Oh, Nintendo. You beautiful, crazy beast. From B.O.B. and the Power Glove right up to the Wii Balance Board and the 3DS Slider Pad, Ninty has been known for their bullish approach to peripherals.
Obviously, some work spectacularly well (Balance Board) while some become persistent jokes (Power Glove). We fear for the fate of the clip-around 3DS Slider Pad with it’s extra analogue control and bulky appearance. We’ve got a new peripheral to fear now though: the Mario Kart 7 Wheel.
Made by fight stick veterans, Hori, and released as an official Nintendo product, you can be sure that the quality will be there. It’s just the application we worry about.
As you can see, the 3DS clips into it so you can use it with the game’s gyro controls and first person viewpoint. I suppose it could potentially be a bit of fun, as long as you’re not also trying to keep your eyes focussed on the 3D images – turn that slider down to off before tilting…
Nintendo has yet to confirm a worldwide release for this but it comes out in Japan on December 1st. Hopefully we’ll get it too, we don’t have enough clip on plastic for our Nintendo equipment.