Mario Kart VR Races to California at K1 Speed Irvine!
Due to the COVID pandemic, VR Zone Portal Irvine is temporarily closed. However, K1 Speed Irvine is open for real-life go kart racing! Learn more here: Irvine Arrive & Drive Racing
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.
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.
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!
Take to the skies in Winged Bicycle – an incredibly immersive virtual reality flying simulation that puts you behind the wheelbars of a Leonardo Da Vinci-style flying machine. Choose your own path to the castle in this open-world environment, where you’ll fly through beautiful landscapes, narrow caves, and crumbling ancient relics. When we say immersive we mean IMMERSIVE – hope you’re not afraid of heights!
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.
This is Incredible! When Can I Play and How Much Will It Cost?
Mario Kart VR: $10 (1 Play) / $18 (2 Plays)
Ski Rodeo/Winged Bicycle: $8 (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!
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!