Mario Kart Arcade GP VR

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Mario Kart Arcade GP VR
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Developer(s) Bandai Namco Entertainment[1]
Release date Japan July 14, 2017[2]
UK August 3, 2018[3]
USA October 1, 2018[4]
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.


Unlike 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.[5][6]

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.[7]



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.
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Walks around and explodes if touched.
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Bullet Bills[7]
Flies in a set direction.
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Lava Bubbles[7]
Jumps up from lava throughout the track.
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Thwomps [1]
Rises and falls on a regular basis.





Item Use
Banana[5] Can be placed behind the user, and other racers will spin out if they touch it.
Green Shell[5] 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[5] 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.



  • This is currently the only Mario Kart game where neither Bowser nor Toad are playable. Bowser appears as a CPU opponent, and Toad does not appear at all.
    • It is also the first Mario Kart game since Super Mario Kart to not feature Wario or Donkey Kong as playable characters, with Wario appearing as a CPU opponent and Donkey Kong being completely absent.
  • This is currently the only Mario Kart Arcade GP game without any playable characters owned by Bandai Namco Entertainment.