The new Wii game console from Nintendo has been very well received by consumers and sales are causing serious competition for rival game maker Sony with the PS3. A lot of the hype revolving around the Wii has had to do with the controller, in more ways than one.
As most are already aware, the Wii controllers feature motion sensitivity allowing the user to participate more physically in the games they are playing. Some examples include swinging the remote like a racket when playing tennis, like a bat for baseball and even simulate punching with it in your hand for boxing.
To the dismay of some game owners, the Wii controller has gotten out of hand, literally. In the heat of excitement during a game, players have reportedly lost their grip on the controller having it fly out of their hand and the safety strap breaking in some cases as well. This has resulted in damage to televisions and other people, among other various items. The website Wii Have a Problem is a blog format showing stories, pictures and video of damage caused by the Wiimote when control is lost. One photo shows the Wii remote sticking out of the television as the result of a over excited gamer with slippery fingers.
Nintendo site has a page for Wii Health and Safety Precautions with warnings for everything from seizures to battery leakage, and advises against wildly swinging your arms and suggests always using the safety strap and making sure it is secure.
If you own or are thinking about buying a Nintendo Wii, they are surely a lot of fun, but follow these ‘Wii Remote’ and ‘Play Area’ Precautions from Nintendo to help avoid damaging your stuff and each other:
Wear the wrist strap.
Make sure that all players using the Wii Remote are wearing the wrist strap and that it has been tightened using the strap lock. When sharing the Wii Remote between multiple players, please be sure each person using the Wii Remote takes the time to properly put on the wrist strap. Wearing the wrist strap will help prevent the Wii Remote from flying across the room if you accidentally let go of it during game play.
Hold the Wii Remote firmly and do not let go.
Even while wearing the wrist strap, make sure you don’t let go of the Wii Remote during game play and do not use excessive motion. For example, in Wii Sports bowling, the proper way to let go of the ball while bowling is to release the “B” button on the Wii Remote – DO NOT LET GO OF THE Wii REMOTE ITSELF. If you are having so much fun that you start perspiring, take a moment to dry your hands. If you use excessive motion and let go of the Wii Remote, the wrist strap may break and you could lose control of the Wii Remote. This could injure people nearby or cause damage to other objects.
Give yourself plenty of room.
You will probably move around while using the Wii Remote, so be careful that all areas that you might move into are clear. Make sure that furniture, objects and people are out of the play area so you don’t accidentally bump into them while playing. Also, as indicated in the Wii Operations Manual, it is recommended to stay at least three (3) feet from the television.