March 9, 2000Hand Injuries Prompt Nintendo to
Provide Protective Gloves for "Mario Party" Video Game Users
Redmond, WA (SafetyAlerts) - Nintendo of America,
Inc. has agreed to provide protective gloves to all consumers throughout the nation who
own the "Mario Party" video game. Nintendo had received numerous
complaints that children unexpectedly sustained hand wounds while playing certain segments
of this video game. The hand injuries included burns, lacerations, punctures, cuts,
bleeding, tearing and blistering of skin.
Mario Party is a popular video game marketed to
children between the ages of 7 - 13 and played on the Nintendo 64 home game system, which
consists of a game deck and a hand-held controller with a plastic control stick with
grooves etched into a circular tip.
This video game features numerous mini-games, five
of which present a risk of hand injuries. In those game segments, children are encouraged
to use all their might to rapidly rotate the joystick to succeed at various virtual tasks.
The mini-games associated with the injuries
include: Paddle Battle, Tug O'War, Pedal Power, Cast Aways, and Deep Sea Divers, along
with a practice game feature, Mecha Fly Guy.
Consumers consistently have reported that they
needed to use the palms of their hands to rotate the joystick with sufficient speed to
succeed at those game segments, resulting in injury.
As of January, 2000, approximately 1,150,000 Mario
Party games had been distributed throughout the United States.
Nintendo will provide up to four protective gloves
to each household of consumers who own the video game, representing a commitment by
Nintendo of up to $85 million.
In order to obtain a protective glove, consumers
should contact Nintendo at (800) 521-0900.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers March 9, 2000.
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