“ Manufacturer: AmazonBasics / Type: Steering Wheel - Nintendo Wii „
The Amazon Basics (AB) Steering Wheel was bought as a secondary wheel for Mario Kart on the Wii and there is a big difference in both performance and the aesthetics of the product so you do end up holding it differently than the Official Wii wheel (OW).
The product is basically an incomplete steering wheel with the top and bottom portions of the wheel missing. The Wii remote slots into the centre with a large hole for the strap to hang through and there's the sensor window on the left. Unlike the Official wheel, there's also a hole for the B button which is used during game play. The remote can easily be used as normal with it facing the sensor bar and still picks up the signal well when rotated to drive. I find my left hand covers the window a little more than the OW but it hasn't affected performance.
There are quite a few differences in the wheels. Firstly the AB wheel is far lighter which some may prefer if playing for long periods although I can't say my arms really got tired with the OW. It's made of a thick plastic and it is hard to bend even slightly with some force so it is a durable product. The wheel offers a little grip with a honeycomb design on each side but again I didn't really find the lack of grip on the OW to be any problem. The stubs of the wheel are a little more angled compared to the OW which I find can give stability while playing as I can have my index finger there but I generally have to wrap some of my fingers around the bottom stub to be able to accelerate by pressing 2. This leaves my pinkies hanging off the end so I don't feel as in control.
Even though the accessory doesn't have a protruding B button but uses the B button on the remote is a positive in that if I put it on the floor it's not going to skip back through the menu like it does on the OW, the remote just doesn't sit snugly enough in the accessory that it won't pop out if I'm being a bit over zealous pressing it. This really affects playing the game if having to push the remote back into the accessory to be able to play it. This really changed my opinion of the product because I was happy with it before kept popping out but I then felt very conscious of what I was doing and trying to keep the remote in there while pressing it. The way the B button is designed on the Wii remote isn't ideal for this accessory either because you have to stretch your finger further to be able to press the B button at its widest part.
As an AB product it comes delivered with little packaging - just a little cardboard box and in a plastic bag with a little sheet of card giving little information on the product. The wheel is priced at just under £10 on Amazon which I think is far too much for what you're getting. The OW can be found for around half that price if shopping around and is a lot better quality giving far better performance. I would recommend buying a wheel though if there is more than one player because it does give a more authentic feeling to the game than just holding the remote itself but I wouldn't buy this one.