Nintendo Sued for Strap Issues

By Chris Remo, Dec 19, 2006 12:44pm PST 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.

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  • 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. If you would like additional information regarding the Nintendo WII Replacement Strap click here.

    Done, done, and done. Case dmismissed.

    Though I LOVE the fact that it's UNFAIR that Nintendo assumed that people can hold onto a piece of plastic whilst whipping it around, tethered to their hand.

    While I believe it to be reasonable in some cases, I wonder if some of the internet cases involve people using the straps as handles and swinging the remotes around by the strap.

  • Hmm, Looks like this is almost two week old news. On the Green Welling site (Sounds like a frog, don't it?) they said they filed suit on Dec 6th. On Dec 7th Nintendo introduced the strap replacement plan, the contact form on th GW site also links to the Nintendo replacement form.

    Not standing up for the lawyers, however the current replacement plan could be the response to the GW lawsuit.

    On a side note, it would probably just be easier to string a shoelace through the remote, it's -even- thicker than the replacement ; ) Better yet notch some bungie cable through there so the remote can come back to hit you in the face.