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Nintendo giving away free Wiimote jackets

Nintendo giving away free Wiimote jackets

The Nintendo Wiimote jacket is free for all Wii owners in the US or Canada.

Nintendo, bless its heart, has today announced that it will be giving away free Wiimote jackets to all current Wii owners starting on October 15th.

The Wiimote jacket is a silicone cover with some in-built cushioning that wraps around the Wiimote and protects it (and anything it may hit) from damage. According to the press release, the Wiimote will "cushioning for the Wii Remote for people who might accidentally throw or drop their Wii Remotes while playing games."

The offer is currently only open to those in the US or Canada, but we expect European availability in the near future. As it is, those of you who reside in the US or Canada can sign up to get your free jackets via Wii.com, Nintendo.com or by calling 866-431-8367. Nintendo is taking orders now and will start shipping the remotes on October 15th.

The silicone jackets will also be packaged with all future Wiis, separately sold Wiimotes and all copies of Wii Play.

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

The Wiimote jacket, which looks quite fetching to us, should actually help stop all those broken TVs we keep seeing.

Have you ever broken anything with your Wiimote or SixAxis, or do prefer to keep your gaming limited to the 360 and only move your thumbs? Let us know in the forums, if you please.

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whisperwolf 2nd October 2007, 11:46 Quote
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The offer is currently only open to those in the US or Canada, but we expect European availability in the new future.

yes because Nintendo always rush to keep the european market happy. Still waiting for them to enable the perchase of wii points using the nintendo stars that was announced about December time. If its like animal crossing we'll only have to wait two years.
cjoyce1980 2nd October 2007, 12:04 Quote
yet again us europeans get shafted! you think that we would be use to it by now
Idioteque 2nd October 2007, 12:15 Quote
Evening All. You Can Request Them Here If You Happen To Live In The UK.: http://wiiportal.nintendo-europe.com/22690.html

Ordered 4... but only own a single remote... oh, the guilt!
whisperwolf 2nd October 2007, 12:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Idioteque
Evening All. You Can Request Them Here If You Happen To Live In The UK.: http://wiiportal.nintendo-europe.com/22690.html

Ordered 4... but only own a single remote... oh, the guilt!

Well colour me surprised, they took their fingers out for once, must be the end of the world, I can now look forward to flying pigs, hell's first snowball fight and the sky falling on my head.
johnnyboy700 2nd October 2007, 14:50 Quote
Good for Nintendo, I've ordered four as I have taken part in a four player tennis game and there were a few near misses. So far I have seen a scuff on my ceiling, a chunk out of corner of a wall, a dent in a door and yelp from my dog as it got too close to a back swing. All of that without the silly sports pack attachments.

Damn dangerous gameplay but immense fun - bring on the Light Sabre game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bursar 2nd October 2007, 17:10 Quote
Worst I have done is hitting a baby in the face as he toddled up behind me during a game of tennis. No serious damage done though, and the mother was laughing!
devdevil85 2nd October 2007, 17:45 Quote
yeah, i've gotten close to hitting my little cousin in the face a few times. He'll learn though....all it'll take is once....
Neogumbercules 2nd October 2007, 18:29 Quote
Looks more like a wii-mote diaper to me.
mikeuk2004 2nd October 2007, 18:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neogumbercules
Looks more like a wii-mote diaper to me.

lol
devdevil85 2nd October 2007, 18:59 Quote
I wonder if it makes it more comfortable to use....but the diaper idea is now making me dislike it.....but hey it's free so.....
Kipman725 2nd October 2007, 21:48 Quote
I don't even own one and I manged to hit the cealing and punch a freind in the face... no hand eye cordination.
devdevil85 2nd October 2007, 22:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kipman725
I don't even own one and I manged to hit the cealing and punch a freind in the face... no hand eye cordination.
F&$k Yeah! Now that's how you play right there....
The_Beast 2nd October 2007, 22:45 Quote
Wii condom???
GoodBytes 2nd October 2007, 22:47 Quote
I ordered 4, even thus I only have 2 controllers... in case I get more or the jackets brakes over time.
If I don't like them, I'm not going to leave them on, simple as that. Unless I'm having a party with 4 in a small room, or find it that it makes the wii mote even more comfortable. ;)
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Wii condom
OLD joke.
kempez 3rd October 2007, 00:18 Quote
I ordered 2 as I have 2, plus Nintendo may request evidence you have the Wiimotes
best49erfan 3rd October 2007, 03:27 Quote
I use the rechargabe battery station and I guess this would interfere with them...
dr_bowtie 3rd October 2007, 04:06 Quote
Just bought a Wii so this is nice to know...thanks...;)
johnnyboy700 3rd October 2007, 21:13 Quote
Don't see how you could prove how many remotes you have. Taking a picture won't work thanks to Photo Shop and the remotes don't have serial numbers - at least not that I've noticed.

With regards to using a charging station - yep, if you one of these jackets on (or any of the remote protectors) it will stop the remote from fitting into the charger slot. I would presume that the jackets will be easy to remove to allow access to the battery cover. I'll let you know when mine arrive.
keir 3rd October 2007, 21:20 Quote
Just order 2 for mine :)
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