It’s time to rev those engines, shift those gears and throw a blue shell as we check out the best Nintendo Switch Steering Wheel Controllers!
Ever since Nintendo’s Wii popularised motion controls on Nintendo’s console, and bundled plastic Wii Remote attachments with games such as Mario Kart Wii, which you’ll find on our best racing games on Nintendo Wii list, there’s been no shortage of steering wheel accessories available for Nintendo consoles.
The Switch is no different and with it playing host to one of the very best Mario Kart games (you’ll find Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sat comfortably near the top of our best Nintendo Switch games list), a steering wheel may well be a useful, perhaps even essential, accessory for many players.
With so many to choose from and plenty of differences in the features and price points of those on offer though, which are the best?
Let’s find out, as we check out the eight best Nintendo Switch Steering Wheel Controllers!
Though far from the best steering wheel from a technical perspective – to say the least – this more budget-friendly Numskull Joy-Con Wheel Table Mount is a sort of hybrid between the cheap plastic, handheld Joy-Con holders (which seem to dominate Switch accessory pages online) and the more serious, costly, genuinely impressive steering wheels that are available for the Switch.
Attaching to a desk or table via strong suction cups, just inserting Joy-Cons into this device turns it into a pretty convincing substitute for a steering wheel.
And it does so without breaking the bank either.
However, do be warned that – as it’s just an attachment – you can only use it to play games that support Joy-Con motion control.
That means that it will be suitable for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Star Wars Racer (among others), but unfortunately not games such as Team Sonic Racing or the excellent 90s racing game homage, Horizon Chase Turbo.
Just look at this beautiful steering wheel! On looks alone, the HORI Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Mini was an easy choice for the best Nintendo Switch Steering Wheel Controllers list!
Comfortably mid-range in terms of price, this is a beautifully designed steering wheel that’ll make you feel as if you’re sat in the Mario’s Kart during your Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sessions!
Coming complete with pedals, paddles on the rear of the wheel and a massive Mario-themed item button right in the centre, this aesthetically pleasing steering wheel is a great option for younger players or those gamers who really can’t get enough of Mario Kart.
And as a Retro Dodo reader, if YOU can’t get enough of Mario Kart, check out our handy guide to the best Mario Kart characters!
Remappable controls also add a good layer of personalisation and customisation; the suction cups give the HORI Wheel decent stability on any suitable surface too.
Despite the overall aesthetic – and the name – you won’t just be limited to playing Mario Kart on this wheel; it’s suitable for any Switch racing game.
Plus, with it being a properly functional steering wheel controller, it supports many more games than the motion control-only Numskull Joy-Con Wheel Table Mount too.
Though more expensive than the Pro Mini HORI wheel, this HORI Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe version tones down the Mario Kart colour scheme for one that looks far more mature and, dare we say it, less like a toy.
It’s much more suited to adult gamers too, given the size difference between this Pro Deluxe model and the Pro Mini – with the wheel itself and the pedals being comparable in size to other ‘full size’ steering wheels available for the Switch.
The increased size means that many more buttons are available within reach during play, each of which can be programmed and remapped too.
One of these buttons is a one-touch solution to holding items, allowing players to pull an item behind the kart with ease!
Naturally, the Pro Deluxe Racing Wheel is also suitable for other Switch racing games too, so those looking for more racing games beyond Mario Kart will find plenty more use for it!
Another mid-budget wheel, the Superdrive – SV450 Racing Wheel and Pedals really punches above its weight.
Complete with paddle shifters, along with accelerator and brake pedals, this wheel is fully programmable, has a 180 degree rotation angle and even three levels of sensitivity.
Yet it’s priced reasonably and even better, it’s multi-format too, so you aren’t limited to just using it on your Switch.
It’s compatible with games on most formats, including Xbox One, Xbox Series S and X, PlayStation 4 and PC too.
Incidentally, if you’re looking for support for your slightly older console, check out our guide to the best Xbox 360 steering wheel sets.
The Superdrive SV450 is probably the best wheel you can buy for under £60!
Just above the price of the Superdrive SV450, this Numskull Next-Gen Multi Format Racing Wheel with Pedals is another accessory that packs in a lot of features for your money.
The rubber-coated wheel, pedals with anti-slip design and even the footrest are hallmarks of design from a company that really knows its stuff when it comes to gaming accessories.
Also just like the Superdrive SV450, the Numskull Next-Gen wheel is multi-format, with support for all current consoles (except, notably, the PS5) and even PC.
Next up on our niftiest Nintendo Switch steering wheel list is the PXN V3 Pro Steering Wheel with Pedals!
We’re heading towards the high end now and, though clearly these steering wheels won’t be affordable for all gamers, those who are able to justify the cost and make use of these wheels will find themselves using some seriously impressive pieces of kit!
The biggest selling point of the PXN V3 Pro is its vibration feedback, though that’s far from its only impressive feature.
Those features include 180 degree steering angles, pedals, rubber grips, a shift stick and paddles.
Though once again that pesky PS5 eludes compatibility with this particular steering wheel, any other current console (and the PC again!) will work with the PXN V3 Pro.
It also comes in a choice of either black or orange, adding some colour to the usually dull colour schemes of video game steering wheels (those Mario Kart wheels aside of course!).
Complete with a gear shifter and set of three pedals, the beautifully designed FR-TEC Suzuka Elite Next Racing Steering Wheel is a gorgeous accessory with plenty of functionality.
It also comes with a pretty high price tag, though considering that separate H-gear shift box and 270 (or 900) degree rotation – along with all of the programmable buttons and vibration that you’d also expect for the money – it’s definitely a worthwhile purchase if you can afford it.
This awesome steering wheel controller is comfortable to use, customisable, well-made and makes any racing game feel incredibly immersive.
It definitely provides loads of bang for your buck if you have a big collection of racing games across several formats across multiple consoles.
Just spare a thought for those PS5 customers again though, as this is another steering wheel they won’t be able to use.
The time has arrived, and the best Nintendo Switch steering wheel is the PXN V9 Pro Steering Wheel!
Believe it or not, we haven’t even gone near the most expensive wheels available for this list, not even with our number one choice: the expensive PXN V9 Pro.
That’s because we here at Retro Dodo believe that, at a certain point, there’s little to be gained from the form and function provided by the steering wheels that cost hundreds upon hundreds of pounds.
As it is, the PXN V9 does weigh in at a cost of under £200, but not by much!
What does that money get you though?
Well, for one thing, the PXN V9 is a solid and well-designed beast, made up of multiple parts: the steering wheel itself, the pedals and of course, a separate gear shifter.
Non-slip material and leather are all over the wheel where needed most and vibration feedback is also supported.
What truly sets this 270/900 degree steering wheel apart, however, is a dedicated app tool: a mobile app with which players can manage the various functions of the V9 Pro steering wheel.
This includes adjusting the sensitivity, the vibration, programming, testing and configuring the buttons and even setting the maximum effective turning angle.
If you’re serious about immersion in your racing games on Switch, this multi-format wheel really does do everything you need and expect – and probably a lot more besides!
Which is why it’s our choice for the very top of the best Nintendo Switch Steering Wheel Controllers list!
Jason – who lives in the UK – has had a lifelong interest in video games, which all started when he discovered Space Invaders in the early 80s. The first game he ever completed was Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the Sega Master System – which remains one of his proudest gaming achievements. Jason is a passionate writer – and has been writing about gaming since the late 90s. He currently runs pop culture blog midlifegamergeek.com, which he updates on a daily basis (and has written more than 700 articles on the blog alone!).
Outside of video games, Jason is a keen tabletop gamer, film buff and comic book fan.