Nintendo offers free Wii Remote Jackets

First, there were the two sets of replacement straps to keep Wii Remotes snugly connected to your wrist. Now, Nintendo is offering all Wii owners free Wii Remote Jackets.

Nintendo isn't giving any details as to why you might need a jacket for your Wii Remote; however, one might speculate that it is to reduce the potential for damage or injury or a large class-action lawsuit (or all three). Here is the blurb from the Nintendo website:

"Nintendo is now including the Wii Remote Jacket for the Wii Remotes in all new hardware being shipped. For Wii owners who purchased their systems prior to this addition, we are offering to send free Wii Remote Jackets for their existing Wii Remotes. If you would like to request a Wii Remote Jacket, please start by completing the information form below."

I have had my Wii since December of last year and I have yet to have any issue that would make me consider the Wii Remote unsafe; however, I like free stuff, so I placed my order for 4 Wii Remote Jackets last night. I just hope it doesn't affect my perfect Wii Golf swing.

If you have a Wii and want your free jackets, jot down your Wii serial number and head to the Nintendo site. You will be able to select up to 4 free Wii Remote Jackets. Jackets are set to begin shipping on October 15, 2007.

So what do you think of all of the safety upgrades Nintendo has done for the Wii Remote? Are they a good corporate citizen or is it damage control to head off lawsuits?