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Mario Kart Arcade GP VR

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR originally appeared in Japan over a year ago. Then in July, we heard that UK fans would be able to try out the game over the summer. But how about North America?

The good news is that Mario Kart Arcade GP VR will finally debut in the United States very soon. Beginning October 1, it’ll be showing up at Washington D.C.’s Union Station thanks to the VR Zone Portal. This is the first stateside location to debut Mario Kart Arcade GP VR.


Mario Kart Arcade GP VR first appeared in Japan earlier this year. This summer, fans in the UK will be able to go hands-on with the experience as well.

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR will be featured in the VR Zone Portal London, at the Hollywood Bowl at the O2. Slots to try out the game from August 3 can be reserved here. Mario Kart Arcade GP VR will also be rolled out to other Hollywood Bowl locations, including Tunbridge Wells and Leeds. 


Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is one of several attractions at VR Zone Shinjuku. We’ve seen various versions of Mario Kart in arcades before, but this marks the first time that it’s in VR.

Of course, Nintendo didn’t develop the game directly. Like previously Mario Kart Arcade GP titles, Bandai Namco was primarily responsible. However, that doesn’t mean Nintendo was absent from the process entirely.

As it turns out, Mario Kart Arcade GP VR was made in consultation with Nintendo. Shigeru Miyamoto even offered input while the project was in development. According to producers Junichiro Koyama and Yukiharu Tamiya, Nintendo reworked its IP rules to take the special requirements of VR into account.

Thanks to Yoko for the tip.


Mario Kart Arcade GP VR was featured on the latest episode of Denjin Getcha showing footage of the game itself and the overall setup. Check out the footage below.

More footage is in from Mario Kart Arcade GP VR. We’re able to get another look at the track – off-screen that is – as well as a look at the whole racing unit setup. Check out the video below.

At the end of last week, Japanese outlets were able to go hands-on with Mario Kart Arcade GP VR. New details about the game were shared as a result.

We have the following information:

– Four players get to race as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Peach
– Bowser and Wario also appear as NPCs
– People play by wearing not only VR googles and headphones, but also Vive trackers on each hand
– The right hand controls the accel, and the left hand has the brake
– The course is using the one from Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix
– The handle has force feedback, and the seat also rumbles
– Three items are available here: Banana, Hammer, and Green Shell
– Items are floating on balloons mid-way, and can be obtained by raising your hands to grab them
– You can also throw items towards opponents behind you
– Can now throw items in all sorts of directions
– Tracks also have gimmicks like a giant Piranha Plant showing up from the side, a Thwomp falling from above, and a Bob-omb trying to cross the road and will explode if crashed into
– The track will change from a flooded area to a red hot area that resembles Bowser’s Castle
– When you’re inside tunnels it’ll also have a steampunk feel
– There’s also a section where racers can glide mid-air
– Races are balanced so that nobody gets to greatly surpass others
– Finally, there are no time records or rank placements at the end of the game (the writer assumes it’s because they want players to have fun rather than honing their skills)

We also have some new images as well:

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is playable right now in Japan. It just opened up at the VR Zone Shinjuku.

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VR Zone Shinjuku is opening in Japan, and Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is going to be a big part of it. Bandai Namco uploaded a commercial for the VR area, and we have it below.

A new video has come in showing Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, a game planned for Bandai Namco’s VR Zone arcades. You can check it out below.

This month, Bandai Namco announced Mario Kart Arcade GP VR. It’ll be playable at Bandai Namco’s new VR Zone arcades.

We have a few images of Mario Kart Arcade GP VR below. The gallery has screenshots, promotional art, and a look at the machine being used.

Thanks to Justin for the tip.


Bandai Namco has announced a new arcade featuring virtual reality gaming. It’s planned to open in Tokyo next month. Bandai Namco will be opening VR Zone arcades overseas as well starting with in London this summer.

The big news here is that Mario Kart Arcade GP VR will be one of the supported games. The Japan Times reports:

“… there have been driving games based on Nintendo Co.’s popular “Mario Kart” game series at regular arcades in the past.

But unlike driving while watching the action through a monitor, players using 3-D headsets will feel like they are actually driving Mario’s go-kart in a fantasy world.

Moreover, because the players wear devices that give them a sense of touch, they can actually pick up virtual turtle shells or banana skins that appear on the track and throw them at other players — action that is popular with “Mario Kart” aficionados.”

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR will be played using the HTC Vive. Nintendo isn’t developing the game specifically, but this is a pretty interesting development nonetheless.