Mario Kart Wii was designed to be the most accessible Mario Kart. The power-ups are plentiful, the rubber-banding is obvious, and the controls were simple. Part of that design was the Wii Wheel. It wasn’t the first time a racing game used a plastic add-on for the Wii controller, but it caught on much better than Ubisoft’s odd cel-shaded experiment.
In an apparent attempt to replicate the success of the Wii version, the 3DS’s Mario Kart will also have a complementary wheel. The wheel will be manufactured by Hori and will cost ¥1,280. In the US, that would be approximately $16. It will release the same day as Mario Kart 7 in Japan, December 1. We don’t know when it will launch or what it will cost for everyone else, but it will probably be similar to the Japanese launch.
So, fanatics, what do you think? Are they trying too hard? For those purchasing Mario Kart 7, will you think about this? Let us know what you think below.
Jeff represents the one of newest generations of gaming journalist; the generation that began gaming during the era of Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox, and, just to cover all the bases, Dreamcast. Despite being relatively new in the industry, he is just as passionate as someone who first picked up a controller thirty years ago, sometime before he was even born. Comics interest him, troll dolls confuse him, and the sun from Super Mario Bros. 3 haunts him.