Nintendo Switch Sports players are breaking TVs like it’s 2006

This is what can happen if you don't secure your wrist strap before playing <em>Nintendo Switch Sports</em>.

Enlarge / This is what can happen if you don’t secure your wrist strap before playing Nintendo Switch Sports. (credit: Reddit / Equivalent_Actuary_6)

When you’ve covered the game industry for as long as I have, you tend to see the same types of stories appearing over and over. Still, new reports that Nintendo Switch Sports players are breaking their TVs with accidentally thrown Joy-Cons are a bit too reminiscent of similar stories during Wii Sports‘ heyday in the mid-2000s.

So far, these new reports of virtual sports-related accidents are limited but dramatic. Twitch-streamer 63man started things off by breaking his monitor live on stream during a particularly energetic tennis swing Saturday. “HAS HE MENTIONED HE DOESNT HAVE A WRIST STRAP,” one viewer wrote in chat shortly following the incident.

The look on his face is priceless…

The next day, Reddit user Equivalent_Actuary_6 shared an image showing “my first broken TV playing Switch Sports.” In a subsequent comment, that poster said they had lost the wrist straps originally provided with the Joy-Cons but that they were “confident on [sic] my grip” after playing through The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword strapless.

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