For twenty years, Namco Bandai has held patent US 5718632 A, which has given them ownership of the idea of a loading screen minigame. On November 27 (this Friday), that patent expires.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Back in December 2004, I bought two things. One was a PSP. The other was Ridge Racer.
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.
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.
I promise you. This is not a trailer for a new Burnout game.
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.
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.
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.