The Switch Wheel Accessory is Not a Worthy Successor

The Switch Wheel Accessory is Not a Worthy Successor

When Mario Kart Wii released in 2008 it came bundled with a steering wheel shaped accessory known as the Wii Wheel. Most people threw it aside in favor of a more conventional control setup, while most level-minded opted for a GameCube controller. However there were a few, myself included, that dared to embrace Nintendo's latest gimmicky plastic toy. 

The Wii Wheel was glorious, and I played Mario Kart Wii exclusively using motion controls paired with the add-on. In fact, I boasted a pretty online rank with a gold steering wheel emblem to match (Mario Kart online fans will know what that means).  

Luckily, the Wii Wheel still had a place when Mario Kart 8 released on Wii U in 2014, as the Wii U accepted the Wii Remote (as well as just about every other Nintendo control option). Making the jump from Wii to Wii U was easy with my trustee Wii Wheel in hand.  

Unfortunately things didn't last, as the release of the Switch ushered in a new Wii-less Nintendo that replaced Wii Remotes with Joy-Cons. To satiate the few that require a Wii Wheel to enjoy Mario Kart, Nintendo created the Joy-Con Wheel Accessory for the Switch for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe players, and uhh.., it looks like this. 

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This thing is bad. Yes, I have slightly larger than normal hands, but I can fit the entrie wheel in the palm of one hand. The Joy-Con Wheel is also made to use either left or right Joy-Con leaving neither to fit just right.

Aside from that, the Joy-Cons just lack the total sturdiness felt from a Wii Remote. Attached to a Switch they're fine, but on their own they're practically unusable for adult-sized hands. The Joy-Con Wheel does not fix the fact that the Joy-Cons are just not an acceptable control setup alone. When shared with a friend out and about, the Joy-Cons do just fine. But I cannot justify using them like this when I'm at home connected to the big screen, especially not when I could be using the wonderful Switch Pro Controller. 

So for now I play Mario Kart like a plebeian, with motion controls off and a standard controller in hand. Perhaps one day Nintendo will address this concern for players like myself, though I'm doubtful as motion controls are generally frowned upon. At least the Switch Pro Controller is kick-ass. I really love that thing. 

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