Nintendo has been expanding their portfolio as of late and letting third party companies develop their unique stories around their sensational characters. Last night we saw the big announcement with Ubisoft partnering up with Nintendo to launch Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Now, Bandai has licensed Nintendo’s brand to launch a unique VR experience called Mario Kart Arcade GP VR For the HTC Vive.
A new trailer shows that the famous characters are available to play on the HTC Vive at Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Arcade in Shinjuku, Tokyo. While there isn’t much additional information available we can see that it’ll be a multi-player game similar to the original Mario Kart, just in an immersive state.
|10:00 – 11:30||5 minutes||80 minutes||5 minutes|
|11: 30 ~ 13: 00||5 minutes||80 minutes||5 minutes|
|13 : 15 ~ 14 : 45||5 minutes||80 minutes||5 minutes|
|14: 45 ~ 16 : 15||5 minutes||80 minutes||5 minutes|
|16 : 30 ~ 18: 00||5 minutes||80 minutes||5 minutes|
|18: 00 ~ 19 : 30||5 minutes||80 minutes||5 minutes|
|19: 30 ~ 21: 00||5 minutes||80 minutes||5 minutes|
|① Ski rodeo||651 Bana Coin||(700 yen)||6 minutes|
|② Height fear SHOW||930 Banacoin||(1,000 yen)||7 minutes|
|③ Escape ward Ω||744 Banacoin||(800 yen)||12 minutes|
|④ Train Meister||651 Bana Coin||(700 yen)||9 minutes|
|⑤ Argyle shift||651 Bana Coin||(700 yen)||7 minutes|
|⑥ Armored Trooper Votoms Battle dude||651 Bana Coin||(700 yen)||8 minutes|
|⑦ Max Voltage||930 Banacoin||(1,000 yen)||9 minutes|
|⑧ Gundam VR Daiba assault||930 Banacoin||(1,000 yen)||8 minutes|
Having a Nintendo IP available to play in VR is a giant step forward as it brings characters we’re familiar with into the virtual space. We’re seeing a good flux of announcements now that raises the bar of good available content. With Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim VR arriving this year, there’ll be many AAA VR games to look forward to.