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Mario Kart 7 Wheel (Nintendo 3DS)
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- Platform: Nintendo 3DS
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Accessory
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Mario Kart 7 players can purchase an official Mario Kart 7 Wheel accessory for use on their Nintendo 3DS system. The official Mario Kart Wheel is sold separately to the game.The wheel attachment fits snugly around the 3DS, allowing players extra grip for the game's tilt-sensing gyroscopic controls. Mario Kart 7's arm-swerving control method is optional and sees gameplay transferred into first-person view. It's a control pad-free alternative similar to the Wii Wheel add-on for Mario Kart Wii.
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The most important part of the design for me are the bits that stick out at the bottom, the "legs" as I will call them. These legs actually give the last three fingers (those other than your index finger and thumb) on each hand something to hold on to, and prevent the corners of the device sticking into your palms. It totally removes the pain issue as well as the possibility of getting pins and needles - at least in my use.
The shoulder triggers are a nice bonus, and have almost as much movement as the standard triggers - definitely no more movement than the standard as they simply press the standard triggers down mechanically. They are hinged towards the middle of the unit which means they feel more responsive towards where your fingers are (see photos). They have a different feel and size, which can take a small amount of getting used to.
The circumference of the unit is good. All in all the wheel a couple of cm less wide compared to the Wii wheel (see photos). The thickness of the grip itself is slightly fatter than the Wii wheel. The curve of the grip is rounded on the back side of the wheel, and flat on the front.
You put the 3DS into the wheel shoulder buttons first, and there is some soft rubber to make the unit fit perfectly just above the legs. All in all, it's excellent. Everything you would expect from an officially licenced peripheral, and up to Hori's high standards.
One last thought: I think this makes the game feel more like a home console game rather than a handheld, which is great.
My son will not remove the wheel from the 3DS. He uses it for all his game play of any game and creative projects.
Having held the wheel I can understand why. It does not add any noticable weight or bulk but makes the 3DS more tactile and a pleasure to hold. I have since picked up his standard DS lite which felt less comfortable to hold and a less relaxing experince without the wheel. (Which will not fit the DS lite)
In short, its a brilliant addition and everybody who has picked it up shares this observation.
The 3DS is held onto the wheel purely by four rubber mounts at each corner of the housing into the wheel and removing it takes but a second. Saying that, there is no suggestion that it would EVER fall out of the wheel. I recommend you buy one today.
so you can use it when you play other games on the 3DS also.
its better ergonomically..there are shoulder buttons on the top side of the wheel.
yes this is fun to have when playing mk7 but more importantly its much better for your hands - you don't get hand cramps/strain.
But Mario Kart is not all it's good for. I've got quite big paws, and the 3DS is rather petite with hard edges and corners which dig into and irritate my hands. All too often I'd find myself knocking the shoulder buttons by mistake. The wheel makes it much more comfortable to hold the 3DS for extended periods while playing other games, and keeps the edges of my fingers away from the shoulder buttons.
Of course, I could have bought a 3DS XL, but that's significantly more expensive and still has the hard edges and corners. This product is an ideal compromise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 10 y old boy seems to enjoy it . Good quality ,solid . I will recommend it.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very useful accessory for people who like playing Mario Kart from a first person point of view. It is combined with the 3DS' gyroscope and provides a more authentic first person... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2015 by gortsi
Good product, But wrong size for me, whoops, I ordered for a 3ds XL but this is for a 3dsPublished on 31 Dec. 2014 by T. Kirk