Yesterday, our American friends at Arcade Heroes reported that Namco Bandai has begun the location testing for Mario Kart Arcade GP DX across the US. Since this should be just a pre-release location testing, the final software (and hardware maybe?) could change on the final cabinets.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has been released in Japan last Summer, and will soon hit US arcades, possibly starting from next April. Unfortunately there are no sure info about a possible European release, but since Namco Bandai brought the game at this year’s EAG International 2014 in London, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it in homeland’s arcades in the near future.
Also according to Arcade Heroes, that spoke with a official rep, the game should be able to connect (wired or wireless) to the internet and Namco Bandai is planning on offering approximately 5 years of online updates which will include new tracks, characters and avatars.
But here’s the bad news. In fact Namco Bandai has changed the cabinets from the original Japanese version, completely removing the Banapassport card reader, since the service has not been launched in US (and Europe) yet.
We’ll make sure to keep you posted about this game as soon as we get more info. For now, just enjoy a short video, featuring on of the tracks of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.