Nintendo Offers Free Wii-mote Jackets

wiijacket1.jpgAfter several incidents earlier this year involving several TVs being destroyed by wayward Wii-motes, Nintendo has decided to take some more responsibility for other people’s incompetence. Right now, they’re offering free Wii Remote Jackets to any Wii owner. Essentially they’re little silicone protectors for your Wii-motes that should cushion any damage they might inflict if hurled at a television set. You can order up to four jackets for your system, which will ship on October 15. On that date, all new Wii consoles will come packaged with the jackets as well.

So essentially, Nintendo is shouldering what must be a pretty big cost to ship out all these new jackets because a few people out there don’t know how to hold onto a remote properly. On the plus side, now you can get free protective covers for your Wii-motes at no charge. If you’d like to place your order, just head over to their website.

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11 Comments on Nintendo Offers Free Wii-mote Jackets

Daniel

On October 2, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Great… now we gotta use protection when playing with our Wiis… :shock:

xx-Thor-xx

On October 2, 2007 at 3:58 pm

first thing that went through my mind when i saw the title of this was a big white winter coat with an a and b button on each side and nifty pockets for the remote and nunchuck

Phil Migrowen

On October 2, 2007 at 4:29 pm

“So essentially, Nintendo is shouldering what must be a pretty big cost to ship out all these new jackets because a few people out there don’t know how to hold onto a remote properly.”

LOL! Given what Nintendo is charging for what amounts to a GameCube with a new controller, I think it can certainly afford to provide each Wii owner with a few extra pieces of plastic. Given the fact that Nintendo certainly should have known that players would be swinging these controllers around in front of large and expensive telelvision sets, the damn things should have been rubberized to start with.

Jonathan

On October 2, 2007 at 5:09 pm

soooo, if i threw a basketball at your face, then it’s Spalding’s fault? :???: something tells me the remotes could have come with duct tape that you were supposed to use to tape them to your hand and some people still would’ve somehow lodged them into their TVs.

Phil Migrowen

On October 2, 2007 at 5:18 pm

“soooo, if i threw a basketball at your face, then it’s Spalding’s fault?”

A Wii controller is not a basketball, moron. However if some company designed a game whereby the player would have to swiftly and repeatedly sway an included basketball in front of a television set, that company certainly would bear some responsibility for damage to customers’ televison sets caused by the basketball.

” something tells me the remotes could have come with duct tape that you were supposed to use to tape them to your hand and some people still would’ve somehow lodged them into their TVs.”

The bottom line is that Nintendo did not do enough in the design of the Wii controller to prevent damage caused by it. First, Nintendo provided inadequate attachment straps, and second the controller’s casing is too hard given that it is prone to be thrown out of the hand.

free wii

On October 2, 2007 at 5:56 pm

I recommend waiting to try to put in your order. They’re swamped and most orders aren’t going through properly anyhow.

Jonathan

On October 2, 2007 at 6:16 pm

@Phil
yeah, of course a basketball isn’t a wii remote. that was an analogy. read a book. but thanks for resorting to name-calling. you’re part of what makes the internet such a special place. :mrgreen:

and my point was no matter what precautions you take to prevent any harm coming from your product, there’s still going to be people who’re going to be doing something stupid (like flinging a Wii-mote around wildly without the strap secured) which ends up causing some harm, in this case to TVs. i’ve played enough wii games to say that there is no reason you would ever have to use enough force when playing a game to fling the remote into a TV and break it, let alone fling it hard enough to break the strap and then break it (if we’re assuming they were actually using it as instructed in the warning screen that comes on before each game). but people still do so and then get in an uproar and blame the big bad multi-national company, because that’s so much easier than blaming their own incompetence.

personally, i’d bet most of the broken TVs were more the result of Nintendo’s primary demographic: children. i’ve seen kids break things with Nerf products, so i’m sure a remote wouldn’t be a problem for them to break a TV with. but when the parents saw what happened, rather than saying, “Those darn kids should’ve calmed down,” they said, “That darn Nintendo should’ve made a product that could be flung full force at a TV without breaking it.” why? because if you sue a big company and win, you get a free TV. ah, the modern age of frivolous lawsuits. personally, i blame the lady who spilled coffee in her lap and won a case against McDonald’s.

frankly though, i think its pretty nice of Nintendo to be doing something about it. the lawsuits brought against them have pretty much been dismissed, so they could’ve just forgotten the whole thing. instead though, they’re taking an extra step at a cost to themselves and adding yet another safety feature to their system that really doesn’t need one. still, i give it two months before someone accidentally chucks a jacketed Wii-mote at their cat and takes it out on Nintendo.

somewhat

On October 2, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Well, well. Phil has resurfaced once again and resorted to more internet bullying. Go away Phil, or stay, but change the attitude a little. Please.

Phil Migrowen

On October 2, 2007 at 11:59 pm

“yeah, of course a basketball isn’t a wii remote. that was an analogy.”

And, it’s a poor analogy. Try again.

“and my point was no matter what precautions you take to prevent any harm coming from your product, there’s still going to be people who’re going to be doing something stupid”

But, that’s a moot point here. The precautions Nintendo is now taking via its strap and cover retrofits are certainly not excessive. Both of those additions should have been implemented when the Wii was launched not after the fact. Nintendo simply didn’t exercise enough forsight into where and how customers would use the product.

“i’ve played enough wii games to say that there is no reason you would ever have to use enough force when playing a game to fling the remote into a TV and break it,”

Not everyone has the same level of strength. Plus, while you may not break the TV, you might break something else or injure someone with the remote. People’s hands perspire while playing and given the fact that the Wii is most likely to be played directly in front of the television and surrounded by furniture and other people, it certainly is conceivable that someone or something would get inadvertently struck with the remote especially if it slips out of a player’s hand due to its slick surface and weak strap.

“blame the big bad multi-national company, because that’s so much easier than blaming their own incompetence.”

The fact is that Nintendo is at fault in such accidents because the Wii remote was not designed properly for the environment and manner in which it would be used. Hence the need for the retrofits. That doesn’t mean that Nintendo is solely at fault in every accident caused by the Wii remote, but it certainly isn’t blameless in every one either.

“personally, i blame the lady who spilled coffee in her lap and won a case against McDonald’s.”

I wish all of you presumptuous, ignorant bastards who bring up this lawsuit as an example of frivolous lawsuits would actually research and learn the real facts of that lawsuit instead of talking out of your ass based upon a few sentences you read in some news blurb. If you did know the facts, you would realize that was no frivolous lawsuit, and the jury rightfully awarded damages to the woman who sufferred third degree burns on her groin, thighs and buttocks that required skin grafts and a seven-day hospital stay due to McDonald’s negligence. How about you educate yourself, you stupid dip, by reading http://lawandhelp.com/q298-2.htm ?

“i think its pretty nice of Nintendo to be doing something about it.”

LOL! Being “nice” has nothing to do with it. It’s about rectifying a real problem and liability along with trying to quell the bad P.R. that results from it.

xx-Thor-xx

On October 3, 2007 at 1:03 am

i wish lawn darts were still around today…

ryan

On May 28, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Heyy dumbass (aka phil) the idea with the McDonalds idea was that the lady was like your self – a dumbass. She burned herself with coffee and then ed at McDonalds fro being negilent. They were so damn negilent that they made cofee *gasp* hot, and hot *gasp* burns people.

“Not everyone has the same level of strength. People’s hands perspire while playing and given the fact that the Wii is most likely to be played directly in front of the television and surrounded by furniture and other people, it certainly is conceivable that someone or something would get inadvertently struck with the remote especially if it slips out of a player’s hand due to its slick surface and weak strap.”

I’m a physics student and according to Newtons second law you would have to get Roger Clemens to destroy the TV and just a plain old idiot not to dry your hands LIKE THEY TELL YOU TO DO. Which not to suprisingly is like the McDonalds warning “CAUTION THIS HOT MAY BE HOT!”