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Nintendo says "Hold the Wii Remote firmly and do not let go."

In response to incidents of TV-wrecking Wii Remotes capable of subsonic flight, Nintendo today issued a mass email with “Important Safety Information for Playing Wii.”


In its safety advice, Nintendo suggests Wii players to “Wear the wrist strap when using the Wii Remote,” as mentioned prior to playing any Wii game. Some users, unfortunately, hurtle their controllers with such force that it completely obliterates the tiny string at the end of the wrist strap.


Nintendo also commands, “Do not let go of the remote during game play,” which is very good advice, because the majority of Wii Remote-related accidents could have been easily avoided if the controllers weren’t so carelessly launched from the users’ hands.


Finally, Nintendo says to “Allow adequate room around you during game play,” suggesting that players stay at least three feet away from the television. While three feet probably isn’t enough runway for the Wii Remote to make a safe landing if it were to become airborne, it would allow for enough space that any wild motions made by the player wouldn’t power smash or uppercut your new plasma.


Nintendo has also updated its Web site with the same information as sent out in its mailer. So for those hoping for a recall on all wrist straps, Nintendo seems to have made no indication towards anything of the like.

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By Swaid on 12/7/2006 2:38:43 AM , Rating: 5
Coffee is Hot.
Knives are sharp.
You are out of shape.

RE: Caution:
By zeroslugfm on 12/7/2006 3:31:41 AM , Rating: 3
common sense not included; still that controller shaped hole in the wall should spark at least one or two conversations.

RE: Caution:
By tuteja1986 on 12/7/06, Rating: 0
RE: Caution:
By Spoelie on 12/7/2006 5:01:22 AM , Rating: 5
Round is a shape!

RE: Caution:
By rushfan2006 on 12/7/2006 8:39:38 AM , Rating: 2
LMAO that's what I keep telling myself...;)

RE: Caution:
By AstroCreep on 12/7/2006 12:01:59 PM , Rating: 5
And 'denial' isn't just a river in Egypt. ;)

Swing harder, not smarter
By MonkeyPaw on 12/7/2006 7:46:51 AM , Rating: 2
I've never played the Wii, but is there some benefit from swinging harder? I know there's a tennis game, so does swinging as hard as you can make the ball go faster? If so, then I could see why the strap might need improving, since people naturally like to try just about anything for an advantage (or for fun). I always enjoyed goofing around on video games (like driving backwards in racing games), so I'm not terribly surprised to hear of people swinging wildly enough to lose it. Maybe a rubber grip will be one of the next Wii aftermarket products!

RE: Swing harder, not smarter
By rushfan2006 on 12/7/2006 8:44:26 AM , Rating: 2
Is moving the controller around like you are a crazy person trying to swat invisible flies REQUIRED to play wii games?

What I mean if you just like the idea of the fun titles and the cheap price of the wii is there just a "normal" controller mode -- you know that works like the traditional way.

I have no plans or desire for a wii mind you but my nephew's birth day is coming up (its 4 months away so I odn't suspect it should be hard to get one by then) and I don't think he'd enjoy it if there is no "normal" way to play the games.

RE: Swing harder, not smarter
By lufoxe on 12/7/2006 9:13:47 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Swing harder, not smarter
By MonkeyPaw on 12/7/2006 10:39:58 AM , Rating: 3
That's what I was looking for, thanks. :)

Keep in mind I'm not saying the end user isn't responsible, but I'm still not surprised to hear of the controller flying away. For as long as controllers have existed, people have "leaned" the controller while playing or have used excessive force thinking it would help. Most of the time, I think people do it without even noticing. Then there's those times when people get carried away in the game or with friends. Any time you make people do more than just sit there, something's bound to go flying. ;)

RE: Swing harder, not smarter
By yacoub on 12/7/2006 12:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
Common Sense
By Senju on 12/7/2006 4:24:19 AM , Rating: 2
It is probably the same type of common sense you see in Japan where men practice golf swings on the train station platform. It should not be done but once in a while you read about a guy whacking an old lady when she walks buy. Should they sue the umbrella makers?

RE: Common Sense
By jabber on 12/7/2006 5:21:09 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe some of these folks could help us all and put the cords round their necks?

RE: Common Sense
By marvdmartian on 12/7/2006 8:59:56 AM , Rating: 3
Perhaps if they only sold these game systems to people with common sense, you'd see fewer incidents. Perhaps not. But certainly, selling them willy-nilly to the same people that (sooner or later) you'll hear "Hey, look what I can do with this!!" come out of their mouth, and you're just asking for trouble! ;)

How about we just rhino-line all Wii controllers, for better grip-ability???

not as crazy as it sounds
By slash196 on 12/7/2006 9:43:19 AM , Rating: 2
Everyone pooh-poohs this...until it happens to them. The fact is, the wrist strap breaks if you look at it too hard. It simply can't take the weight if you lose your grip on the slick surface (which is fairly easy, especially in games like Baseball and Bowling, where velocity counts). I challenge Wii owners to hit a home run in Baseball WITHOUT swinging like a madman. It's just part of the game. It's not Nintendo's fault that people are throwing controllers, but the wrist strap needs to be much sturdier. The simple solution is to offer heavy-duty straps for free to all Wii owners. Nintendo is making enough bank that they can afford a little customer service.

RE: not as crazy as it sounds
By encryptkeeper on 12/7/2006 9:46:57 AM , Rating: 1
LOL the solution to this is as Nintendo says...Don't let it go!

RE: not as crazy as it sounds
By spwrozek on 12/7/2006 11:22:31 AM , Rating: 2
To put it out there I have had a strap break, I didn't break it though. So you challenge me to hit home runs without swinging like a mad man??? Well then sir please come over. In real baseball if you swing hard as you can you will strike out more times then you hit home runs. It is the same with Wii baseball. I just use a nice compact swing and bye bye ball. No wildness, no craziness. Then there is my roommate, sites down and flicks his wrist, hits tons of home runs.

Also someone above said something about rubber grippers and I have seen those at Walmart already.

RE: not as crazy as it sounds
By ADDAvenger on 12/7/2006 11:37:24 AM , Rating: 2
Duct Tape fixes everything; make yourself a sturdy strap.

That's not to say that Nintendo should give you crap because you can just make another yourself, but in the meantime...

By AppaYipYip on 12/7/2006 12:34:43 PM , Rating: 1
Stupid is as stupid does.

How pathetic must you be if you can't even hold onto a Wii Mote while playing games? I've never had a problem, then again, I workout 6 days a week and care about my health.

RE: Stupid
By Teletran1 on 12/7/2006 1:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
This system was marketed as a system for anyone. What about people with arthritis, they don't have the best grips in the world. They also didn't do anything adverse to themselves to gain such a condition.

Some people who are overweight have genetic predispositions or glandular problems. I am sure they sweat more than the average person.

I am in good health and don't have any of the above conditions but I don't think that we should all take a big deuce on people who may have some of these conditions and find themselves losing grip on a controller that you have to motion towards your television.

The wrist strap should be designed so that it doesn't break period. It shouldn't break because you are having a good time with a game and get a little excited and end up losing grip on a controller.

RE: Stupid
By Xavian on 12/7/2006 2:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
they also don't swing the controller like a maniac either, because of the aforementioned arthritis.

Besides, Nintendo has replaced broken straps with Sturdier ones and all European controllers have the new sturdier strap.

How is this even possible?
By encryptkeeper on 12/7/2006 9:41:43 AM , Rating: 4
I've swung the remote like a madman before, and it's NEVER come close to coming out of my hand. And if you're lucky, you still would have a hand on the nunchuck attachment so it STILL shouldn't come out of your hand.

How long until the first lawsuit hits the courts?
By masher2 on 12/7/2006 9:50:48 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone want a place a bet?

By drebo on 12/7/2006 10:20:40 AM , Rating: 1
My guess is never, since there are sufficient precautionary labels and warnings (particularly if you took the time to read the owners manual).

And, it seems to me that Wii owners aren't as vindictive as PS3 owners.

By keitaro on 12/7/2006 3:26:30 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps some of these people should invest in some supplemental accessories for their Wii controllers. I could've sworn there were some jacket covers or something of the sort for these things. I'm sure that they'll benefit in keeping the controller "mostly clean" as well as adding better grip to the controller overall. Last thing we need are some people with sweaty palms greasing up the Wii controller. :)

Common Sense
By lufoxe on 12/7/2006 9:11:10 AM , Rating: 2
“Do not let go of the remote during game play" I think this falls under the durrrrrr category. Cmon people, if you're using the controller, don't throw it, it's just common sense. Didn't your mom ever tell you not to play ball in the house... it's the same thing, except now moms everywhere are going to be saying, "(insert name)! STOP THROWING YOUR WII REMOTE!"

By exdeath on 12/7/2006 10:46:16 AM , Rating: 2
If I happen to let loose, it will just bounce harmlessly off my 1" thick 106" perm wall mount vinyl projection screen.


Product idea
By borowki on 12/7/2006 10:43:30 AM , Rating: 1
Sounds like there's a great opportunity for an accessory: the Wii Remote Condom. I imagine it being a latex or foam, with extra cushioning at the head to protect your TV in case an accident happens.

By andreslin on 12/7/2006 10:57:31 PM , Rating: 1
imagine what if PS3 breaks people's belonging. It will likely to be flamed to death. There're not so much sympathy out there for PS3 as Wii.

Jesus people...
By IceTron on 12/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: Jesus people...
By SunAngel on 12/7/2006 2:32:55 AM , Rating: 5
Sir, your foul language makes you a loser.

RE: Jesus people...
By IceTron on 12/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: Jesus people...
By TTLKurtis on 12/7/2006 4:04:13 AM , Rating: 3
Perhaps I haven't kept up with the whole Wii accidents news enough, but can you guys link to some specific examples of Wii users blaming Nintendo for a particular accident they had with their Wiimote? I'm genuinely curious to see these cases, btw... I'm not being sarcastic or anything.

I share the sentiment that America is too lawsuit-happy and blames everyone else for their dumb mistakes and utter lack of common sense.

RE: Jesus people...
By kextyn on 12/7/2006 7:37:50 AM , Rating: 5

Although I don't recall anyone specificly blaming Nintendo for their sweaty hands and loose grip.

RE: Jesus people...
By JNo on 12/7/2006 7:44:10 AM , Rating: 2
Caution That Saftey Strap
By michal1980 on 12/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: Caution That Saftey Strap
By xsilver on 12/7/2006 6:47:09 AM , Rating: 4
your analogy is faulty
a more appropriate analogy would be to expect an airbag to save your life if u hit a wall @300kph

the strap is designed for general use; but if u swing it around like a madman - expect it to break.

RE: Caution That Saftey Strap
By michal1980 on 12/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: Caution That Saftey Strap
By BUBKA on 12/7/2006 2:35:35 PM , Rating: 2
wow, a seatbelt and airbag will always work and save your life at "300kph" crashes EVERY TIME, just like the Wii strap will work EVERY TIME... thats probably THE dumbest analogy EVER!

go play your non existent PS3 already

RE: Caution That Saftey Strap
By OxBow on 12/7/2006 10:19:26 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously, if under "general use" there have been enough accidents to rise to this level of awareness, then the strap and gripping surface are faulty. The console is designed for fun, active play. If the immersive design of the game causes a young child (or anyone else, for that matter) to get excited and lose their grip on the thing, then common sense says that an adequate safety strap should have been included.

You can't encourage people to get up off the couch and jump around without thinking through the consequences. While accidently whacking something while playing is legitimately the problem of the user, the wrist strap failing is the fault of the company and should be adequately addressed.

RE: Caution That Saftey Strap
By yacoub on 12/7/2006 9:13:50 AM , Rating: 3
But what exactly are people doing that is causing the strap to break? Is there a game where you have to throw the Wiimote at the TV as hard as you can?

RE: Caution That Saftey Strap
By michal1980 on 12/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: Caution That Saftey Strap
By BUBKA on 12/7/2006 2:14:07 PM , Rating: 1
I had the same problem when I "tired" PS3...

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