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Command Your Own Eva & Mario Kart in VR

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Video game developer Bandai Namco is about to open its Tokyo virtual reality complex, called VR Zone Shinjuku. The facility will allow players to experience the world of hit anime Evangelion as well as a virtual reality Mario Kart game.

The beginning of the video shows off the launch sequence and battle from the Evangelion: The Throne of Souls game, which includes seat-rumbling effects for extra dramatic effect.

While Nintendo usually flies solo in handling its intellectual properties, the Kyoto-based company has teamed up with Bandai Namco before, as in the jointly-developed Pokémon fighting game Pokkén Tournament. Bandai Namco has previously produced three arcade versions of Mario Kart, the most recent having been released in 2013, and now it’s ready to rev its digital engines again with the four-player Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix VR.

As shown in the preview video, players control the car itself as they did in the non-VR arcade Mario Karts, sitting in frames with a steering wheel, accelerator, and brake pedal. But the head-mounted display and first-person-perspective graphics aren’t the only things that make the new game special. Before the race starts, players strap motion sensors to their wrists, which allow them to make throwing motions to fling weapons, such as Mario Kart’s iconic Koopa shells, at their rivals.

The video also reveals that VR Zone Shinjuku will begin taking ticket reservations on June 16, 2017 ahead of its grand opening on July 14.

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