When playing Mario 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch, there might be times when you want to play with someone else, however, you only have the standard joy cons available to use.
Now, from playing with just the joy cons between 2 of us in split screen, I can say how uncomfortable they were to play with, it didn’t take long for my hands to start to cramp up and the ZL and ZR buttons to become awkward to use. I think this is partially down to the size of a person’s hands, I have rather large hands, whereas my wife has tiny mouse hands and she found the joy cons quite comfortable to use, but awkward after a while.
This is where the racing wheels come into play for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I was out having a little perusal of the gaming section in my local supermarket, looking at Nintendo section I noticed these Vemon racing wheels, and my family being keen Mario Kart players, I thought £12 for 2 wheels, you can’t go wrong. Hopefully, they will make the experience a lot more enjoyable.
I had a pro controller with me, so the 2 joy cons could slip into the wheels and this allowed for my mum, myself and my wife to enjoy an evening of Mario Kart. First impressions of the wheels when I took them out of the box was that they were a nice size and lightweight, which was good as I didn’t want anything that was going to be too heavy while I was holding this for the races. Especially as we ended up playing every track available (I think my mum was getting a bit competitive as she kept asking for the next lot lol!)
I will be honest though, I didn’t expect much from the wheels, especially something that was going to be as simple as this, but I was quite surprised by them, the bumpers on the back were an added bonus, they were a good size as well as very responsive. This for me is an excellent design choice and has been well utilised.
The joy cons were also very easy to fit into the wheels, slot the back part down first, push on the front and bobs your uncle. Ready to go. The joy cons aren’t going to fall out either, there nicely placed in the wheels but not to snug that it becomes a crystal maze quest to get them out again.
Another box that was ticked for me was the comfort factor. The wheels made the joy cons feel a lot larger and for my big ham hands, it was a joy to play with and I will be using them a lot while playing Mario Kart 8.
The wheels although lightweight feel sturdy and quite reinforced, and I can imagine these being good with little kids playing around with them and getting a little rough. I don’t think these would break too easy, although I’m not one to try and find out.
Overall, a very good set of wheels, especially for playing Mario Kart 8 on Switch, they’re sturdy, comfortable to use and all round a good buy to get those multiplayer races going.