Mario Kart has always been a beloved franchise in the world of video games. Players young and old alike flock year on year to compete in races against each other with characters from the world of Super Mario. The franchise has become so popular that it is even making appearances at the Olympic Games. But now the game is taking a huge leap into a new age of technology by incorporating VR into its gameplay.
In a recent interview, IGN reporter Lucy O'Brian described the game as being:
“Basically it is Mario Kart, but dialled up to beyond 11.”
She continued to explain how:
“The actual thrill of the experience is just so ridiculously high. You’ve got these huge piranha plants looming over you, the sense of scale is just ridiculous.”
Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, as it is known, is an officially licensed game which was first announced in June. The player wears a HTC Vive headset which will present the illusion that you are racing through the Mushroom Kingdom from a first person perspective. A warning though, the kart you are placed in does toss and turn as you go along, so it is not for the weak stomached.
The main attraction of the new game is that you get to compete against your friends, as the set up allows up to four people to play alongside each other. The participants all get their own movable go-kart chair, complete with a steering wheel and VR-headset.
At the moment, the game is only available at Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Arcade in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. Hopefully the success and worldwide reception of the game will allow it to be produced worldwide. It would certainly be a great addition to the arcade scene across the world, which has been declining recently thanks to the cheapening of home entertainment and the advancements in home VR capabilities.
We would love to see the game rolled out across the world as it looks like a multiplayer experience like no other, completely changing our perspective on this legendary series.