Safety Precautions

Applies to: Wii


We know that your child's safety and well-being are very important to you. While playing video games is generally a very safe activity, it's a good idea to be informed of the safety precautions you and your family should take while using your console. Wii introduces a whole new interactive way of playing and enjoying video games. The Wii Remote offers intuitive control for anyone using physical motion. Players become immersed in the game by mimicking the actual motions needed to control their character on the screen. If you are playing baseball, you use the same motion as if you were swinging a bat; in tennis, the motion is that of a real tennis game; sword fights mimic the motion of real sword fights.

Therefore, it is important for parents to monitor their children for appropriate play. Players should take a 10-15 minute break every hour, even if they don't think they need it. If, with the additional physical motions, players' hands, wrists, arms or eyes become tired or sore while playing, or if they have symptoms such as tingling, numbness, burning, or stiffness, they should stop playing and rest for several hours before playing again.

The physical motion of the player is transmitted through the Wii Remote to the Wii console. To ensure a safe playing environment, be sure your children, and all players, are following the steps outlined below:

  • Be sure players have enough space around them during game play. To avoid injury or damage, make sure other people or objects are not within the range of motion of the player. Players should be 3-8 feet (1-2.5 metres) from the Wii Sensor Bar on the television.
  • Wii gameplay with the Wii Remote can involve rapid or vigorous motion. Please ensure all players use the wrist strap to help prevent losing their grip on the remote and causing damage to the remote or surrounding objects or injury to other people. See the Wii System Setup manual for more information.
  • When using the Nunchuk controller, be sure it connected to the Wii Remote using the connector hook (see page 26 of the Wii System Setup manual).

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Following the above mentioned recommendations will help ensure a safe, fun playing experience for you and your family.