Mario Kart Arcade GP VR

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Mario Kart Arcade GP VR
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Developer Bandai Namco Entertainment[1]
Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment[2]
Release date Japan July 14, 2017[3]
UK August 3, 2018[4]
USA October 1, 2018[5]
France April 19, 2019[6]
Genre Racing

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is a Mario Kart game released for virtual reality arcade machines, released in Japan on July 14, 2017. It was later released in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2018, and the United States on October 1, 2018. It is the fourth entry in the Mario Kart Arcade GP series.


Unlike the prior Mario Kart games, Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is played through use of a virtual reality headset and in first person. Similar to the prior arcade Mario Kart games, the game is controlled via a steering wheel and acceleration and brake pedals. In addition, items are thrown by making hand movements, which the game registers by an attachment to the player's wrist. For example, to throw a Green Shell, one must make a throwing motion with their open palm. Also, instead of using Item Boxes, the game uses red, yellow, and green balloons to store items. Gliders are also present, and are used similarly to Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.[7][8]

There is only one, single-lap course available, but it has different themes, which pulls elements from courses within Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. Its first and second section is a remake of Kingdom Way, only with Big Piranha Plants and Thwomps; the third section is set on a mashup of Aerial Road and Sky Arena, only with many more Bullet Bills and Bob-ombs; the fourth section is based on Bowser's Castle; and the fifth section is based on Peach Castle. Before the race, Bowser and Wario push ahead of the players.[9]


Four characters are playable in the game, while two other characters are CPU-only. Unlike previous Mario Kart Arcade GP games, this game does not feature characters from Bandai Namco Entertainment; this is also the first Mario Kart game since Super Mario Kart to not feature Wario and Donkey Kong as playable characters, and the first overall to not feature Bowser and Toad as playable characters (both Donkey Kong and Toad are completely absent).


Each arcade cabinet has a different single playable character.

CPU opponents[edit]


Obstacle Description
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Big Piranha Plants[1]
Lunges towards the racers attempting to bite them.
A Bob-omb in Mario Kart Arcade GP VR.
Walks around and explodes if touched.
A Bullet Bill in Mario Kart Arcade GP VR.
Bullet Bills[9]
Flies in a set direction.
A Lava Bubble in Mario Kart Arcade GP VR.
Lava Bubbles[9]
Jumps up from lava throughout the track.
A Thwomp in Mario Kart Arcade GP VR.
Thwomps [1]
Rises and falls on a regular basis.





Item Use
Banana[7] Can be placed behind the user, and other racers will spin out if they touch it.
Green Shell[7] Can be thrown by making a throwing motion with an arm, launching them forwards. Other racers will spin out if they touch a Green Shell.
Hammer[7] Can be swung in front of the racer by making a downwards motion with an arm, and disappear after being held for an amount of time. Other racers will spin out if they touch another racer's Hammer.


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオカート アーケードグランプリVR
Mario Kāto Ākēdo Guranpuri Bui Āru
Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix VR

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