Today at Bandai Namco Entertainment’s new VR arcade, VR ZONE SHINJUKU, we were able to try out all of their anime related games—including one that had Goku teaching us Dragon Ball’s most famous move.
In Dragon Ball VR: Master the Kamehameha, up to four players are taught how to use the kamehameha. You begin by putting on special shoes and hand sensors so the game will be able to track your body movement (along with a belt and tether to make sure you don’t walk into any walls). Then comes the HTC Vive and headphones. After everyone is ready, you appear in the World Martial Arts Tournament stadium to begin your training.
Each player has a different master to oversee them: Goku, Krillin, Vegeta, or Piccolo. You begin by throwing normal little (and highly inaccurate) chi balls at targets. After a few seconds of this, you get down to the nitty-gritty of throwing a kamehameha.
Step 1: Spread your legs wide and squat a bit to power up.
Step 2: When the charge is ready, put your arms straight out in front of you, wrists touching.
Step 3: Keeping your wrists together, slowly move your hands back to just behind your right hip.
Step 4: Yell “KA-ME-HA-ME-HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!” as loud as you can. (…In hindsight, this may have been optional.)
Step 5: Wrists still together, quickly push your hands back out in front of you and toward the target you want to hit.
If you do anything wrong, the blast won’t work properly—it will fizzle out along with your charged up power.
After practicing a few times, you and the other three players will teleport to your typical Dragon Ball wasteland and throw kamehamehas at each other. Should you get hit, you will be treated to a black screen for several seconds before coming back into the game.
If you have visited the gift shop beforehand and purchased a senzu bean bag, you can restore yourself using one (though it does not bring you back any faster than if you don’t have any beans.)
You’re also able to hear the other three players through your headset—and when you hear one of them scream “kamehameha” at the top of their lungs, it’s easy to forget that you’re actually in a crowded arcade and scream back in kind. I know I did.
As silly as it may sound, playing this VR game was kinda the fulfillment of a childhood dream that I didn’t know I had. If you, like me, ever played around with your friends, pretending to shoot kamehamehas at each other, this does feel like you’re doing the real thing. So, if you’re willing to throw away your inhibitions, Dragon Ball VR: Master the Kamehameha is a real blast (pun very much intended).
Dragon Ball VR: Master the Kamehameha and many other VR games can be played at VR ZONE SHINJUKU in Tokyo. For more information, check out the official website. VR ZONE SHINJUKU will open for business on July 14, 2017. Tickets are on sale now.
In addition to VR ZONE SHINJUKU, a second location, VR ZONE LONDON, has been announced. However, the VR game lineup is currently undetermined.