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August 21, 2008 at 1:00 AM

Finally, the Wii gets a “real” racing wheel

Logitech today is announcing a cool new racing wheel for the Wii, but so far there’s only one game lined up to work with the $100 gadget going on sale in November.

This isn’t just a tiny wheel that you attach to the Wiimote, such as the one that Nintendo developed for “Mario Kart Wii.”

Logitech’s Speed Force Wireless Wheel is an entirely new controller for the Wii that’s licensed by Nintendo. It works wirelessly, using a transmitter that plugs into the console and stows in the wheel when not in use.

It also looks nearly identical to a PlayStation 3 wheel that Logitech announced in July, but it’s white instead of black like the PS3 model.

But so far the Wii wheel will only work with “Need for Speed Undercover,” a game being developed by Electronic Arts’ Black Box, based in Vancouver, B.C., that’s also being released in November.

The wheel won’t work with “Mario Kart,” for instance, and it’s up to game developers to decide whether their future titles use the controller.

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