One of Nintendo’s most popular properties is speeding towards a full-fledged virtual reality experience.
Bandai Namco has announced that their flagship virtual reality arcade, VR Zone Shinjuki, will open next month. The arcade will be nearly 40,000 square feet, according to a report in The Japan Times, and will feature over 15 virtual reality games.
But the highlight of the announcement was the reveal of an official “Mario Kart” game designed entirely for virtual reality.
Players sit in a metal rig designed to look like a go-kart, wearing an HTC Vive headset as well as sensors on both of their hands. The race is seen in the first person, and famous “Mario Kart” items such as the red and blue shells are tossed at opponents by gesturing with your hands.
For now, you’ll have to book a flight to Tokyo if you want to play “Mario Kart” in virtual reality. However, an executive at Bandai Namco told The Japan Times that the goal is “to spread VR Zone facilities around the world.”