“ Hama Racing Wheel "Racing Wiil Pro" for Nintendo Wii - Wheel - Nintendo Wii - white „
My mother-in-law didn't think we had a steering wheel for the Wii so she purchased this one for us. It is similar to the official Wii wheel except that this one is on a sort of stand, much like a steering column with some type of black tribal designs on it. The Hama steering wheel for the Wii is white so it matches in with the other Wii accessories a little bit but it has a black design on the centre and side columns. There are also some spikey style bits of plastic which are moulded on to the sides. It gives a funky look to it though it does look a bit out of place with the other accessories. It is made of solid white plastic and seems quite hard and durable. It is fairly heavy but seeing as this is not a hand held wheel this doesn't make much difference. On the base of the racing wheel there are 3 suction caps so that you can position it on a table or something else and keep it secure whilst using it though we did try this and found it very difficult to use it. You fit your Wii remote into the steering wheel in the same way that you do with the official Nintendo ones. This steering wheel is slightly different in that it has a true racing car design - it has a gap at the top instead of the wheel being fully rounded. Personally, I found this racing wheel very awkward to use. The task of getting the Wii remote into the designated gap was a challenge as the gap just didn't seem wide enough. In the end I had to get a file and file the sides down a little bit so that the Wii remote would fit into it. The next problem was sensitivity. Once the Wii remote was in the racing wheel we couldn't get it to communicate with the Wii whatsoever. We had to take it out to get the start menu to come up. Once we placed the Wii remote back into the racing wheel and started to play Mario Kart we found that the wheel was really hard to turn in that it seemed really stiff. It was also awkward in that it has a steering column. We placed the column between our legs after finding that putting it on a table was uncomfortable. This position was not any better. In the end we gave up with the racing wheel and reverted back to the official Nintendo steering wheel. Unfortunately this one just doesn't do its job and just isn't worth it. I would have been gutted if we had paid for this ourselves. Not recommended by me I'm afraid.
This is actually a good substitute for the wii wheel. Whereas the Wii wheel seemed ever so slightly lacking in terms of ease though, this appears to make up. The fact is rests on a plinth of sorts ensures that you have a greater sense of grounding when turning the wheel. There still remains the slight problem of having to insert the Wii controller, which can be slightly annoying when you are starting the game, but apart from that it represents an improvement compared to the wheel. I think there is still a slight problem with the sensitivity I felt in the aformentioned other wheel, but overall I'd say it does provide a better driving and gameplay experience. As usual with these sorts of devices for the Wii, the real test is how much you find yourself being reminded that it's a bit of plastic in your hands, and by that measure it scores highly.