This is one guy who wished he had not laughed at his girlfriend boxing on the Nintendo Wii!
Girl hits her brother in the mouth whilst Wii Boxing!
Just a week on from Nintendo’s advice note about how to use the Wii remote control responsibly, I can present one current (reported) list of Wii disasters. It’s not a pretty picture and if I was a TV I’d be setting up a union and calling for Wii danger money right about now.
According to the great Wii disaster watch site, Wii have a problem, where people report their misadventures, like yesterdayâ€™s shiner, 13 TVs have fallen foul of airborne Wii remotes. Twenty straps have broken and seven people have sustained a variety of injuries.
What truly amazes me is that no lamps have yet been destroyed by adults leaping around their rooms with abandon and waving their arms like people drowning. Hell, when I was a kid, I couldnâ€™t seem to avoid the damn things.
Hi All, just a quick note to wish you all a merry Christmas.
No doubt a lot of you will have new Wii’s to play with and I am expecting a whole bunch of new injury videos after Christmas.
So there’s this dude who was playing Wii Sports bowling, as his story goes, and his pal rolls a Lebowski and the next thing you know the strap breaks from the force of the swing; his slippery hands let loose, and the Wiimote flies like a missile and cracks his pal’s TV. Believe it or not, having played Wii Sports bowling, this is totally something we can imagine. But you can take one of two positions here: 1) dude or his friend weren’t using the wrist strap, as is recommended before every game starts, and the controller flew out of his hands and smashed the set; dude(s) cut the strap and put it on display for internet pity points (and possibly a new TV courtesy of an anxious Nintendo). Or 2) somehow the Wiimote strap — which, for the record, we think feels sturdy enough — does break mid-game and this guy really is out a 60-inch TV thanks to Nintendo’s fabric engineering team. But we know one thing for sure, that’s a helluva crack and something tells us it won’t be the last.
It’s all fun and games until somebody busts out a class action lawsuit. We were all enjoying thwacking each other in the face and busting up our televisions so very much that it looks like nobody thought to start any profiteering on this whole Wiimote weak sauce wrist strap meme — until now. Those clever cats over at Green Welling LLP slapped Nintendo with a lawsuit citing "Nintendo’s failure to include a remote that is free from defects" as a "breach of Nintendo’s own product warranty." Apparently the nefarious straps were engineering the whole thing, since GW LLP claims "Owners of the Nintendo Wii reported that when they used the Nintendo remote and wrist strap, as instructed by the material that accompanied the Wii console, the wrist strap broke and caused the remote to leave the user’s hand." Given the fact that the basic premise of these claims is a tad bit off (we’re fairly certain those straps have been breaking after the Wiimote leaves the hand) and that Green Welling’s main demand from Nintendo is that they replace the straps (done and done), we can’t see this lawsuit getting too terribly far, but we suppose we’ll have to wait and find out.
It is this yearâ€™s surprise hit among computer consoles, but already the casualties from the Nintendo Wii are mounting. At a London party ahead of the consoleâ€™s European launch next week, Paris Hilton ignored advice warning her to wear the controllerâ€™s wrist-strap. While playing the ten pin bowling game, the Wii remote becoming embedded four inches into Parisâ€™ head, leaving her to make a 7-10 split. She laughed off the injury and partied for an additional four hours before worried minders rushed her to the local Accident and Emergency.
â€˜Paris is fine,â€™ her agent later said. â€˜Sheâ€™s suffered a very mild four inch cavity in the side of her head but doctors think sheâ€™ll be able to hide it through good styling.â€™ A spokesperson for Nintendo deny that the console is dangerous but was quick to highlight the build quality of the Wii remote. â€˜Weâ€™ve tested it by dropping it onto concrete,â€™ they said, â€˜but this has to be the best indication that the Wii is built to last.â€™
Japanese games firm Nintendo is recalling more than three million straps for its new Wii console.
The announcement follows scores of complaints about the wrist straps breaking during use.
The strap is connected to a motion sensitive controller which is used to control the on-screen action.
There have been many reports of Wii controllers slipping out of hands and smashing TVs and windows – although some of the photos online are faked.