The following is a press release from Kohnke
Communications and Namco
NAMCO'S TOP RACING FRANCHISE "RIDGE
RACER(TM)" DRIFTS ONE STEP CLOSER TO PSP(TM) HANDHELD SYSTEM
Launch Title for the PSP Handheld System Goes Gold
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (March 1, 2005) - Leading video games
publisher and developer Namco Hometek Inc. announced today
that the latest installment in its drift racing franchise,
"Ridge Racer(TM)," has gone gold for the PSP(TM) handheld
entertainment system. "Ridge Racer" will offer gamers
signature "Ridge Racer" drift handling at breakneck
speeds and be available in stores at the PSP handheld system's
"Namco has created a game that takes full advantage of the
new platform's wireless connectivity capabilities and offers
gamers new to this genre a unique and exciting gaming experience,"
said Nobuhiro Kasahara, president and CEO of Namco Hometek
Inc. "'Ridge Racer' not only capitalizes on the amazing
wireless connectivity of the PSP handheld system, but also
is a fun game that racing fans have continued to enjoy over
The latest installment of "Ridge Racer" features stunning
3D graphics, smooth analog steering and robust course selections
comprised of new tracks and classic courses from the "Ridge
Racer" series. For the most serious speed demons who have
mastered all 39 standard tours within the game, the U.S. version
features a new MAX Tour in World Tour Mode, with seven ferociously
difficult tours to conquer. "Ridge Racer's" Wireless
Battle permits players to battle it out head-to-head in eight-player
races, while an all-new nitrous boosting system allows for
faster racing than ever before.
"Ridge Racer" will be available at the launch of the
PSP handheld system on March 24th. For more information, please
To download a new "Ridge Racer" trailer and screenshots,
please visit: www.kohnkecomm.com/dl/namco/ridge_racer_psp_gold_assets.zip
About Namco Hometek Inc.
Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco
Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment
industry. Based in Santa Clara, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is
an award-winning video games publisher for next generation
game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest
video game franchises: "Tekken(R)," "SOULCALIBUR(R),"
"Dead to Rights(R)," "Pac-Man World(TM)," "Ridge
Racer(R)," "Time Crisis(R)" and "ACECOMBAT(TM)."
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"TEKKEN(R)," "SOULCALIBUR(R)," "PAC-MAN
WORLD(TM)," "Ridge Racer(R)," "Time Crisis(R)"
and "ACECOMBAT(TM)" are trademarks or registered trademarks
of Namco Limited in the United States and/or other countries.
"Dead to Rights(TM)" is a trademark or registered
trademark of Namco Hometek Inc. in the United States and/or
"RIDGE RACER" (TM) & (C)2004 NAMCO LTD., ALL RIGHTS
"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks
of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP is a trademark of
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.