Initial D Perfect Shift Online 3DS Game's Trailer Streamed

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Free-to-play game featuring manga's characters, vehicles comes to Japan this winter

Sega began streaming the first trailer for its Initial D Perfect Shift Online Nintendo 3DS game based on Shuuichi Shigeno's manga. The video features the quotes, “I haven't lost... I'm faster!!,” "The real fight... Isn't here, right...!?,” and, “Tonight is my best feeling so far.”

The basic multi-player game will be free to download, and players can purchase additional items. Takumi Fujiwara and his Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE86) car will be available in the game, as will Ryosuke Takahashi and his Savanna RX-7∞ III (FC3S) car. Players will be able to race various characters on familiar courses such as Akina and Akagi.

In the game, players will need to SHIFT UP and down while the car itself will drive automatically. Perfect timing in shifting gears will be the key to having a great driving technique and winning races.

Sega will release the game digitally this winter.

Shigeno ended his Initial D manga in July after 18 years. The manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving, in his racing pursuits on the public highways. The manga inspired several television anime series (including the Fifth Stage that just ran last year), a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line.

Tokyopop published the manga and released part of the anime before ceasing its North American publishing operations. Funimation also licensed and released some of the anime.

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