Mario Kart Arcade GP VR gets new gameplay teaser

Just as delightfully intense as we imagined

Just as delightfully intense as we imagined

Unfortunately it seems that for now the version of the game is limited to Japan where they'll be available at Bandai Namco's VR Zone arcades.

Nintendo has certainly flirted with the idea of VR in the past, but once the Switch arrived on the scene, hopes of Nintendo pursuing console-based virtual reality were dashed. And it looks much more intense.

The Arcade GP games aren't by Nintendo and so there's often slight differences to the usual formula. As you've probably guessed, it's a section of arcade dedicated to virtual reality game experiences and Mario Kart will be joining the likes of Dragon Ball, Neon Genesis Evangelion (trailer below), and a Ghost in the Shell exhibit. A motion sensor attaches to your wrist while playing, thus allowing the game to track you using items. Whether it be long Monster Hunter nights or brief Splatoon sessions, many in our forums community have been gathering to play games together for years. We can thank the decline in arcade popularity over here for that. If you find yourself in the Shinjuku area, be sure to check it out.

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So come on and join us tonight at 8 PM Central Time to play some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch!

Who knows, though? Considering that this uses HTC VIVE hardware, perhaps we'll see Nintendo to one day use that as a platform to expand into VR on a larger scale?