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on July 13, 2014
I didn't buy this grip for Mario Kart, though it excels in that purpose - I bought it for Super Smash Bros. at the recommendation of Smashboards, and I haven't regretted it.

The gap in the bottom makes this grip equally suitable as a racing wheel and an ordinary controller. Though the game I originally bought it for is not out yet, it's proven itself under stress in games like Street Fighter IV. The grip is very comfortable and the larger L/R buttons make some of the more awkward commands very simple.

Another point of appeal is that it's fairly compact. If an unaccessorized 3DS fits very comfortably in your pocket, this is an option of you want to maintain portability.

In short, if you're a hardcore gamer on a budget, this is an ideal option.
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on April 4, 2012
I was looking for a grip accessory for 3DS that would make playing Kid Icarus: Uprising (hereafter Uprising) more comfortable. (Again, I didn't buy this for Mario Kart 7, although I think this would work great with that game, too.)
As I haven't tried other popular grips, this review doesn't include any comparisons.

So, here's what I felt about Hori 3DS Wheel for the said game (and others).

The peculiar control scheme of Uprising simply doesn't allow a comfortable and extensive gameplay.
While the Wheel does alleviate the pain in your left hand to some extent, it's not perfect.

1. As many other reviewers have noted, the shoulder buttons are much better than the ones on 3DS itself,
mostly because they are much bigger.

2. I also like the way the product is designed to hold 3DS.
It's similar to the Circle Pad Pro. There's no 'clicking' but the hold is firm,
and therefore no danger of breaking the often fragile connecting part of the peripheral or of scratching 3DS.

3. The lower part of the Wheel's curve was useful when playing DS games that are better suited for D-pad.

4. In cases of certain games that have to be played with the stylus for the most part
and require some tough and nimble controls (just like Uprising),
the Wheel's grip (i.e., the handle part) is a little bit small to be comfortable.

Yes, it's certainly better than the not-at-all-ergonomic design of the stock 3DS.
Nevertheless, your left hand that has to solely support the weight of 3DS (and at the same time
continuously press L trigger in the case of Uprising)
and the hand still feels a bit 'cramped' after a while
because the diameter of the handle part is simply not big enough.

Imagine you're holding the steering wheel of a real car.
When grabbing it, four of your fingers can go all the way around the wheel and meet your thumb.
This is impossible with the Hori Wheel.
Of course it should be impossible, because there's always be 3DS itself between the thumb and the other fingers.
Yet, the other four fingers meet the bottom of the Wheel BEFORE you grab on it completely
(in other words, there still remains some space between the center part of your palm and the Wheel,
which causes the unnecessary tension in your hands, the exact tension that people try to avoid
by buying this kind of grip accessories).
FYI, I'm a guy and about 5'7" tall, and my hands are not too big nor too small for that height,
and I'm pretty sure many of the adult, male customers willing to buy this kind of grips
would have even bigger hands.

So, the verdict:

The Wheel is well constructed, just like other products from Hori.
Overall, it's smoothly designed, and seems quite durable as there aren't any thin parts that might break.
(This durability will, I think, appeal to parents who want to buy this for their little kids.)
Yet, considering that hand grip accessories for 3DS are most of all made to make
prolonged gameplays comfortable, I wonder why there's not a single manufacturer
who just makes it bigger. I mean, no matter how big or small the peripheral may be,
it won't fit any containers designed for the original size anyways.

For Kid Icarus: Uprising, the Wheel is better than the stock 3DS,
but don't expect that your pain will go away completely.

The Wheel is not expensive, so although it's not perfect, I don't regret the purchase.
I guess I should rather blame the control scheme of Uprising, not this product.
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on October 23, 2014
If you're buying it for SUPER SMASH BROTHERS it's a pretty decent controller grip, for the regular-sized 3DS. It makes smashing a lot easier, but I'm gonna warn you, if you go hard on those shoulder buttons, they'll get stuck, and never get un-stuck. Dis-assembly is a major pain too, it's likely you'll break the thing trying to fix it, since there's a plastic tab in the exact middle that holds the unit together so tightly, it's likely you'll break it trying to separate the two halves.

Since this'll be my second controller, we'll see how that goes. My fingers are crossed, but honestly, if you're feeling challenged playing Smash Brothers because of the size of your 3DS like I am, you might be up the creek without a paddle.
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on January 5, 2018
Quick delivery, but did not fit the 3DS so was unable to use it.
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on February 23, 2013
I bought this accessory after my friends recommended it to me while we were playing Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS. With just the 3DS, my hands would start to cramp up. After purchasing this though, I noticed my hands didn't cramp up at all. Now I use it for every game I play. It is a must have for those who play their games a lot.

Pros: Allows you to play games longer without your hands cramping up.

Cons: It will not fit in your pocket for gaming on the go--a minor gripe since I only use it either at home or pack it when I go on longer trips.

One thing to note: I purchased mine just before Christmas and they didn't ship it until after New Year's. It could have been because of the holidays, but I'm letting anyone who reas this review know just in case it happens to you, too.
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on February 1, 2017
Had to return doesnt fit the new 3ds game model. Too bad my son was so sad when he realized it was for the original 3ds
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on November 26, 2015
Comfortable for handling this model of 3DS at all times; except when carrying it in your poket.
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on June 9, 2017
Grand Daughter loves it
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on July 11, 2012
The nintendo is EXTREMELY fun. The wheel however is not really needed. I only used it once, but I thought you could use the wheel to steer but you cant or maybe I dont know how to do it yet. I bought it for my 7 year olds birthday. Maybe he can figure it out.
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on January 18, 2017
As described.
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