Mario Kart VR Looks Absolutely Ridiculous

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Bandai Namco is working on a virtual-reality version of Mario Kart, and it looks absolutely ridiculous.

The new game is titled Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, and we’ve gotten the first look at what it looks like in action – you can view that featured above.

Bandai Namco is launching the game under their new Shinjuku-based “VR Zone Shinjuku” event, where users don HTC Vive headsets and enjoy VR-based experiences.

It’s worth mentioning games found in Bandai Namco’s previous VR location test, VR Zone, will also be playable in this area. The VR center will open to the public tomorrow in Tokyo, Japan.

You can read more about the entire lineup of VR-based games on the event’s official website.

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  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Mario Kart on steroids.

  • DrearierSpider

    Fan translation. NOW.

  • luggage lad

    Mario on the Vive… officially

  • Lucky

    Looks cramped.

  • Now you yourself can experience the bitter taste of a last-minute defeat.

  • Fandangle

    It’s an Arcade game.

  • Just goes to show that Nintendo needs to start releasing their games on pc.

  • Snorlaxation

    Imagine how crazy this is gonna feel

  • randomdude

    … Sudden spinouts on VR…. Yeah, players should keep a bucket handy. maybe even put plastic around their gaming areas.

  • randomdude

    and then we can thwart censorship easier. I’d be for it.

  • Bitterbear

    Mod should change the hammer with a gigantic tortoise penis.

  • CrimsonColossus

    But why?

  • Hasn’t stopped anybody in the past.

  • Fandangle

    What are some recent examples? And by recent I mean recently released Arcade games. Genuine question, it gives me a frame of reference to estimate when this game may get an fan translation.

  • Fandangle

    No it doesn’t. This isn’t for PC, it’s an Arcade cabinet which is the antithesis to PC gaming. Arcade cabinet’s hardware is made specifically for a single game’s hardware. these days they’re even based on console hardware.

    What it tells me is that Nintendo needs to do more company crossovers with nintendo.

  • You do know that this is using the HTC Vive right? Which means this arcade cabinet is made with a PC architecture.

  • Fandangle

    PC architecture is such a vague generic term. I don’t know if you mean “pc specific architecture” which would be total bull since both ps4 and xbone use X86 or you’re just dumb and assume since the Vive was developed specifically for PC with the help from steam that it can’t possibly be used for anything but pc games and pc software which I don’t know, that’s an argument for someone more tech savvy.

    I’m no tech guy. However the problems I’m seeing are that 1:) arcade cabinets traditionally have very specific tech specifications, sometimes based on existing consoles like pokken or dissidia. This isn’t a “BUT IT CANT RUN ON PC!!!” Argument it’s a “designing an arcade cabinet is literally the same as designing a console except you’re making it for literally one game” argument. And 2:) it’s nintendo we’re taking about.

  • Shep

    Arcade boards have been mostly based on PC and console hardware for the past decade. In all likelihood it’ll be based on Namco System ES3 like Tekken 7 and most of their other modern cabinets, and the ES3 is pretty much just a beefy Linux-based PC.

  • Don’t worry. From your writing I can tell you are not a tech guy. :)

  • Go look at the arcade emulation scene: A lot of new(er) arcade cabinets have been and are being dumped onto the internet. About the latest I can remember it being covered was 9 months ago. Things may have occurred since then.

    Let’s hope NG does not have any restrictions on links:

  • patyos

    VR Karting hells yes lol

  • luggage lad

    I hope this happens of course.. But I think there’s alot of obstacles for this way above your normal arcade dumps.This is basically for a mini amusement parks run by Namco, and the idea of any of the employees being able to get away with (or wanting to) dump the games is pretty outlandish.

  • luggage lad

    Um, most arcade hardware now are just PCs. Straight up PCs with some security features built into them. This isn’t the damn 90’s anymore.

    There is absolutely NO DOUBT that these games aren’t running on PCs. They wouldn’t develope a whole new platform just to hook a Vive up to it.

  • luggage lad

    afaik these aren’t arcade cabinets. It’s a small amusement part like place you purchase a day pass to and get to try out the VR experiences while supervised (there’s a ton of different ones like Votoms, Gundam, Evangelion etc). Not really like an arcade at all.

  • That would put a hamper on things.

  • Fandangle

    And from what I can tell you’re not either.

  • Fandangle

    What do you call a PC that has incredibly specific hardware that can’t be changed, with an operating system that isn’t retail but instead an offshoot of a specific os?

    I mean, when you get down to it consoles are just PCs as well. When you get down to it it’s just the difference between windows and and Linux.

  • Well then you have not been paying attention. HA!

  • luggage lad

    If you remove the security on a modern arcade board and dump the game, it will run on any old PC.

    It’s a PC. I don’t know what you’re trying to argue. Arcades are run on PC, I’m sorry if that hurts some weird console-warrior logic you got.

  • SiliconNooB

    I hope they remember to supply vomit bags!

  • Josh

    I don’t think it’ll actually spin the view. Maybe it’ll just have some visual indicator that you got spun out.

  • Josh

    Would be more excited for this if the tracks weren’t just boring straight lines.

    Or if Rosalina kissed me as a reward for getting first.