VR Zone Shinjuku, Bandai’s VR Amusement Park Features Dragon Ball, Evangelion, Mario Kart
VR Zone Shinjuku
(Last Updated On: July 26, 2017)

Bandai Namco recently unveiled a new project called VR Zone Shinjuku. The VR amusement zone is themed attraction for people who want to have a day of VR experiences without having to pay an arm and a leg to own something as high-end as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, or for people who don’t have a high-end gaming rig to utilize the VR headsets.

Bandai Namco made the announcement with a trailer that’s also accompanied by a new website that covers all of the various VR zone experiences that will be available at the Shinjuku amusement center in Japan.

You can check out the minute long trailer below, but it only barely gives you an idea of what the VR games or experiences are like, because it’s just mostly about giving you a marketed impression of how people are expected to react while donning the Vive headset. You can check it out below.

We see a number of cool possibilities, such as piloting a mech and fighting against Angels from Evangelion. We see some Mario Kart VR arcade racers, a Dragon Ball Z game, a fishing game, and an exercise game where you ride a bicycle and attempt to out-race others on a flying bike.

There are different tickets for the zone that grant you different gaming experiences. You can buy a special admission ticket to gain access to all four zones for 4,400 yen, which is roughly $40.

The four zones include a Red Ticket, which features a dinosaur survival run called Jungle of Despair, or the winged bicycle game called Hanechari, or the horror-survival game Hospital Escape Terror.

The Blue Ticket gives you access to Gundam VR, Evangelion VR and Dragon Ball VR, while the Yellow Ticket gives you access to Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, The Big Fear of Heights and the Armored Trooper Votoms Battling Dudes. The last ticket, the Green Ticket, will grant you access to Ski Rodeo, Argyle Shift or the fishing sim Gijiesta.

You can only experience one event from each of the colored segments with a single ticket, so you’ll have to buy multiple tickets to play more than one event from a colored segment. It’s a little bit crappy, but most people are going to want to try more than one event and that’s where Bandai is definitely going to make their money.

If you’re in the Shinjuku province while visiting Japan and you want to give the VR attraction at the VR Zone Shinjuku center, you can order the tickets from over on the official VR Zone website.

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  • Disqusted

    A few Japanese friends were telling me that the Oculus has dropped in price. One of them bought one, another bought a PSVR. They seem very pleased with their purchases.

    I didn’t want to rain on their parade, so I didn’t say anything negative, but I still don’t really care about VR in its current state. I’m perfectly fine with non-VR experiences, as long as they aren’t shit.

    • There’s really no reason to own a VR headset at all. There’s nothing on any of the devices that justify the amount of money required to buy one. The PSVR has some super crappy resolution that makes it painful to use. The Rift is owned by Cuckerberg and nothing good will ever come of that.

      In an alternate timeline where VR isn’t crap, some people are probably enjoying real games on the headsets that are actually fun and worth the price of admission.

      • Disqusted

        Yeah, I feel like the technology will obviously get better. No point hopping on it in the dismal state it’s in now.

        As it is now, it’s essentially paying a fortune for a little bit more immersion (depending on how capable you are at immersing yourself without needing a headset) and various annoying cons.

        I bet the majority of people buying it are just early adopters who get high at having the “latest” technology. I already know two people for whom that is true.

        • I bet the majority of people buying it are just early adopters who get high at having the “latest” technology. I already know two people for whom that is true.

          This is true. The only highlight of VR is the motion controls, but I feel this feature could easily be accomplished without the actual headset. A game like Arizona Sunshine or Superhot VR would be so much more fun just with the motion controls but without needing the clunky and low-res headsets that accompany them. I would be willing to pay a hefty penny just for those Oculus Touch controllers if you could use them without the Rift.

          Heck, a large part of what makes the Nintendo Switch fun is that the Joy-Cons operate identical to the VR headset motion controllers but you don’t need the stupid VR headset to use them.