Mario Kart Arcade GP VR (マリオカート ア-ケ-ドグランプリ Mariokāto ākēdoguranpuri) is the newest addition to the Mario Kart arcade series, as well as the latest game in the entire series up to date. The revolutionary title allows players to enter the Mario Kart world through virtual reality and experience shell-throwing and Mushroom-boosting courses.

It was released on July 14, 2017, a few months after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in Japan, but a year and 20 days later, the United Kingdom got the game in Arcade cabinets.


Like previous Mario Kart Arcade GP titles, players sit inside an actual, physical, kart-designed arcade cabinet (this one is much more updated to look like a Standard Kart, is primarily shaded gray, and has the racer's logo on the front.) Instead of watching a screen, however, players wear a special headset and headphones that trick the senses into believing the reality of the Mario Kart world.

Players use a steering wheel to control their vehicle, and instead of crashing Item Boxes to procure an Item, there are now green, red, and yellow Balloons to receive one. One of the coolest features is USING the Items... you can make a throwing motion with your hand to use them.

Gliders also return and are used in much the same way as they were in the previous arcade title.


Mario Kart Arcade GP VR (Mario)

Mario and the gang come to reality in this game... at least VIRTUAL reality...

Playable Racers

Non-playable Racers








  • The Japanese name for this game translates to Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix in English.
  • Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is so far the only Mario Kart game where Bowser and Toad are not playable racers. Bowser is a CPU, while Toad is simply not there, making Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi the only four characters to be playable in every Mario Kart game.
Mario Kart games
Main Titles Super Mario KartMario Kart 64Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Mario Kart DSMario Kart WiiMario Kart 7Mario Kart 8Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Arcade Titles Mario Kart Arcade GPMario Kart Arcade GP 2Mario Kart Arcade GP DXMario Kart Arcade GP VR