I don't understand how so many people are losing control of their Nintendo Wii remotes, but even with Nintendo's new stronger straps (offered to Wii owners for free) some people still aren't satisfied. Whenever someone loses their common sense and injures themselves or damages their own property in an act of personal stupidity, a lawyer with promises of a class action lawsuit payoff is near. And what do you know? Here comes such a lawsuit now.
The Nintendo Wii game console includes a remote and a wrist strap for the remote. Owners of the Nintendo Wii reported that when they used the Nintendo remote and wrist strap, as instructed by the material that accompanied the Wii console, the wrist strap broke and caused the remote to leave the user's hand. The fun stops when the Wii remote smashes through the beautiful plasma television hanging on the wall, or when someone is injured by the flying remote. Nintendo's failure to include a remote that is free from defects is in breach of Nintendo's own product warranty, according to Robert Green of Green Welling.
The class action lawsuit seeks to enjoin Nintendo from continuing its unfair or deceptive business practices as it relates to the Nintendo Wii. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction that requires Nintendo to correct the defect in the Wii remote and to provide a refund to the purchaser or to replace the defective Wii remote with a Wii remote that functions as it is warranted and intended.
Nintendo already has a free strap replacement program going on, so where are the grounds for this lawsuit? Nintendo is already fixing the problem. This strikes me as yet another McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit (not that "Hot Coffee", but the lawsuit where a woman poured steaming java on her lap then sued because the hot coffee was "too hot"). Some people are just missing that little voice in their heads that warns them not to do stupid or careless things, such as trying to pitch a real honest-to-goodness fastball with a Wii remote. The end result of this is probably going to involve adding even more warnings and disclaimers to the start of every Wii game.