A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ridge Racer 3D is a wholesome, skill-based racing game in which players get to drive on colorful and visually stunning race tracks. Despite a flashy, high-energy appearance, the content is family friendly and easily approachable. There's no storyline, and players are unable to attack other competitors. Instead, this game is exclusively about the thrill of racing. With the added 3D effects, it is one of the most realistic racing titles for a handheld. Note that this game supports the 3DS StreetPass wireless communication feature, but that personal information is not exchanged. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.
What's it about?
RIDGE RACER 3D is a fine first racing title for Nintendo's 3DS system. The genre is perfectly suited for a 3D experience because being able to gauge depth is one of the cornerstones of racing. With Ridge Racer 3D, players can literally see how far ahead the next turn is and how close they are to their competitors. The game incorporates 3D effects very well, and reduces distraction by eliminating violent power-up attacks. There are a multitude of race tracks to choose from, ranging from the typical closed circuit courses to off-road environments. Players can also race against other 3DS owners if they are in the same room together, or they can download data from other racers via StreetPass and try to better their performance on their own time.
Is it any good?
Ridge Racer 3D is a great, solid title for any racing fan. The series has a long history dating back several years, but this is the first time it has been presented in 3D, making it a good addition to any gamer's library. The visuals are fantastic but do not push the envelope of the 3DS's capabilities, likely because it's a launch title and developers are still growing acquainted with the hardware and its capabilities. Nevertheless, it's proof that racing and 3D go well together.
Online interaction: This game uses the 3DS StreetPass feature to allow players to swap "ghost" data for specific races. No personal information is exchanged.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this game presents a nice, clean version of car racing. How can you tell which racing games are appropriate for children?
Families can also discuss competition. In what ways can competition be good for children? Can it ever have a negative impact? How should you react when you don't win or get stuck in a game?
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