The new Mario Kart VR experience has launched at K1 Speed in Irvine, Calif., following a six-month demo period at Union Station in Washington, D.C., as well as VR Zone arcades in Shinjuku, Tokyo and London.
Brought to life by Bandai Namco Amusement America, this new VR experience will give four players the chance to hop inside specially-designed “Mario Karts” and race through the Mushroom Kingdom as either Mario, Luigi, Peach or Yoshi. Players can enjoy the game on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We at Bandai Namco Amusement America are incredibly excited to bring Mario Kart VR to more locations across the states,” said Nick Iftner, virtual reality sales manager at Bandai Namco Amusement America. “The first location in the states in Washington, D.C. proved to be a hit, and we’re eager to bring it to the West coast where we believe many are waiting to try it.”
Through the use of the HTC VIVE VR system, Mario Kart VR will not only feature great graphics, but also use VIVE’s Tracker technology to let players reach up and grab items like green turtle shells to pelt at their opponents. In addition, Mario Kart VR will use haptic feedback, allowing players to feel every twist, turn, and impact on the track.
“We cannot wait to have VR Zone Portal with Mario Kart VR inside our Irvine location,” said Susan Danglard, owner and marketing director of K1 Speed. “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.”
To learn more about K1 Speed Irvine, visit K1Speed.com.