Mario Kart Arcade GP VR Is Nintendo’s First VR Game For HTC Vive

by Jamie Feltham • June 13th, 2017

Not every big VR story is spiralling out of LA this week; over in Japan we’ve seen the surprise reveal of what looks like an official Mario Kart VR game, coming to arcades.

A new trailer for Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Arcade in Shinjuku, Tokyo reveals this very surprising new game being played on none other than the HTC Vive. It almost seems too good to be true, but an official website confirmed the existence of Mario Kart Arcade GP VR.

There’s little else listed about the game, but we’ve reached out to the publisher to find out more about the game and ask if it could come to the west. From the looks of the gameplay it’s a straight VR port of the pre-existing arcade game, allowing you to sit in a real cockpit and steer with a wheel.

Still this makes Mario Kart VR Nintendo’s first official VR game. It’s somewhat fitting given that the company has always expressed concern with VR’s isolation issue, and VR arcades detract from that somewhat. At the same time it’s hugely surprising that the company’s first VR game is appearing on the HTC Vive. We’re still holding out hope that Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch, will get VR support some day, and we expected to see the first VR games on that platform.

Does this suggest more Nintendo VR games are on the way? The company has been branching out in recent years, bringing games to mobile and partnering with publishers like Ubisoft for new Mario titles. Perhaps it will take the same approach for VR.

There’s also new experiences from Dragonball Z using the Vive Trackers and others shown off in the video. Sounds like we need to book a trip to Tokyo.

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  • WTF! ;-o

  • Kevin Williams

    Out-of-home entertainments latest big development

  • Sean Lumly

    Wow! What a development! This possibly contains HUGE implications for the future..

    Consider me sold!

    • Robert Cole

      wow wow! this is taking me back to ’91 when Virtuality arcade hit the Trocadero centre in London, England.

      My design college buddies and I would take “research leave” every Wednesday afternoon and travel to the Trocadero, to pump coin after coin into the mech combat, flight, driving and Dactyl nightmare games.

      I now hear Bandai Namco are bringing their Vive arcade demo unit to London this summer, with 4 different experiences 🙂

      • Sean Lumly

        Ha! I have an eerily similar story, only involving Daytona USA (a few years after you, but within the 90s as well)! 🙂

        I really hope that this catches on. I can only imagine the VR spectacle of arcade content! It would be more thrilling than a ride at an amusement park!

  • eminus

    Why go to Tokyo when there will be a VR Zone in LA and New York and Chicago and Las Vegas by the end of the year? Also, I believe the game is based on the Bandai Namco made Mario Kart Arcade GP so not a first party Nintendo game but a licensed one.

    • demol

      It’s seems to be a new game and not a port of the existing Mario Kart arcade GP and it’s written on the page that the game is licensed by Nintendo, not Bandai

    • Graham J ⭐️

      Because I wouldn’t step foot in Trumpland if my life depended on it? Also Tokyo is closer to a good chunk of the globe.

      • polysix

        Your loss.

      • Xilence

        I’m not a fan of Trumpland either (I live here) but it’s not as bad as you think it is, not everyone is acting all crazy like, at least where I am. BUT, regardless of those developments…… Tokyo and Japan in general is something to behold, I’d for sure go there instead of here.

  • Konchu

    Whoot….Where do I send my money?

  • What about the marvelous Mario’s tennis for the Virtual Boy?

  • imizael

    I’m sorry, did you miss the EVA cockpit? Or the dude Kamehameha’ing? Who cares about driving around in a Kart when you can GET IN THE FUCKING ROBOT

  • NooYawker

    I’m skeptical. Nintendo usually phones it in when they release anything outside of their own hardware.

  • Graham J ⭐️

    More interesting than it making use of a Vive is that it’s ported to PC. With Nintendo being so paranoid about piracy I’m surprised they’d ever do that.