Irvine, CA – VR ZONE Portal US – The highly anticipated Mario Kart Arcade GP VR experience will arrive at K1 Speed in Irvine, CA during the second week of June, following its success during its six month period at Union Station in Washington, D.C. as well as at VR ZONE arcades in Shinjuku, Tokyo and London, UK.

Launching June 12 at VR ZONE Portal Irvine located within K1 Speed, which is a family-fun entertainment center that features go-karts, the multiplayer VR experience will offer four players at a time the chance to hop into specially designed ‘Mario Karts’, before racing through the iconic Mushroom Kingdom as either Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Yoshi. Players can enjoy the game on a first come, first serve basis.

With use of the award-winning HTC VIVE VR system, Mario Kart Arcade GP VR will not only feature industry-leading graphics but, in homage to the original game, VIVE’s Tracker technology will allow players to reach up and grab classic items like green turtle shells to pelt their opponents with. Additionally, Mario Kart Arcade GP VR will boast haptic feedback capabilities, creating a truly four- dimensional experience that allows players to feel every single twist and turn.

Nick Iftner, Virtual Reality Sales Manager at BANDAI NAMCO Amusement America, said “We at BANDAI NAMCO Amusement America are incredibly excited to bring Mario Kart Arcade GP VR to more locations across the states. The first location in the states in Washington D.C. proved to be a hit, and we’re eager to bring it to the West coast where we believe many are waiting to try it. We are confident that VR ZONE Portal Irvine will be a huge success at the Irvine location.”

Susan Danglard, Owner and Marketing Director of K1 Speed, said, “We cannot wait to have VR ZONE Portal Irvine with Mario Kart Arcade GP VR inside our Irvine location. This cutting-edge virtual reality experience is the perfect complement to our premium indoor kart racing experience. Visitors will get to physically race go karts on our track and then virtually race at Mushroom Kingdom – we know this will be incredibly popular with people of all ages in Southern California.”

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