Remember Ridge Racer's amazing Galaga mini-game on PS1? Bandai Namco patented the concept of mini-games in loading screens, but video game lawyer David Hoppe noticed Bandai Namco's patent is about to expire. The patent was filed November 27, 1995, which means developers can build their own on November 27, 2015. » 1/13/15 11:48am 1/13/15 11:48am

Ridge Racer Stops Trying To Launch Consoles

Since 1994, every major Sony console has launched with an installment of Namco Bandai's (in)famous arcade racing franchise. There were Ridge Racer games at the launch of the Nintendo DS, 3DS and Microsoft's Xbox 360 as well. This generation? Nothing. Meanwhile, on iOS and Android... » 12/03/13 10:57am 12/03/13 10:57am

The Best Worst Game Trailer Music of 2012

Yes, I know it's only May, but it's May 31 and hot damn, this trailer music is awfully wonderful. Or is it, wonderfully awful? Whatever, who cares, it's great and terrible at the same damn time. » 5/31/12 8:30am 5/31/12 8:30am

Jackasses Destroy a Fleet of Ferraris

One Sunday about a month ago, I was driving my family to Himeji. It was a drizzly early morning on the Chugoku Expressway, and I just cleared Kobe. To my right, a trio of Lancia Delta Integrales came whizzing by. » 12/05/11 3:00am 12/05/11 3:00am

Ridge Racer DLC Sucks. Namco Ready To Rip You Off.

Thought it was stupid and awful that Namco Bandai was releasing Ridge Racer with only three tracks? Wait until you hear what the DLC is. » 11/29/11 4:00am 11/29/11 4:00am

Ridge Racer Has Only Three Tracks? 30FPS? No Thanks!

I like Ridge Racer. It's a guilty pleasure. And I was actually thinking of getting the next game. That is, until I heard what madness Namco Bandai is pulling. » 11/24/11 7:00am 11/24/11 7:00am

Father of PlayStation Gets to Launch a Game on PlayStation Vita in…

We got Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort and a few more for the launch of the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year. We got Lumines, an Ape Escape and more in 2005 for the launch of the PlayStation Portable. » 10/20/11 1:20pm 10/20/11 1:20pm

First PlayStation Vita Games Priced

When the PS Vita goes on sale Dec. 17 in Japan, it will cost ¥25,000. With the weak dollar, that's US$326. So it's best to go by the portable's American pricing: $250. With that in mind, how much are Vita games going to cost? » 10/11/11 4:30am 10/11/11 4:30am

The Strange Studio Born of Two Rival Companies

The Ridge Racer game for Sony's upcoming PlayStation Vita will be the product of a unique studio: one that was established not by one major publisher, but as part of a partnership between two. » 7/14/11 2:30am 7/14/11 2:30am

Ridge Racer Coming to PS Vita

Cue the Riiiiiidge Raaaaacer jokes! Namco's racing series is bound for the upcoming PS Vita. Details are scant, but Namco did release a single image in an official statement. » 6/07/11 6:00am 6/07/11 6:00am

Trust Us, Ridge Racer Has The Best 3D On The 3DS

It is hard to show you the 3D graphics of the Nintendo 3DS. It is nearly impossible. So please trust me when I say that the ordinary graphics of Ridge Racer 3D look extraordinary when the Nintendo 3DS slider is activated. I can't show you in the video here, though I try hard to explain it to you. » 3/25/11 12:00pm 3/25/11 12:00pm

Ridge Racer Is Taking A Sharp Left Turn With 'Unbounded'

Namco's Ridge Racer series is turning 18 years old this year. What will it do with its new adult freedoms? Get a new developer and what appears to be plenty of destruction, as seen in the new Ridge Racer Unbounded. » 2/04/11 4:30pm 2/04/11 4:30pm

A Visual Guide To Racing Games

Whether you feel the need for speed or the need to make the car you're driving sounds as close to the real thing as possible, The Kotaku Genre Guide to Racing Games has you covered. » 11/24/10 6:20pm 11/24/10 6:20pm

Riiiiiiiiidge Raaaaaaaaaacer Goes 3D On Nintendo's New Handheld

Namco Bandai has thrown its support behind Nintendo's new 3DS, with five games currently in development for the handheld. One of them is, of course, Ridge Racer. » 6/17/10 7:00pm 6/17/10 7:00pm

Ridge Racer: Accelerated Coming To iPhone Soon

Namco Bandai is taking the old Ridge Racer franchise for another spin, its first in almost three years, this time on the visual powerhouse that is... Apple's iPhone? Yes, Ridge Racer: Accelerated is an iPhone game. » 12/14/09 10:40pm 12/14/09 10:40pm