Nintendo has responded to negative comments regarding the implications of playing too much Wii by insisting that the machine is perfectly safe, so long as players don’t “overdo it”.
The advice came from the lips of Nintendo PR-guru Anka Dolecki and was intended to counter the flood of complaints from Wii owners claiming to suffer from problems such as tendonitis, which is believed to be the result of excessive play.
Dolecki had this to say:
Nintendo is committed to ensuring not only a fun game play experience on the Wii, but a safe one as well. Nintendo has gone to great lengths to inform consumers about the innovative and unique game-play experience on the Wii.
The Wii Remote is perfectly safe when used as instructed: use a firm grip, don't let go, use the wrist strap and make sure the game-play area has ample open space. As when beginning any new physical activity, it's best to pace yourself and not overdo it. Some games, including Wii Sports, include in-game reminders for players to take a break every now and then.
So there you have it – don’t do it too much otherwise you’ll damage yourself. Funnily enough, my mum used to give the exact same advice about another activity popular amongst teenage boys.