Friday, October 5, 2007

Nintendo Offers Free Safety Jacket for Remote Controller to All Wii Owners

In a bid to exclude possibilities of injuries as well as damages of various equipment, Nintendo now adds special safety Wii Remote Jacket to every wireless controller of the Wii game console. Current owners of the device may also order the soft cover free of charge.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our products and make sure everyone has a safe and fun experience. Many electronics manufacturers provide similar protective covers for products like cell phones, PDAs and MP3 players,” said George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications.

Nintendo Wii game consoles utilize wireless motion-sensitive game controllers that have a wrist strap to avoid their damage in case users release them from their hands accidentally. Late last year it was discovered that the initial batch of straps that were supposed to preserve against flying “Wiimotes” sometimes break off, causing damage or even injuries of users. Nintendo replaced the straps free and now will also provide a special “jacket” that will preserve the remote controller in case the new straps also break off.

Nintendo is now including the Wii Remote Jacket for the Wii Remotes in all new hardware being shipped. Nintendo Wii owners who purchased their systems prior to this addition should request a Wii Remote Jacket by completing the information form at Nintendo’s web-site.

Nintendo Wii, the most successful new-generation game console, features IBM’s custom PowerPC architecture-based microprocessor named Broadway clocked at 729MHz and code-named Hollywood chip with built-in graphics core, DSP and I/O features from ATI that operates at 243MHz, earlier reports suggested. Nintendo Wii uses 91MB of memory in total: 23MB of “main” 1T-SRAM, 64MB of “external” 1T-SRAM and 3MB texture buffer on the GPU.

Nintendo’s Wii does not feature a hard disk drive, instead, it boasts with 512MB of flash memory, but the console will also have a card reader, which will allow installing more memory.

Nintendo set the recommended retail price of ¥25 000 (about $204) in Japan, $249 in the U.S. and €249 ($342) in Europe.

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