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Mario Kart VR Races to California at K1 Speed Irvine!

VR Zone Portal Irvine and K1 Speed logos with Mario Kart VR in background

Mama Mia! Get ready for a whole new karting experience at K1 Speed. The worldwide phenomenon that is Mario Kart Arcade GP VR comes to our Irvine location this month!

 

This is only the second time in history that Mario Kart Arcade GP VR has been offered in the United States (previously only found in Washington DC). And K1 Speed Irvine will be the only place in the entire country where you’ll be able to try this unique experience that journalists and gamers have been raving about since its introduction in Tokyo.

 

Our whole arcade at K1 Speed Irvine has been converted into VR Zone Portal Irvine – a Bandai Namco Amusement arcade with the latest exciting video game experiences that are coming out of Japan.

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR

In Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, we’ll have four different karts for you to jump into. Each kart comes complete with rumble seats, pedals and steering wheel. Each kart represents one of the playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi.

 

Once you’re in your kart, you’ll be slipping on a HTC Vive virtual reality headseat, headphones with mics, and Vive Trackers on your hands. Then, you’ll be transported to the virtual world of Mushroom Kingdom where you and your friends will be racing against Bowser and Wario for the top step of the podium.

four mario kart vr racing machines part of the vr arcade experience

On the way, you’ll have to dodge Piranha Plants and Thwomps as you twist your way around the circuit. Of course, Mario Kart Arcade GP VR wouldn’t be complete without weapons, so these are very much a part of the experience as well. Instead of driving into blocks to pick up a weapon, you’ll simply grab one from a balloon that floats above you within reaching distance. Once you’ve snatched a weapon, you’ll be able to throw bananas or green shells at your opponents or smash a fellow racer with a hammer as you storm past. Must be 48″ or taller to play.

 

And Mario Kart Arcade GP VR isn’t the only amazing VR experience coming to K1 Speed Irvine. Take a look at the other games in the arcade!

Ski Rodeo

Take to the slopes in Ski Rodeo, a next-generation skiing simulator that is so realistic and immersive, you’ll even see your own breath in the chilly VR environment! Just don’t be surprised if you have a funny reaction like this while playing the game. Must be 48″ or taller to play.

virtual reality skiing arcade game with handles and screen
point of view shot of ski rodeo vr arcade game

Argyle Shift

screenshot from argyle shift featuring anime mecha

Or become a futuristic test pilot of a giant mecha in Argyle Shift where you’ll be on a mission in Japan in the year 2145. Along the way, you’ll fend off enemy attacks while your AI humanoid friend, Eine, helps you along the way. This anime-inspired game brings the arcade shooter and virtual reality experience to new heights! Must be 48″ or taller and at least 13 years old to play. 

virtual reality machine with two joysticks and seat

Two Different & Exciting Pac-Man Experiences

If these cutting-edge virtual reality video games aren’t your speed, then enjoy some retro fun with Pac-Man! We’ll have two different non-VR Pac-Man experiences available: Pac-Man Battle Royale Deluxe or The World’s Largest Pac-Man.

 

In Pac-Man Battle Royale Deluxe, up to four players compete against each other – eating ghosts and other players’ Pac-Man characters on their way to victory. Each player will have their own pedestal with controls, and gameplay will take place on a projection on our arcade wall!

 

If the traditional Pac-Man experience is more your cup of tea, then try out The World’s Largest Pac-Man. This game is the classic 1980 Pac-Man experience that we all know and love – but bigger! You’ll be playing on a nearly 9-foot tall 108” LED screen that’ll suck you right into the maze!

No restrictions to play. 

woman playing worlds largest pacman arcade game

This is Incredible! When Can I Play and How Much Will It Cost?

VR ZONE Portal Irvine will open on Wednesday, June 12 during our normal operating hours.* The prices for these virtual reality experiences are as follows:

Mario Kart VR: $12 (1 Play) / $20 (2 Plays)

 

Argyle Shift or Ski Rodeo: $10 (1 Play) / $15 (2 Plays)

Play ‘Em All (1 play on each VR game): $25

 

Both Pac-Man Games: $1/play

Race Virtually AND in Real Life!

Of course, if you’re planning on doing some laps around Mushroom Kingdom, you’ve got to complement the experience with laps around an actual go-kart track! Make sure you jump into one of our all-electric go-karts while you’re here and experience speeds up to 45 mph!

Explore our Irvine Go-Kart Race Packages
shot of two racers at K1 Speed racing karts on track

Are YOU excited to play Mario Kart VR? Which character will you race as in Mushroom Kingdom? Let us know in the comments section below!

*If we have a private event, VR Zone Portal Irvine will be closed to the public. Please check our closures page when planning your visit. 

Comments
  • Diego Mendez

    Will you have Birthday party package events? Such as renting the VR zone for 2 to 3 hours of unlimited play time + electric go carts and a room for the party to eat and cut cake.

    • Staff Writer

      Hello, Diego! We currently do not have any packages including VR, however the VR arcade is available to rent for unlimited play. For more information about the rental, you may speak with a group events specialist by calling 1-855-517-7333. Thank you!

  • Jeffrey Chen

    Hello, will there be Mario Kart merchandise available in the future?

    • Staff Writer

      Hey, Jeffrey! We currently do not have plans to do so, but you never know down the line..!

  • Olivia

    Hi! When will this end? I live in NorCal and want to make sure I make it to Irvine in time.

    • Staff Writer

      Hello, Olivia! VR Zone Portal will be inside our Irvine location for at least a year – so you’ve got some time!

  • Ruben Flores

    Can people show up and play or do you have to make reservations? Are the VR MARIO carts available to play all week long and weekends? What’s the website that we can look at?
    Thank you.

    • Staff Writer

      Hello, Ruben! All of these games are available for people to show up and play 7 days a week during our normal operating hours. This webpage is your best source for information regarding the arcade. If looking for more information about K1 Speed Irvine, please visit: https://www.k1speed.com/irvine-location.html . Thanks for your interest!

  • Tetsuo

    Is there a minimum age requirement for the VR games?

    • Staff Writer

      Hey Tetsuo! You just have to be 4′ (48″) for Mario Kart Arcade GP VR and Ski Rodeo. Suggested age for Argyle Shift is 13.

  • Tetsuo

    I have another question. How long (time) does a single play typically last in the Mario Kart GP VR last?

    • Staff Writer

      Hello again! Mario Kart Arcade GP VR typically lasts around 5 minutes per play.

  • Lana

    Hi,

    It says online that the height req for VR Mario Kart is 48inch, but one of your Staff Writer replied as minimum 58″. Which one is it? I have a 10-year old about 54″ tall.

    • Staff Writer

      Hey Lana! Whoops! Our mistake – the original information in the blog post is correct: 48″ or 4′ tall. Sorry for any confusion!

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