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Hori's Mario Kart 7 3DS Wheel Is UK-Bound

Posted by James Newton

Plastic fantastic?

Mario Kart 7 launches in Europe this Friday, hoping to emulate the storming sales success of Mario Kart Wii, with a peripheral to match.

Hori's Mario Kart 7 steering wheel will be available across the country in December. Essentially it works along the same lines as the Wii Wheel: clip your 3DS console into place, activate the game's first person view and steer by tilting your console. As you'll know from reading our Mario Kart 7 review, the first person view works reasonably well, but can a plastic wheel add much to the experience?

No prices on the wheel yet but we expect it to come in around the £7.99/€9.99 mark.

Mario Kart 7 players can also 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 and will be available in all good UK game stockists from December 2011.

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User Comments (24)

BenAV

#3

BenAV said:

In my opinion, this is even more stupid than the Wii Wheel.
Oh well... Anything to make a quick buck I guess.

NX01Trekkie1992

#4

NX01Trekkie1992 said:

Wii wheel was fine, this is pointless and useless, first off, gyro steering will mess with the 3D, second off, incompatible with the CPP

biddenden_sue

#5

biddenden_sue said:

But if you use the wheel to tilt your 3DS, the screen will be tilting to and fro. I couldn't handle that. At least with the wii wheel, the screen didn't move...I'm getting Mario Kart 7, but this peripheral I can live without!

SLiM

#6

SLiM said:

Yeah I agree. Using the whole 3DS unit as a steering wheel seems difficult with the screen swaying back and forth.

Linkuini

#7

Linkuini said:

If you remember the trailer, though, the angle of the screen changed as the player steered during first-person mode. Assuming it works, the player should be able to see the action at the same angle even as they turn the system. I plan to try it out at least once, personally.

Gavin_Rozee

#8

Gavin_Rozee said:

I want to get one just to try it out and to say I've got it (It's cheap afterall), but can't find anywhere online selling it.

BulbasaurusRex

#9

BulbasaurusRex said:

@4 Mario Kart 7 isn't compatable with the Circle Pad Pro, and why would any racing game that uses gyroscopic steering ever need it?

Teh-Ray

#12

Teh-Ray said:

To be honest, even though I hated the Wii Wheel, I was really hoping this was also going to be packaged in with this game, like Mario Kart Wii.

Can't hurt to try after all, right? I'll probably be getting it when I have money to burn, and then it'd just go displayed on my wall with my other Wii Wheel.

Ichabod

#13

Ichabod said:

The thing I don't understand is that it's such a small amount of exterior plastic to add to the 3DS. Why not just without and save your money?

JeanLuc_Vaycard

#15

JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

This looks so fricken stupid. How can anyone be excited for this garbage? Sorry but i swear some people will buy anything, especially if its backed by first party titles.

GameLord08

#17

GameLord08 said:

Ugh. I find that wheel unbecoming.

/me places the 3DS on her steering wheel while navigating the freeway.

Reggie4Life

#18

Reggie4Life said:

@9 She meant she wants it on while playing, you know, just keeping it on there so she doesn't lose it or for convenience's sake.

Bigrat

#20

Bigrat said:

this doesnt look very good. It would be easier just to use the. I seams like the wheel would just make it harder because your fingers are farther away from the buttons
@19 yes, this is for the small kids who dot know much. though I do think it would be interesting to try, but I don't want to buy it.

StarDust4Ever

#23

StarDust4Ever said:

Is this really necessary? I'd like to see somebody try using this accessory with the 3D feature turned on... :P

Nintendo3DSLife

#24

Nintendo3DSLife said:

um ok yes just like da wii but i bet the UK is havn dat becauze the game haz gyro sensor mode so it will be cool to have it.its like a 3ds is a wii or 3DWii lol XD.

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