Mario Kart 7 on 3DS is getting a steering wheel peripheral. No, really

The Wii Wheel that came with Mario Kart Wii was weird. A plastic peripheral with your Wii-mote embedded into it, which you wrestled about in mid-air to steer your kart. But that sounds positively ordinary when compared to the news that Mario Kart 7 on 3DS is going to be getting a wheel peripheral too. Made by Hori and officially licensed.

Currently, it's only appeared as a listing on Amazon Japan, so a worldwide release is yet to be confirmed, but it's down for a December 1 release in the East. At first, there were no images, leaving us to fear it would be some tacky plastic tray in the shape of a steering wheel that your 3DS sits in. Hori has released some images of it. Erm...

Above: Well worth the ¥1,280 (£10.50) asking price?

OK, let's not be mean. In its favour, it will reportedly make the L and R triggers easier to reach with your fingers, which can only be a good thing. But quite how the 3D effect will cope with being swung around correcting powerslides and the like remains to be seen.

Because we definitely all still play with the 3D effect switched on. Oh yes.

Sources: Andriasang and CVG




  • ZeldaBob - October 27, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    First plays of Luigi’s Mansion 2 at MCMexpo this weekend! Can. Not. Wait. They’re also giving away a load of Zelda stuff like ocarina’s if you answer questions and can play other unreleased games like Mario kart 7 and Super Mario3D Land too… Check it at the Excel 28th- 30th -
  • R-ape - October 25, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    I lol'd.
  • Z-man427 - October 25, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    Um... Why?
  • D0CCON - October 25, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Are they going to make a version that fits the second analogue stick attachment to make the device look like an even bigger monstrosity? Not that it matters, I prefer dpads and analogue sticks to accelerometers for steering anyways, especially for a game I'll be playing on the road.
  • jackthemenace - October 25, 2011 11 a.m.

    "Because we definitely all still play with the 3D effect switched on. Oh yes." The entire reason behind the only way I'll ever buy a 3DS if the next Pokemon is 3DS exclusive. And, as much as I hate the Wii, in Nintendo's defence i found Mario Kart Wii impossible to play without that steering wheel -.- @CAPTCHA: No-one has a friggin' Omega key, so HOW the F*CK am i supposed to do Omega Squared!?
  • shawksta - October 25, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    Well considering the OPTIONAL Gyroscope controls, this was coming, which is also OPTIONAL, Just be happy it IS optional and not forced, im not getting it cause I dont really need it, im fine steering normally and steering the 3DS without it.
  • sirdilznik - October 25, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    People are going nuts over this as if it's required for the game or something. Just don't buy it, you can play the game just fine without this hunk of plastic, which is exactly what I'm going to do. Hori is banking on the fact that some stupid mothers will buy this for their kids, and they're probably right. It probably cost $0.50 to manufacture, including labor, so I'm sure they'll make plenty of money from it.
  • Spybreak8 - October 25, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    But how will that work with the other useless 2nd stick peripheral lol.
  • db1331 - October 25, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    I'm so glad I didn't cave and get a 3DS. This thing just gets even more ridiculous every week.
  • mockraven - October 25, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    I saw the pic on the gamesradar home page and thought "Aww, Justin played with photoshop again." How wrong I was. How wrong I was... It's real. Why? WHYYYYY?! So, how will this peripheral stack with the extended life battery and 2nd slider attachments? I'm getting this terrible image in my head of yet a 4th attachment that allows you to piggy-back all your other attachments simultaneously for the "ultimate gaming experience." Also, I too am curious how the steering's supposed to work with the 3D effect.
  • taokaka - October 25, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    WOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!! this blows the GTA5 reveal out of the water. WOOOOTT!!!!! I just came 4 times simultaneously. This is the greatest thing ever, I will preorder seven and paint them each a different colour of rainbow road. WOOOOOT!!!!!!!
  • DrFred79 - October 25, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    Facepalm I guess...
  • AFilthyIbis - October 25, 2011 2:57 a.m.

    Nintendo seems to have forgotten that the 3ds was supposed to be a portable gaming system.

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