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MARIO KART VR Lets You Speed Down the Mushroom Kingdom Racetracks

MARIO KART VR Lets You Speed Down the Mushroom Kingdom Racetracks

In the 25 years since Nintendo first introduced fans to the Mario Kart series with Super Mario Kart, and the franchise has only gotten bigger and better. Mario Kart has practically created its own digital world–one we’d very much like to visit! Who among us hasn’t wanted to use a Koopa shell on the freeway to break up traffic? While we can’t bring the joys of Mario Kart to our world, there’s now a way to virtually take part in Mario’s.

Via Engadget, VR Zone Shinjuku in Tokyo has introduced Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, a new arcade game by Bandai Namco Studios that allows players to step virtually into the race with Mario and his friends. In the video below, one fan donned the role of Luigi and wore his signature green hat while experiencing Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, which you can see in the split screen.

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is one of the key attractions of the VR Zone Shinjuku, which includes VR games based on Dragon Ball and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Another video from Engadget demonstrated those additional titles.

One of the reasons that arcades nearly became extinct in the U.S. is that the home consoles were able to deliver a comparable or even a superior gaming experience. But we think that these new titles could lead to a resurgence of interest in arcades if Bandai Namco expands. As explained in the video above, Bandai Namco may open additional VR Zones in Japan, but it’s unclear when or if those titles will make it to the United States. But if they come, we’re gonna be among the first in line!

What do you think about Mario Kart Arcade GP VR and the other VR titles? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Image: Bandai Namco

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