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'Mario Kart 7' for 3DS Gets Steering Wheel: Awesome or Overkill?

Gaming 2011/10/26 13:00:00
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Woah, we're on seven already? The last time they used numbers in a "Mario Kart" game was "Mario Kart 64." The game was first announced in December of last year, and "video game peripheral" manufacturer Hori must have jumped on the announcement immediately, because they've already announced a steering wheel attachment that will be released around the same time.

Hori's steering wheel will envelop the entire 3DS console and make use of its accelerometer to handle steering. According to CVG, the device will actually "offer up the feeling" of a real steering wheel. We're not sure what that means -- weighted? hard-rubber grip? built-in airbag? -- but at $15 to $20, it's probably a little bit of an exaggeration.

There is a problem, though. Because the 3DS has a 3D display, it needs to be relatively stable to maintain visual integrity. Andriasang, the Japanese blog that appears to have leaked the pictures that are circulating, notes "you may want to turn 3D mode off" when you're using it. These things called "parallax barriers" get angry if you move them around a lot.



The 3DS has been out since March, and has gotten rave reviews as the first portable, goggle-less 3D gaming platform. Battery life aside, it looks to be a nearly flawless transition into 3D gaming. Take that, Virtual Boy.

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  • Phil 2011/10/31 10:18:38
    Overkill
    Phil
    They keep coming up with ways to make kids even lazier at even younger ages.
  • Fallen The Dark Angel 2011/10/28 21:09:52
    Awesome
    Fallen The Dark Angel
    +1
    awesome and alittle of an overkill but thats what you'd expect from nintendo
  • britt.katt 2011/10/28 01:28:30
    Overkill
    britt.katt
    The steering wheel would get really annoying and it sucks that the 3D has to be turned off just to use the damn thing!!
  • Ben 2011/10/27 15:51:56
    Overkill
    Ben
    You know, I had $20 just laying around. Thank God I found something to spend it on.
  • Sunrise.Ashes 2011/10/27 15:41:41
    Overkill
    Sunrise.Ashes
    +1
    I don't even use the Wii Wheel and the Wii controller is a lot more compatible with a plastic wheel than the 3DS. This seems silly and unnecessary, especially since the big selling point of this games is the 3D mode, which must be turned off for wheel use. Again, silly overkill.
  • Hukaatir 2011/10/27 12:20:25
    Awesome
    Hukaatir
    I want one!!
  • p18711 2011/10/27 10:07:51
    Awesome
    p18711
    had to make a choice so...let the mario 7 kart fans decide (could add more precision
  • TC 2011/10/27 08:12:41
    Overkill
    TC
  • DFA 2011/10/27 07:19:19
    Overkill
    DFA
  • Son Worshiper 2011/10/27 04:21:56
    Overkill
    Son Worshiper
    +1


    You don't need more than this. Everything that came after was overkill.
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2011/10/27 03:59:46
    Overkill
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    I think all of this obsession over video games and electronics is ridiculous. It's alright to have them, but it's stupid to always want the next best thing. You're wasting your money on that kind of stuff.
  • Kogafan... ~Hopele... 2011/10/28 12:48:27
    Kogafan9090
    +2
    I really disagree with you not that I'm trying to start an arguement
  • ~Hopele... Kogafan... 2011/10/29 05:44:08
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    How so??

    And this isn't an argument, we are just stating out opinions on the subject :)
  • BloodMist 2011/10/27 00:59:57
    Overkill
    BloodMist
    +1
    On something like the Wii, this works great.On a portable where your screen would be constantly moving around with this, not so much.But that's Hori for ya, they love overkill.
  • baileycornewell 2011/10/27 00:50:43
  • ♥Rawr♥ 2011/10/27 00:43:29
    Overkill
    ♥Rawr♥
    +2
    I dont think i can shove that into my pant pocket...
  • Skylaris Alanis 2011/10/27 00:38:42
    Overkill
    Skylaris Alanis
    +2
    guess i won't be able to fit my ds in my pocket anymore...
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2011/10/26 23:52:46
    Awesome
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
  • NickThe... ★~Docto... 2011/10/29 02:00:27
    NickTheAceBassist
    +1
    hey is that a cowboy hat matt smith is wearing in your profile pic... cowboy hats are cool
  • kassidy 2011/10/26 22:35:16
    Overkill
    kassidy
    +2
    Seems pointless to me.
  • NickTheAceBassist 2011/10/26 22:03:24
    Awesome
    NickTheAceBassist
    I've enjoyed the Mario Kart games regardless of steering controls, plus I've sucked at Mario Kart DS since i got Mario Kart Wii i keep trying to turn the DS to steer instead of using the D-Pad, this will help...
  • Aspect of B 2011/10/26 21:36:28
    Overkill
    Aspect of B
    +2
    Not overkill, just pointless. It's a freaking PORTABLE 3D GAMING SYSTEM. Why would I want to turn the 3D off just to spin my 3DS around 45 degrees to the left every couple seconds?
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2011/10/26 21:18:54
    Overkill
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    A BIT MUCH..
  • billycat98 2011/10/26 20:28:29
    Overkill
    billycat98
    +1
    i dont like the 3ds what about a regular ds
  • StevenM 2011/10/26 20:25:35
    Overkill
    StevenM
    +1
    unless your steering the car by moving the wheel like that of a car then yeah. other wise exsessive
  • brendan 2011/10/26 20:13:14
    Awesome
    brendan
    Very cool
  • Jessica 2011/10/26 20:11:41
    Awesome
    Jessica
    Well, It IS a little big, but I guess it would be useful.
  • *The Gentle Giant* 2011/10/26 19:52:18
    Awesome
    *The Gentle Giant*
    +1
    Until you crash and wonder why....
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2011/10/26 19:51:12
  • Lonna121593 2011/10/26 19:47:19
    Awesome
    Lonna121593
    i dont really care to be honest. i dont play video games
  • BraderzzCooper <3 2011/10/26 19:40:13
    Awesome
    BraderzzCooper <3
    I LOVE WHEELS XD
  • Chip 2011/10/26 19:19:58
    Overkill
    Chip
    +1
    Mario Kart 64 is the best there is. I think Nintendo has gone overboard here. It's like a hand-held Wii... They have those already... They're called smartphones.... Do something original.
  • BloodMist Chip 2011/10/27 01:04:04
    BloodMist
    Nintendo has nothing to do with this.
  • Chip BloodMist 2011/12/06 22:37:22
    Chip
    Really?... NINTENDO 3Ds. It's in the name. I think Nintendo has something to do with it
  • BloodMist Chip 2011/12/11 18:48:49
    BloodMist
    The accessory is Nyko...i have an unauthorized Gamecube memory card made by them.
  • Kriztin... Chip 2011/10/31 23:38:17
    Kriztina Espinosa
    True so with ya
  • Omni 2011/10/26 18:49:34
    Overkill
    Omni
    It would be a great accessory for the PSP Vita due to its 5 inch OLED screen, but the 3DS just cannot make proper use of it. A 3.5 inch LCD screen needs to be relatively close to the face for proper visual recognition, and with this steering wheel, that just isn't happening. Even worse, you can't use what the 3DS is, well, famous for. What's the point of getting Mario Kart 7 when you can't use the 3D feature? Mario Kart is pretty much the same for every generation, with some slight changes occurring with each sequel. A pretty lackluster addition imo. Hori should have saved this for the PSP Vita's racing games :/
  • BloodMist Omni 2011/10/27 01:07:24 (edited)
  • Omni BloodMist 2011/10/27 01:11:34
    Omni
    Ipod Video screen is 2.5 inches, and Ipod Touch screen is 3.5 inches. Difference is huge. And that's just an inch! As for PSP Vita hype, that's just my opinion. You don't have to agree with it. After all, this site is for opinions. You seem mad, mainly over your stupidity. I heard autistic kids sometimes beat themselves out of frustration too. God bless you BloodMist.
  • BloodMist Omni 2011/11/06 18:15:57 (edited)
    BloodMist
    Yeaaaah...you ignore those dual screens.That's double the width, as if that mattered.Who's autistic again?Bet you think the Uncharted games don't have the cheesiest stories of all time, too.And the gameplay is awesome because it's so simplistic.THAT is what you would call the typical idiocy of the modern gamer.

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