Mario Kart VR coming to Japan

Mario Kart is officially coming to VR

Nintendo favourite Mario Kart to become a virtual reality arcade game

One of the games at VR Zone Shinjuku will be a VR-enabled version of Mario Kart Arcade GP, the arcade Mario Kart game Namco developed all the way back in 2005.

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. You could say this is Nintendo's first shot at VR despite the publishing seemingly being their only involvement in the arcade game.

There's no word yet on whether Mario Kart Arcade GP VR will get a home release.

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This is only a very short video, of course, but the game's existence is confirmed by a logo on the VR Zone's website. We got to see an expansion for Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, some new IP and a Splatoon Tournament. Also with the launch on the HTC Vive, we have to wonder if the game could eventually find its way outside of the arcade, but until then we guess the only way you'll be able to play it is in Japan.

The arcade will also feature VR content from other properties, including Ghost in the Shell and Dragon Ball.

The company hasn't made any official note about the game coming to the USA, but it's certainly a possibility, since more arcades are starting to adapt to virtual reality technology. The arcade will use HTC Vive virtual reality headsets to immerse players in virtual reality, and for Mario Kart VR, each player will be given their own station with a racing wheel and wrist-strapped motion controllers.

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