Watch out for the flying Wii

Nintendo Wii gaming consoles have been flying off retailer shelves, and now the Wii controllers are literally flying around gamers' living rooms. The Wii is famous for its innovative, motion-detecting remote control that lets gamers wave their arms to play a game instead of throttling a joy stick. Some enthusiastic gamers, however, have discovered that twirling the controller by its strap achieves optimum results...until the strap gives way and the controller becomes a plastic guided missile.

Gaming blogs began to report the problem some time ago, and in late November Nintendo actually added a safety precaution page to its web site exhorting gamers to "Hold the Wii Remote firmly and don't let go!"

Now, the blog Wii Have a Problem reports (via vnunet) that "Nintendo has announced that they are investigating the possibility of a stronger strap to take care of over zealous players." (Click here for excellent photo of a Wii remote penetrating the hardened plastic armor of an unsuspecting television set.) In a press conference yesterday, in fact, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata conceded that "Some people are getting a lot more excited than we'd expected. We need to better communicate to people how to deal with Wii as a new form of entertainment."

These are the sort of problems, of course, that a gaming company wants to have. Far better to be Nintendo with its faulty strap issue and torrid first day sales in Europe, than to be Sony with its high cost machine and flaccid sales.
Posted by Oliver Ryan 10:20 AM 3 Comments comment | Add a Comment

Two points as a Wii owner and long-time gamer:

(1) I am amazed at the number of reports concerning the strap breaking because that could only happen if the person lets go of the remote while swinging really hard - something that frankly is a reflection of the person playing and not the equipment. Why not do a follow up on the many people who have had NO ISSUES whatsoever with the wrist strap breaking? I guess the news organizations prefer sensationalism and in typical fashion, this is much better to report.

(2) How can 50,000 units in 12 hours in the UK plus being sold out in other countries be considered "torrid sales in Europe"? In fact, the very same article you link to in relation to those sales had this to say early on:

"HMV's head of games Tim Ellis told our sister site that the retailer could have sold out its allocation many times over."

This of course clearly says that they SOLD OUT and could have sold WAY MORE...I think that is a success but let me check my dictionary and re-read the article again.
Posted By David Mullings, Pembroke Pines, Fl : 5:08 PM  


They were saying exactly the opposite of how you seem to have taken it, sir.
Posted By Judy, Maysville, KY : 11:26 AM  

Very passive-agressive Judy (the use of "sir" at the end).
Posted By Mike, Fort Worth, Texas. : 9:49 AM  

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