Nintendo releases safety information on Wiimote use

Browse through our Wii blog and you will see not only a couple but a good number of Wiimote related injuries and accidents. Admittedly, it was quite funny at first. But as days go on, the matter became serious. We only know about the cases we’ve covered, but we’re pretty sure that there are still a lot of unreported incidents out there.

It is in this light that Nintendo decided to run an online public service announcement on the matter. While some of you will see this as insignificant, we take it that it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We don’t expect to write any articles concerning injuries and broken TVs after these, okay? Here’s their advice:

  • Wiimote SafetyWear 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.

  • Wiimote safetyHold 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 donÂ’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.

Via Nintendo

Browse through our Wii blog and you will see not only a couple but a good number of Wiimote related injuries and accidents. Admittedly, it was quite funny at first. But as days go on, the matter became serious. We only know about the cases we’ve covered, but we’re pretty sure that there are still a lot of unreported incidents out there.

It is in this light that Nintendo decided to run an online public service announcement on the matter. While some of you will see this as insignificant, we take it that it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We don’t expect to write any articles concerning injuries and broken TVs after these, okay? Here’s their advice:

  • Wiimote SafetyWear 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.

  • Wiimote safetyHold 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 donÂ’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.

Via Nintendo

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