Nintendo Sued for Strap Issues

Law firm Green Welling LLP has announced that it has filed a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo of America following incidents of snapped Wii remote wrist straps resulting from users throwing the controllers with great force while playing. Green Welling, acting on behalf of Wii owners, claims that the failure of the straps during use "as instructed by the material that accompanied the Wii console" and resultant "failure [of Nintendo] to include a remote that is free from defects" constitutes a breach of the end user warranty included with the Wii.

The suit "seeks to enjoin Nintendo from continuing its unfair or deceptive business practices," and demands Nintendo correct the design flaw and replace existing straps. As we reported earlier this month, Nintendo has begun shipping newer, stronger straps in various territories, and has instituted a free replacement program for consumers.