Nintendo Advises on "Wii Elbow"
In the wake of one of the busiest periods in gaming history (featuring two massive console launches), the term "Wii Elbow" have become a very popular buzzword. Call it a series of ludicrous tales or a conspiracy by Sony to bad-mouth the competition, reports of the Wii-mote causing bodily harm and property damage have been a hot topic of debate for the last week or so. Now, it appears the fuss is sufficient enough that Nintendo itself has weighed in, officially warning Wii owners to "not let go of Wii Remote".
Last week we at Gizmocafe.com reported on both the muscle pains and smashed televisions that some Wii owners were blaming on the console's new remote. For those unfamiliar, it's a motion sensitive controller, and in games like Wii Sports, requires players to get off the couch and swing the peripheral as if they were swatting at a tennis ball or opposing boxer's chin. While the idea has brought much positive attention to Nintendo's (comparably) budget system, these recent reports have been a bit alarming (but generally just funny).
The extent of Nintendo's involvement in the "Wii Elbow" phenomenon is an official customer safety bulletin, recently posted on the company's home page. The central statement is to "Hold the Wii Remote firmly and do not let go," although the most interesting advice from Nintendo may be, "If you are having so much fun that you are perspiring, take a moment to dry your hands."
That's good information. Now I know where to find the three wise men.