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Member Name: sirg0508
Official Wii Wheel (Wii) - Wii Remote Not Included (Wii)
Advantages: Gives control, good quality, easier to use than no wheel
Disadvantages: Protruding B button
Having loved Mario Kart for DS, I wanted to get Mario Kart for the Wii so had to get a second wheel for the second remote so boyfriend and I could easily race each other. The Official Wii Wheel came with the game but also having the Amazon Basics Steering Wheel official licensed by Nintendo, it gives and easy comparison for both products and their performance even against not using a wheel at all.
The official Wii wheel is a complete wheel with the wide hole for the strap to hang through, the B button on the back and the sensor window at the side. The Wii remote fits snugly into the centre of the accessory. The remote can still be used normally by having the sensor facing the bar which I sometimes do to navigate the menu and then turned to the side for driving.
The Official Wheel is weighty compared to the Amazon Basics (AB) wheel but playing for long periods of time doesn't make my arms tired because it's easy enough to tuck your elbows into your side or have the wheel angled more than holding it up. The sensor picks up the signal well even at the side if your fingers are slightly covering it to be able to press the B button on the back. It's not quite a realistic as driving a real car mainly because the wheel is pretty small and your hands can't be at the 10 and 2 position - I tend to hold it more at 4 and 8 and even 2 and 8. Just having the wheel without any support for it makes it a very different experience too but it doesn't take a lot of practice to get used to it.
The wheel itself doesn't have a lot of grip with the smooth plastic but it doesn't really affect game play. My fingers can easily grip around the wheel and having the centre section rests the wheel on your fingers for good control. The only part of the wheel I'm not so keen on is the B button at the back because it protrudes from the wheel and only takes the lightest touch to activate it during the game - for this it's a positive thing though because you're not having to stretch your finger to hit it. From the menu, B is always the cancel/back button so pretty much every time I've put the wheel on the floor before playing another track it's taken me back in the menu. Not a huge problem and actually compared to the AB wheel the B button is actually a benefit because it doesn't pop the controller out of the accessory while playing.
When playing the 50cc rounds on Mario Kart the wheel helps you glide through the circuits easily with good control but upping it to 100cc and 150cc I always find I'm turning the wheel 180-270 degrees back and forth to keep control. This is the same with both of the wheels but I don't tend to do it as much without the accessories. The wheel can be used with other games but we've not got any at the moment we can use it with.
Price wise, I would recommend shopping around to find the best price for the Official Controller because I do prefer it to the Amazon Basics wheel which is currently priced at just under £10. It's not a necessity so to get your moneys worth I'd only want to pay £5-£10 for the Official Wheel. The Official Wheel is a lot better quality and although the B button is a downside it does become one of the positives when comparing it to the AB wheel and having no wheel at all. If you did need to buy a second wheel I'd recommend this over the AB.
Summary: Official Wii Wheel giving good control on driving games
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