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Could Ridge Racer Type 4 have worked on N64 in 1999?

The Ridge Racer series is considered to be legendary and its been that way since its inception back in 1993. Along with the original installment one of the most popular entries within the series was Type-4 which appeared on the PS1 console between ’98-’99. Ridge Racer Type-4 was considered to be one of the best racing games from the late 90’s along with the first two Gran Turismo games. While Gran Turismo games were obviously exclusive to PlayStation consoles the Ridge Racer series was created by Namco. Its common knowledge that Namco did big business with Sony during the 90’s especially seeing how successful the Tekken trilogy became on the PS1. Some wonder whether or not games like Ridge Racer Type 4 could have been popular on the N64 in America between ’99-’00. In terms of graphics the quality of Ridge Racer Type 4 would have looked significantly better compared to that of the PS1. However, its questionable on how much of an attraction Ridge Racer Type 4 would have been for the N64. When it comes down to first party video games like Super Mario 64, Ocarina Of Time and others in relation to the N64; there was pretty no game whatsoever that could of surpassed any of them in terms of sales.

Namco clearly preferred the PS1 over the N64 because it was more popular market-wise in countries like America, UK and Japan. Also, Namco has been able to reach a more wide range of gamers with the Ridge Racer series through the PS1 during the second half of the 90’s. The original PlayStation console was more for teenagers and adults opposed to the N64; which was generally for everyone but leaned more towards children and teenagers opposed to young and older adults. Ridge Racer Type 4 was rated “E” for everyone but the game was clearly made to cater to adults more so than children. In general third party games stood out more on the PS1 than they did for the N64 which is why titles such as Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII was such a massive success on a commercial level during the late 90’s.

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