The official Mario Kart Arcade GP VR experience is opening this month in Irvine, California at K1 Speed.
The attraction allows up to four players to become Mario, Luigi, Peach or Yoshi before virtually racing through Mushroom Kingdom in stationary karts with haptic feedback. Vive Trackers are used to allow players to reach up and grab items to throw at opponents. K1 Speed is an indoor karting location so the new VR attraction should be a good complement.
“This cutting-edge virtual reality experience is the perfect complement to our premium indoor kart racing experience. Visitors will get to physically race go karts on our track and then virtually race at Mushroom Kingdom – we know this will be incredibly popular with people of all ages in Southern California,” said Susan Danglard, Owner and Marketing Director of K1 Speed, in a prepared statement.
The new Mario Kart VR attraction launches June 12 at the VR ZONE Portal inside K1 Speed.
Irvine is also home to Dave & Busters at the Irvine Spectrum with both Star Trek and Jurassic World Vive-based VR attractions with Terminator also available at Spaces. Up the 5 freeway a bit at Downtown Disney and you can also visit the Star Wars universe at The VOID. A nearby mall in Orange County, California was also the testing ground for a Gear VR-based walk around experience centered in the Alien universe.