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Ridge Racer
The logo for Ridge Racer.
Year introduced1993

Ridge Racer is a series of twenty-three racing games which were released by Namco between 1993 and 2013; the first three titles (along with the ninth one) were arcade games while the fourth to sixth titles were PlayStation ones, the seventh, tenth and sixteenth titles were PlayStation 2 ones (the tenth one was also released for the Xbox and Nintendo GameCube), the eighth title was a Nintendo 64 one, the eleventh was a Nintendo DS one, the twelfth and fourteenth titles were PlayStation Portable ones, the thirteenth and twenty-first titles were Xbox 360 ones (that twenty-first one also got released on PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows), the fifteenth was a PlayStation 3 one, the seventeenth was a mobile one, the eighteenth was a Windows Mobile one, the nineteenth was a Nintendo 3DS one, the twentieth was a PlayStation Vita one, the twenty-second was a PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows one, and the twenty-third was an iOS and Android one. It is also tied with Ace Combat as Namco's second-longest-running game series after Pac-Man.

The series was set in the fictional "Ridge City", and although tracks were always added for new games, the original Ridge Racer track always remained; the courses were also varied, and somewhat realistic. The tracks went through different, colorful terrain, often with simulated city life and vegetation, but players didn't have to contend with any non-race traffic on the course itself - and although its style attempted an approximation of what a real-life course would be, the tracks often had grades and turns which would not be found in an actual city (which added on a bit of heightened realism and excitement).

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