Everyone’s favorite racing game featuring an iconic plumber and his ragtag group of friends and foes is making its way to virtual reality for American audiences in the near future. Mario Kart VR, the latest rendition of the classic childhood party game has been received well over in Japan and England, so it’s expected to elicit a similar response stateside.
Fans won’t have to wait terribly long, as America’s first chance to play the game will be on October 1. Unfortunately, only Washington, D.C. is getting a chance to test out the gameplay, since the demo is going to be at the VR Portal in Union Station. The “installation” is scheduled to stick around for about six months.
Players will be able to choose from four classic characters, such as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, or Peach. Alongside specially-designed karts, players will also be equipped with an HTC Vive VR headset and Vive Trackers, the equipment used to allow players to actually interact with the game by finding items along the course, picking them up, and using them to secure a higher place in the race.
No matter how it’s played, whether that is on a console, in Dave and Busters, or in a crowded dorm room on a Friday night, Mario Kart repeatedly wins fans over and keeps them interested.
Which is why Bandai Namco Amusement America national sales manager, Steve Ignarski said, “Bandai Namco is thrilled to be a part of the innovative, cutting-edge project that is VR ZONE Portal. The launches in Japan and the UK brought great success, and we hope to follow suit in Washington, D.C. Mario Kart VR is a long-awaited title and we have no doubt it will be well-received in the states, due to its incredible, immersive game-play and outstanding equipment from HTC Vive.”