Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nintendo, Wii Have a Problem, as Console Launches

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nintendo, Wii Have a Problem, as Console Launches

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Byline: RASHID RAZAQ

THE London launch of the Nintendo Wii games console was today marred by claims that the revolutionary remote controller is flying out of users' hands and smashing TV screens.

The handheld motion-sensing control allows players to physically mimic actions such as swinging a golf club or using a tennis racket instead of just tapping buttons.

But Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has admitted there could be a problem with wrist straps on the controllers which could break during strenuous play - causing remotes to fly out of hands and straight into the television screens.

Mr Iwata said: "Some people are getting a lot more excited than we'd expected. We need to better communicate to people how to deal with Wii as a new form of entertainment."

The gaming giant, which expects to sell four million of the [pounds sterling]180 units worldwide by the end of the year, is not going to order a product recall, but is "looking at ways to make players calm down". …

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