WSJ: First cases of "Wii Elbow" reported

Aerobic activity with motion-sensing controller causing aches, pains; Nintendo urges exercise to counteract.

Nintendo is seeking to lead the charge against the notion that all gamers are unfit couch potatoes. Nationwide sellouts of the Wii indicate that gamers are supporting that notion, and many have been very vocal about the system's motion-sensitive controller as being a revolution in gaming. The problem is that it appears that after the first week of the console's release, many of those gamers are running out of breath.

The Wall Street Journal says that "Wii elbow" and other Wii-related physical issues may be the first widespread gaming-related injuries since "Nintendo thumb," the condition that ran rampant following the introduction of the NES in the '80s and the SNES in the '90s.

The newspaper spoke with several new Wii owners who were experiencing aches and pains from repeated use of the console. A 12-year-old from Kentucky reported numbness in her right arm after mimicking the motions of bowling and boxing in Wii Sports; a computer programmer in Minnesota, who admits to being "not very active," complained of sore shoulders; and a man in Indiana says he was "soaking wet with sweat, head to toe" after Wii Boxing.

Nintendo vice president of marketing Perrin Kaplan put it plainly. "[The Wii] was not meant to be a Jenny Craig supplement," she told the WSJ. "If people are finding themselves sore, they may need to exercise more."

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icstars2
icstars2

you only need to move your arms

DarkGnome55
DarkGnome55

hahahah fat@ss is gettin tired movin his arms so he complains.... go check out weight watchers then get ur wii >.

Tigerman950
Tigerman950

Lol fat gamers everywhere will be ticked.....

Ryo-Hazuki
Ryo-Hazuki

they dont need to put their whole body into the game to be tired. regarding the story itself, nintendo is very good with public relations: something goes wrong with their strategy? insult your costumers! Very wise.

BurningMice
BurningMice

They dont need to put their whole body into the game

Dreamlancer
Dreamlancer

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darfvader
darfvader

only in the US. People trying to shake every ounce of responsebility from themselves: you're fat not because of you but because of a certain food company, you're addicted to ciggartes which COME WITH A WARNING THAT THEY ARE ADDICTIVE AND DANGEROUS not because of you but because of the evil cigarette companies...

togo2828
togo2828

Look People need to get Some more excersise when your playing a game and you get tired, and Hadicap people will just rotate the controller......So yeah People STOP GETTING FAT, and if your born big then im sorry for that but my Big Friends play and they dont hurt or get Tired

stephandj
stephandj

people are forgeting that there are people who are handicaped ad can`t play the wii,example:if you are playing wario ware smooth moves and you try to play the hula hoop mimi game,so what do you do,go ask nintendo about this

Valmier
Valmier

Really, I find this whole thing ridiculous. "Oh no! My arm's getting tired because I've been moving it around playing the most ammazing gaming revolution to date!" Seriously. Number 1, does that mean it's not fun? The Wii and the stuff I got with it all amounted to about $450, and it's the best $450 I've ever spent. Number 2, you're moving your arms around frantically in boxing and tennis and the like. Your arm got sore? Imagine that? Who'd have thunk it? Sore from movement? It's called exercixe. Get used to it. I have yet to hear an outdoorsman complain about the physical stress his hobby puts on him, so don't be doing the same thing with your games!

GuchFairy
GuchFairy

I guess they left out the fact that nintendo has screens that suggests you to take a break.

Misfit119
Misfit119

It has nothing to with being in shape, it has to do with getting too into a game. Sure, I know that I only have to flick my wrist, but give me enough time and Im flailing my arms playing tennis or actually moving around as I bowl. It doesnt matter how active or lazy you are, a drawn out game of tennis best of five can lead to a sore arm.

eldude007
eldude007

This means that the Wii will shape Americans into shape. The boxing game is really fun and at times you do get tired out, but does not matter it still fun. I am very active and I have no complains, thus far. In conclusion, stop being fat get out and do something.

SuperSonic223
SuperSonic223

People exagerate the movements so much. Sure it is fun to get into the game more but you can still be a couch patato playing Wii games. I know I never got tired after playing hours and hours of Zelda and some Wii Sports.

roll450
roll450

sell it and im buying one

00joshua
00joshua

You shouldn't have to exercise to play games... that's why I'm never getting a Wii. I play DDR when I want to move around while playing a game. Wii games won't help you exercise though, they just tire out your arms from what I've heard,

Fusion_Master
Fusion_Master

So people are buying it to get fit apparantly :0

MultimediaJay
MultimediaJay

ROFL. People are bellyaching over getting tennis elbow from the Wii-mote. Hahahahahahaha. Maybe Nintendo should make a Wii version of the Power Pad. :-)

brownthrilla
brownthrilla

Umm...at least you're getting a work out.

Sidrat2004
Sidrat2004

I vote for Controllers of various weights, that'll sort the men from the boys. Just like Bowling balls in fact, you can pick the weight you feel comfortable with (swinging something too light can be just as dangerous as swinging something too heavy), and let swing. Oh I want a Wii.

crosscountrycpj
crosscountrycpj

Yeah, I think that some people are confused. Soreness and sweating are what happens when you exercise, but of course, you would have to exercise in order to know that....

AgostonF
AgostonF

My god.. Don't blame your lazy arses on Nintendo..

sk8ordie778
sk8ordie778

Finally all the fat f***s will get some needed excercise, Nintendo is leading the way on the war on obesity

shaggydoo29
shaggydoo29

I agree with Dterry89.. there SHOULD be an exercise game for the Wii... it would be the perfect system for it. When I first got my Wii, I did feel a bit sore after the first couple of days of using it extensively, but now I guess I am "broke in" with it. Personally, I think we have been long overdue for a system like the Wii. I am highly interested in seeing what other innovations that they can come up with for this system!

DTerry89
DTerry89

they should come out with an excerise wii game lol. It should be able to recognize time too so you could be on time with your excersises lol. it would be the end of the fat gamer person lol

BradW92
BradW92

...you could look at it as a revoloution in weight loss? :D

Fascolik
Fascolik

LOL... omg Perrin Kaplan is soo **** nice!!!! lllol...

ninja929
ninja929

I agree with you pokeracc. People are going to get sore regardless because a player is repeating the same actions over and over for the period that one plays the game. If it really starts to hurt, maybe you should see a doctor, or maybe just work out more.

pokeracc
pokeracc

Doesn't matter if your fat guys if you go through the motion of throwing a baseball etc then its gonna be sore, same as if you do it with a real baseball. But these ppl are blowing it way out of proportion. (cant wait till someone sues nintendo for "injuries" suffered playing the wii)

codelyoko2
codelyoko2

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SGTNAPALM
SGTNAPALM

i am excited for the open style of gaming. i have an eyetoy, and i love the workout it sometimes gives me.

Dreamlancer
Dreamlancer

I want to be lazy and sit and play games. Is that so wrong? Why should a dumb game console make me do it?

Tigerman950
Tigerman950

Finally, a good way to convince lazy gamers everywhere to get their butts off the couch and exercise for once; saying that not all gamers are lazy.

a336061
a336061

Learn how to play a game and quit crying

BMXer_wannabe_2
BMXer_wannabe_2

I don't see how this applies to fat people. You know some people are just too stupid and are probably swinging these light controlers a little too hard. Which can throw your arms out. Like trying to throw a baseball really hard that isn't even there. This can cause problems. Get a freakin clue here.

isthisnametakn
isthisnametakn

Meh. I'm usually jumpin up and down and pacing about win I play Halo Live anyway. I play games to relax. I ride my bike to stay fit.

pbcnoob
pbcnoob

well this is great news. all those obese people will learn wats soon to come if they dont smarten up. great job intendo :)!

ZERO201
ZERO201

LOL haaaa hhahaha. that is so funny

washburnwi14
washburnwi14

yea the wii is genius it get people active and away from the cabinet and if ur getting sore and 'soaking wet with sweat" by playing the wii, then you know you need to get outside and do stuff

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

nothing wrong with a little excersize in your life

DarkArtemis
DarkArtemis

The closest thing, I have seen, to Wii Elbow is when I whacked my boyfriend in the elbow while playing Wii Tennis. Then I proceeded to hit my brother in the forehead in the same game. Maybe I should stick with bowling.

mrbuu666
mrbuu666

I think it's great that people are getting sore, tired, and exhausted because of the fact that they are playing this game system. Because It's just one step closer to beating obesity around the world.

newoldrenegade
newoldrenegade

hey dreamlancer i agree with you...fat people need to get up thier fat ass stop playing WOW and do somthing.

bullhed
bullhed

I don't care if you're fat or not, the constant repetitive motion of the controller is definitely going to get tiresome. Just move your arm around without a controller constantly, your arm is going to get tired. Unless of course you play tennis, box or swordfight all the time that is.

Josh_345
Josh_345

Well, lest some gamers are getting exercise. And could allow them to live longer. Or is that a bad thing :/

mikado01
mikado01

I am 5'6 and a 110 pounds, and i tend to get sore playing Tennis. It has nothing to do with the weight of the controller. It has everything to do with the motion. The first time i played boxing i went for four hours straight., and it burned like hell. The burning is good! Thats means that you are getting fit! I totaly got wii elbow from tennis, but i think its cause i play too long : )