Wii Racing Wheel (GameStop)
I recently purchased this wheel after realizing that when playing Mario Kart one wheel is not enough. I decided to buy this one because truthfully I couldn’t find the same wheel that came with Mario Kart so this was the only choice I had. But after purchasing this product I realized that it was even better than the official Nintendo wheel. This wheel was a lot more comfortable and easier to use. Unlike the original wheel it is thin, light and all around more comfortable. It seems to be a lot less bulky and easier to hold due to the comfortable shape and the plastic grips. And as long as you don’t throw it around, smash it into walls, or drop it repeatedly it will last a long time. The Wii Remote also fits perfectly into the wheel and comes out easily when needed. The only minor flaw is that instead of a trigger in the back where the B button like in the Nintendo wheel is there is a gap in the plastic so you can press the B button making it a tiny bit troublesome. This flaw in some cases can actually be an advantage. For example having a gap in the plastic allows you to easily push the Wii remote out of the wheel. Being cheaper than the Nintendo wheel and being more comfortable all around this wheel is defiantly the better choice.
I recently bought the Mario Cart Wii game and soon found myself back at Gamestop looking for another wheel. I chose this one rather than the original Wii Wheel because it was cheaper. As is usually the case, I got what I paid for. This wheel is a pile. It feels very cheaply made and is awkward to use. The placement of the wii remote is right smack in the center, rather than closer to the top like on the original Wii Wheel, which leaves nowhere to put your hands. Very uncomfortable. On the Wii Wheel, there is an added on "B" button which you sort of pull towards you, which makes the B button much easier to use. On this wheel, there is only a hole in the back (which you cannot see in the packaging) for the B trigger to poke out. If you took your Wii remote and held it so that the sensor was facing your left hand and tried to push the B button, that is exactly how it is. There is a small hole (a square, actually) on the other end for the wrist strap/clasp to pull through. It is very small, though, and just barely fits the clasp. You have to position it correctly or the strap will not pull through. Also, on the original Wii Wheel, there are little rubber bumpers on the inside where the remote goes, so that the remote is not scratched or whatnot while you are pushing in the remote. This wheel has nothing. I am almost scared to put my remote in this wheel; the place where the remote is suppose to live is so tight that I am afraid that eventually my remote will be damaged in some way by this wheel. So, all in all, if you really don't care, then go for it. But I would highly suggest spending the extra five bucks to get a wheel that actually addes to the enjoyability of the game. This wheel was very disappointing and I would not feel any remorse in dumping it, exept in the fact that I bought it in the first place.
Waste of money
I tried this "wheel" if you would even call it that, considering it's a cheap rip off of the official nintendo wii wheel. It's not even fully round, it's not durable either, it is more prone to cracks, breaking in half and what not compared to the official wheel which seems almost indestructible with my experiments. (lots of pulling, yanking, tossing, dropping, throwing across room) The main drawback of this wheel is not its poor structure which is easily breakable, but the fact that the trigger button found on the official nintendo wheel, is gone, instead gamestop just cheaply removed an entire portion of the wheel so that the wiimote's B button (i call it the trigger button) is what you press for racing games like mario kart wii. Simply put if you're buying this wheel for mario kart wii it's not worth it, it's better to pay * dollars extra for the simple functionality of that trigger (b button), because this wheel doesn't have a button instead your fingers get stuck around the grip so it's almost impossible to hit the b button, you have to let go of the wheel with your left hand and manually hit the button instead of just keeping both hands on the wheel and freely pressing the B button with no discomfort like the official Nintendo wheel. I even tested it with different hand types, ranging from small to huge, and no hand was big enough to alleviate the cheaply designed B button function that this wheel lacks.