When it comes to entertainment, many companies are turning to virtual reality experiences that mesh the physical with the virtual world. Such is the case with VR Zone Shinjuku, a complex that recently opened its doors to visitors, offering the excitement of unique experiences that are built in virtual environments using the HTC Vive.
While there have been places that offer some of these types of activities, what makes this playground a bit more unique is that it offers experiences from the likes of Nintendo and Bandai Namco. When you arrive, you'll be able to partake in a race in the world of Mario Kart. Like Mario Kart titles of the past, you'll be tasked with making it to first place, while also attacking opponents that get in your way. If unfamiliar, traditionally, a controller has been used to steer, accelerate, and launch weapons - in the VR experience, you'll be steering a simulated cart and launching projectiles through the physical action of throwing.
Those aspiring to become one of their favorite characters in Dragon Ball will be happy to know that the VR experience can train them for that. Along with mastering the basics of fighting, you'll also be tasked with unleashing a Kamehameha, under the guidance of Goku himself. After you have successfully completed your training, you will be able to test your might by battling with friends.
Mario Kart and Dragon Ball are just a small portion of the exhibit, with a wide range of activities made available. You can choose to escape a horror environment, paddle a winged bicycle through the air, or even take in some fishing. If you're in Japan and nearby Shinjuku, you can head to the VR Zone and have a day of fun for roughly $40 USD. This will get you admission and four different tickets that can be used to experience some of the dozen activities, which can be seen listed above.
Source: VR Zone Shinjuku