Bandai Namco to open virtual reality arcades in Japan and overseas


Unfortunately I'll have to travel to Japan, where they'll be getting the first Mario Kart VR experience at Bandai Namco's VR Zone in Shinjuku, Tokyo, to feel that sensation.

New footage of a VR version of Nintendo's racer, Mario Kart GP VR, popped up in a promo video showing off games coming to the VR Zone Shinjuku arcade in Tokyo.

It's unclear whether Nintendo has any involvement in the game's development, or simply licensed the brand for the VR arcade. There's no need to worry about your environment because your hands are attached to a steering wheel, while your vision is filled by the track and sidelines flying past you.

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The trailer (embedded below) shows a group of four zipping around a Mario Kart track with the players racing from a first person view. Guests at the virtual reality arcade can enter the world of Mario Kart through the HTC Vive headset while sitting in karts that allow users to steer the virtual vehicle.

Although the title has not been formerly announced outside of the VR Zone website, the portal does reveal that the venue uses the HTC Vive for the amusements. A few other games featured on the site include Ghost in the Shell Arise: Stealth Hounds, Dragon Ball VR, Ski Rodeo, and something called Argyle Shift.

Nintendo has made it clear that it doesn't plan to support virtual reality with the Nintendo Switch yet. Either way, this promises to be an all-new and unique Mario Kart experience.