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Bandai Namco Adds Gundam Experience to VR Arcade

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You’ll be clinging for dear life in this new addition at the Tokyo virtual reality arcade.

Back in April, Bandai Namco opened their first virtual reality center in Tokyo called “VR Zone: Project I Can”. Along with the opening, the company released one of the more whacky VR trailers we’ve seen for an immersive arcade, packed with clips of visitors freaking out as they rescued a kitten off a death defying high-rise ledge.

Now Bandai Namco has announced a new experience set to open August 26 at the VR arcade center and it’ll be based on the popular Gundam anime TV series franchise. And just like the opening of the center, the company has also released an equally spectacular trailer to tease the Gundam VR experience.

The roughly eight-minute VR ride, dubbed Gundam VR: Daiba Assault, puts you smack in the middle of a battle between a life-size Gundam and an enemy Mobile Suit. You won’t be piloting the life-size Gundam as one would expect, but instead you’ll be riding high, clinging to the hand of Gundam while squealing for your life as the entire world shakes below you.

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The new Gundam VR experience will set you back 1,000 yen (about $10) and is expected to run through October 10. Whether your a fan of Gundam or not, this is one VR experience we can’t wait to see reactions from. If you end up checking it out, be sure to send us some videos.

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The Bandai Namco VR arcade first opened with six VR experiences that included:

  • Fear of Heights Show: Rescue a cat located on a thin wooden plank 60 stories above the ground.
  • Ski Rodeo: A ski experience that will take you through the steep cliffs of snowy mountains.
  • Real Drive: Get the realistic sensation of driving a sports car around a track in VR.
  • Escape Ward Omega: Join others in a giant abandoned hospital for a horror experience that will make you wonder what’s real and what’s not.
  • Train Meister: Experience the duties of controlling a Yamanote Line train as a Japanese train operator.
  • Argyle Shift: Battle it out with other mechs as you co-pilot a giant robot in this futuristic VR title.

The trend of VR arcades only appears to be growing in Japan — Sega announced in June that they’ll be bringing a basketball court sized multiplayer VR arena to Tokyo. And in April, one of Tokyo’s first high-rise buildings, Sunshine 60, introduced a VR ride to visitors that shot you out of a virtual cannon over the city.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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