Nintendo covered its butt on those flying Wiimotes

Remember those flying remotes? Remember how everyone and their dog seems to be having “issues” with flying Wiimotes and broken wrist straps? Well everyone can stop faking it staging reporting their catastrophes because Nintendo saw it coming a mile away.

From Nintendo’s customer service site:

“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.

As they pointed out over at Kotaku, this may be the first console manual ever that cautions players from having too much fun. It pays to read those manuals before you start complaining about distance from the TV and broken straps.

7 Responses to Nintendo covered its butt on those flying Wiimotes

  1. MacUser says:

    “If you are having so much fun that you start perspiring”

    hilarious

  2. peshue says:

    What if you have so much fun you wii your pants? They need to package some non-slip floor mats with this thing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a crock. The only reason the straps are breaking is the craptastic string they use to tether the strap to the Wiimote. I’ve seen a flying remote in action and it ain’t pretty. And the player who accidentally let it fly wasn’t using “excessive force” either, just playing like you see demonstrated in every Wii commercial. It was an accident, and the wrist strap is supposed to be there for just such an incident. It failed miserably. Fortunately nothing was destroyed.

    Whoever decided to attach that nice strong nylon strap to the Wiimote with a piece of dental floss should be fired. Not even a major league pitcher could break the nylon strap, but the weak tether string can’t survive even a child’s errant toss. This will turn into a PR mess if Nintendo doesn’t make things right.

    Nintendo: fix the straps!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Get real. If your wrist strap breaks due to excessive force……its YOUR FAULT!!!! I know that we don’t like to hear that these days since accountablilty is a forgotten virtue, but this nonsense is just getting out of hand. Excessive force and wrist strap warnings are everywhere and I pray that any MORON that tries to sue Nintendo over this Wiimote Lottery scam gets laughed out of any court and has their Wii confiscated for their own saftey. There was a time when we had a place to put people who were a danger to themselves and others.

  5. Anonymous says:

    “If your wrist strap breaks due to excessive force……its YOUR FAULT!!!!”

    Bullcrap. It’s a shoddy, flawed design. Period. There should be no reason for broken straps. If the strap connected directly to the Wiimote, Mike Tyson couldn’t snap the thing if he let the Wiimote fly. But they had to connect the strap with that crappy little piece of string. Why???

    What the ‘ell is “excessive force” anyway? So anything that snaps that cheap piece of dental floss is “excessive force?” I’m all for personal accountability, but don’t sell me something with a wrist strap that can’t handle the strain of a 5-year-old’s errant toss. These things are going to be slipping out of hands. They’re smooth, hands are sweaty. The straps should be designed to handle more than 5 pounds of pressure. If they can’t, why include a strap at all?

    I can only hope all the obnoxious loudmouths screaming about “user error” experience a slipping remote and snapped strap of their own. And they probably will. It’s just a matter of time.

  6. D-Town says:

    In other news, has anyone contemplated taking preventive measures? It take just a little piece of rubber or plastic cable, cut it along the lenght, insert the dental floss, use ducktape to seal it up, and presto! You got a wimmote that won’t fly out of your hands! It’s either that or waiting for Nintendo to get their shit together with new wriststraps.

  7. Andy says:

    I also wonder how else it will affect how we seem the play mechanic. I even put a little post: http://gamepeople.wordpress.com/2006/11/07/down-is-up/ together on the subject.

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