To enhance the gaming experience of Nintendo Switch racing games, it helps to have a steering wheel controller. Not only do they look neat, they enhance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gameplay with great grips to help you steer ahead of the competition. Here are the best Switch steering wheel controllers that can give you an edge.
If you want a more immersive driving experience, you really ought to check out this sweet racing set. It comes with a large Mario-themed racing wheel and also includes foot pedals. It's a lot larger than many of the other steering wheel controllers out there, so it provides a more comfortable racing experience for adults and children alike. The officially licensed controller also features an item button in the center, making it easier to mess with your opponents and power your car up.
Go a little more professional with this larger Hori racing wheel, the Pro Deluxe. Not only is it bigger, but it also has a textured material where your hands would go for a better grip and a little more convenient button placement. The stand has suction cups on the bottom to prevent sliding and, just like the mini, also comes with pedals so you can set up your own in-home car station.
This is the counterpart to the official Mario steering wheel and a great option for Luigi fans. The rubber grips give you have more control while playing. This steering wheel is a bit bigger than other steering wheel options, so it's ideal for teenagers and adults. Small hands could have problems reaching the buttons.
It's-a me, Mario!
Nintendo's official Mario steering wheel features the colors and icon of your favorite plumber. The grips are made of rubber, making it more comfortable and stable than other options. This is likely a better choice for a teenager or adult gamer since the wheel is a bit larger. It might be difficult for small hands to reach the buttons while holding the wheel.
Grips and wheels
Looking for a better way to hold your Joy-Cons when playing more than just Mario Kart? This set comes with handy controller grips with an ergonomic design. Plus, they have that cute Animal Crossing blue and green coloring, and more colors are also available.
This two-pack is compatible with Joy-Cons with medium-sized wheels that should be comfortable for adults and kids. Extended shoulder buttons make them more comfortable, while the ergonomic design will bring more precision to your steering.
Play with a partner with these wheels that match the red and blue Joy-Cons, which feature ergonomic grips to keep your hands from getting tired during long sessions. They're small enough for kids and come with a one-year warranty in case anything goes wrong.
This two-pack matches the red and blue Joy-Cons and is designed for kids under 10. They're made from a resin that will keep them from getting damaged easily if dropped while maintaining a clean appearance free of fingerprint smudges. They utilize rubber pads to protect the Joy-Con and a comfortable grip for long games.
This four-pack is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to play with a group. Each steering wheel shows the Joy-Con battery life via the LED lights, so you'll have a heads up if your battery is getting low. We also love the unique design. To remove your Joy-Con, simply push it out using the hole on the backside of the device.
For that racing edge
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We've spent hours looking over the best steering wheels on the market. Some of the biggest things we consider are price, convenience, and special features. We're always interested in new Switch games and accessories, so we'll keep an eye out for any new steering wheel controllers to add to this list.
For intense Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fans, we recommend the Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Mini. The steering wheel is larger than many others out there, and it comes with foot pedals for a more immersive racing experience. Or, if you want to take it a step further, you could get the Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe for better grip, button placement, and stability with suction cups.
If that's a little too expensive, you should consider the Mario and Luigi controllers. If you plan on playing with a decent group of people, we recommend the Orzly Four-Pack so multiple people can play at once. Whatever you go with, these steering wheels should provide a big improvement over the standard Joy-Cons.
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