Initial D Perfect Shift Online's 3DS Gameplay Shown in Videos

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Free "race battle" game will be available digitally in Japan on April 2

Sega began streaming an "Ultra-Short" promotional video and an introduction video for its Initial D Perfect Shift Online 3DS game on Thursday. Sega will release the game digitally in Japan on April 2.

The "race battle" 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.

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 ran in 2012), a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line. The series will get a new triology of anime films, with the first slated to open on August 23.

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.

Source: Dengeki Online via Otakomu

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