absence of online multiplayer knocks Ridge Racer 3D down a peg, a ton of recycled content overshadows the new stuff and occasionally, the action slows down when too much happens on screen. Those nitpicky complaints aside, this is one of the best games the young 3DS has to offer.
  19. Mar 30, 2011
    If you want a full Ridge Racer experience that makes one of the best uses of 3D so far and just so happens to fit in your pocket, then Ridge Racer 3D is a launch game that deserves your attention and immediate purchase.
  20. Mar 23, 2011
    At launch, in the here and now, it's a satisfying celebration of Ridge Racer's breezy ubiquity at getting the best out of shiny, new hardware.
  21. Mar 23, 2011
    Nicely executed over-the-top racing equals one of the best release titles for the 3DS.
  22. Mar 22, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D is easily one of the safest options when choosing your first few Nintendo 3DS titles.
  23. Mar 21, 2011
    No launch game benefits more from the 3DS's stereoscopic 3D than this almost illicitly addictive return to Ridge City.
  24. Mar 16, 2011
    An excellent arcade racing experience that has literally hundreds of races while giving gamers the wondrous new experience of 3D gaming.
  25. Mar 16, 2011
    Once you penetrate beyond the first few hours of torpid "Basic" races and start earning the praise continually heaped on you regardless by the game's obsequious announcer lady, this is a Ridge Racer experience that could be unlike any other. It has the pace, it has a solid structure and it has a new edge thanks to that magic 3D slider.
  26. Apr 1, 2011
    It's basically a fan service, where you'll find the traditional gameplay of the series. The 3D effect works very well, so if you love the brand, this might be your deal. Some new content, cars and tracks could've made it way better, and not just an average porting.
  27. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 20, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D is a fast and relaxed arcade racer, but the cars and tracks are much prettier on big consoles. [May 2011]
  28. Apr 29, 2011
    Heck, even I was able to place bets on my single-player experience would heighten the competitiveness of even the most mundane courses and then I might even forgive all those darn menus I have to wade through to get to the racing.
  29. Apr 4, 2011
    A fun game that feels good to control, looks impressive and delivers some classic arcade racing that's perfect for quick bursts of portable play.
  30. Games Master UK
    Mar 31, 2011
    It's lacking in a few areas but it all comes down to gameplay, where Ridge Racer shines. [May 2011, p.69]
  31. Mar 31, 2011
    A Jekyll and Hyde of a game.
  32. Mar 28, 2011
    The racing is solid, to be sure, but for a game that puts so much stock in its three-dimensional presentation, it's a surprisingly flat experience.
  33. Mar 27, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D is nice to play, and contains a lot of content. Unfortunately the game isn't really perfect. But the 3D looks good!
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Apr 3, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D is the definition of a rushed up-port. Visuals are sup-par at best, being directly ported from the iPhone version. Textures areRidge Racer 3D is the definition of a rushed up-port. Visuals are sup-par at best, being directly ported from the iPhone version. Textures are blocky, models lack detail and the framerate isn't brilliant, tending to hover around 30fps. Using nitrous will cause the framerate to suffer on scenes with three or more cars nearby at once. The biggest change is the appearance of helicopters and planes that fly over the course to accentuate the 3D effect. In a rather strange design choice most menus don't work with the slide pad, navigation is almost exclusively handled by the dpad. Similarly, the touch screen is limited to 2 functions, switching the map between zoomed and course overview, and changing camera position.

    If you have one of the previous versions of this game, on PSP or iPhone, then there really is no reason to buy it. However, if you must have a sim racer with your 3DS than it is still better than the alternative.
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  2. Mar 27, 2011
    For someone who's more used to playing Sim racers, this kinda feels like a modern day OutRun. There's not that much depth, or subtly - andFor someone who's more used to playing Sim racers, this kinda feels like a modern day OutRun. There's not that much depth, or subtly - and that's why I like it! It's great on a handheld system. The 3D works well, and the graphics are generally quite good. Of the launch titles, this is in the top 3. Full Review »
  3. Jun 7, 2012
    Despite the lack of online multiplayer which was slightly disheartening, the game as a single player, 3D racing experience holds up extremelyDespite the lack of online multiplayer which was slightly disheartening, the game as a single player, 3D racing experience holds up extremely well and shows us what ridge racer is supposed to be. Despite recycled content and a HUD style clearly ripped right out of 'ridge racer 7', the core gameplay is fantastic and still as insane as you'd expect from the franchise. Drifting round corners at 300km/h whilst amazingly staying with all 4 wheels planted on the ground. The visuals help create the feeling of speed too, with the tail lights streaking behind you and the second or so of motion blur as you start up your nitrous. Some textures are disappointing, however the 3D more than makes up for it, that extra dimension adds whole new tactics as to 'when do I utilize the drift' as well as looking amazing. The 3D is one of the things the game does best, which is good as it was a launch title. Pros:
    - Best 3D racing experience on the 3DS
    - Great sense of speed
    - Holds the legacy of Ridge Racer up high

    - Heavily recycled content
    - Some poor textures
    - Occasional FPS drops
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