Mario Kart Making Its Virtual Reality Debut In Japan

Elizabeth Williams
June 14, 2017

The company is dipping its toe with a small mini "VR Zone Portal" venue first, opening in London this summer with 3-4 new VR IP present.

This looks like a VR port of the existing game, but whichever way you slice it, this is the first Nintendo IP to arrive in virtual reality.

This could very well lead to more Nintendo VR experiences in the future, depending on the success of this one.

We've already got a great deal of Mario Kart games to get excited for here in the USA, including the recent Nintendo Switch release Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. 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.

But the highlight of the announcement was the reveal of an official "Mario Kart" game designed entirely for virtual reality.

The company have announced 16 VR experiences which will feature in these new arcades, but by far the most notable and surprising is a VR version of Nintendo's beloved racing franchise Mario Kart.

As the name may suggest, the new titlemakes the jump to VR, allowing players to race and throw shells at each other in virtual reality. The Mario Kart Arcade VR game is an adaptation of Bandai Namco's Mario Kart license for arcade cabinets. However, an executive at Bandai Namco told The Japan Times that the goal is "to spread VR Zone facilities around the world". It's entirely possible that these games will see wider distribution in the future, but for now, you can only play them in Shinjuku.

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