Throw bananas at your opponents while racing in Nintendo’s Mario Kart VR

The globally popular Mario Kart has been reborn in VR, but this is not a game that you can play in your living room. No, this one you can play only in an arcade, namely at the VR-Zone, located in Shinjuku district of Tokyo.The awesome-looking Mario game is licensed by Nintendo and has been developed by Bandai Namco, and looks like an instant get for your Wii-U, if it was available at all outside of VR-Zone.

The game is controlled with a steering wheel, like any other racing titles, but to throw a power-up, you actually throw it by raising your hand. The Japanese arcade makes use of the HTC Vive headset puck trackers that take care of the hand movements, allowing players to wave at each other as well as to grab and use weapons such as a shell, a banana or a hammer. There are two sets of four driving simulators, with car number 1 designated as Mario, number 2 as Luigi, number 3 as Peach and number 4 as Yoshi.

The tracks are filled with the well-known Mario Kart traps and tricks. You can dodge giant Piranha Plants and Thwomps, leap over huge ravines, and watch out for Koopa as he tries to get in your way. What else could you ask for, this is the classic recipe for fun.

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