Way back in 2006, there was a spate of media reports about new Wii owners damaging their TVs, prized furniture, elderly relatives and/or pets after losing their grip on a remote while playing Wii Sports Bowling. Nintendo, to its credit, took the problem in hand, first mailing out beefier remote wriststraps to all owners, then following that up with rubberized grips for even more security. But this bowling ball controller, from third-party firm CTA Digital, could take the cake.
This is not going to end well.
Says the official web site: "This Wii peripheral is the first of its kind to be fashioned after an authentic bowling ball, turning your wii-mote into the optimum performance-enhancing accessory! To operate simply ...plug the three holes with your fingers, as you would a bowling ball. Lastly, make sure to wear the wrist strap securely around your wrist, this will prevent the ball from accidently flying out of your hand...Even though holding and bowling the ball is so like-like[sic] to the actual sport, never, ever release the ball!!"
Uh, yeah. Nothing bad could ever come of this.
What's that, CTA Digital? "CTA Digital, Inc. is not and will not be held responsible for any damages resulting from the bowling ball attachment," you say? No, we're not too surprised to hear that. We haven't actually tried out this wrecking ball of a peripheral, but we're dying to...just as soon as we find a TV that we dislike sufficiently.