Menu
Nintendo investigates flying Wii controllers

Nintendo investigates flying Wii controllers

Nintendo is taking another look at the wrist-strap on the controller for its Wii console after reports about the straps breaking.

Nintendo Co. Ltd. is taking a close look at the wrist-strap on the controller for its Wii console after several reports on the Internet about straps breaking, causing the controller to fly out of the hands of users, its president said Thursday.

Within days of the Wii going on sale in North America last month, tales of broken wrist straps began appearing online. Many were accompanied by photographs of damage caused by the flying controller, which in some cases included cracked television screens. Pictures have also begun appearing in Japan after the Wii launched there on Dec. 2.

One of the selling points of the Wii is its motion-sensitive controller. Users can swing it like a club when playing a golf game, or jab it like a fist in a boxing game.

"There have been reports, mainly on the Internet, about the strap breaking when you play the games very hard," said Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's president, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on Thursday.

Nintendo tested the durability of all the console's parts, but "people are becoming excited ... beyond our expecations" while playing the Wii, he said. The company is investigating the reports, he added.

The Wii went on sale Thursday in Australia and will hit stores across Europe on Friday. Nintendo has sold more than a million of the consoles in the last month, and has managed to do what Japanese-rival Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. failed to pull off -- launch a new games console worldwide within a month.

Iwata confirmed Nintendo's plan to ship 4 million consoles by the end of the year and 6 million by the end of March 2007.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
Show Comments