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In the U.S., it now seems like everything has an obvious warning label. “Warning: coffee may be hot” … “Warning: your child could hurt themself by jumping off the playground” … “Warning: antifreeze may be fatal if swallowed”. I always thought these warnings were endemic to the U.S., stemming from 50 or so years of a litigious society out of control. Was I ever wrong.

Apparently Japan shares the U.S.’s propensity for stating the obvious in warnings, and then some. Check out these real warning images from the Japanese Nintendo Wii manual:

Warning: don’t eat Wii twist ties:
don't eat Wii twist ties

Warning: don’t wear pink shirts while playing the Wii:
don't wear pink shirts

Warning: don’t hit your friend in the face with a Wiimote:
don't hit friends with wiimote

Warning: suffocating yourself with the Wii bag is not fun:
head in wii bag

Warning: your Wii doesn’t need a blanket to stay warm:
wii blanket

Warning: your Wii is not, and will never be, thirsty:
wii thirsty

Warning: your Wii is not hungry either:
wii hungry

I think U.S. consumers would actually read warning labels if accompanied by pictures this amusing.

11 Responses to “Funny warning images from Japanese Wii manual”

  1. on 18 Dec 2006 at 12:29 pm Diesel

    I thought the last one was a warning against sticking “lucky clovers” into the machine to improve one’s performance. Then they could have another one with a big horseshoe magnet.

  2. on 18 Dec 2006 at 5:08 pm Jeremy Stratton

    I thought these were funny. In case you didn’t see the posts I did for them, here they are:
    http://emergencytrap.blogspot.com/2006/12/do-wii-actually-need-japanese-warning.html
    http://emergencytrap.blogspot.com/2006/12/show-your-passion-for-wii-and-web-20.html

  3. on 18 Dec 2006 at 7:09 pm CyberCelt

    Pretty funny. I liked the pink shirt one.

    Happy Clicking Monday!

  4. on 18 Dec 2006 at 7:38 pm Revol Napaj

    I love the Japanese! If I could I would move to Japan.

  5. on 18 Dec 2006 at 10:25 pm Nessa

    You find the funniest things.

  6. on 20 Dec 2006 at 2:35 pm Gregory

    Anita, great stuff. You hurt my stomach, I was laughing so bad. Do not wear a pink shirt while playing the Wii…ain’t it the truth?

  7. on 09 May 2007 at 10:14 pm randa

    you are stupid. i am japanese, and i happen to know for a fact that the second one isn’t as dumb as you made it seem, it means that you don’t wind the nunchuk around your neck when you play.

    wow, racist much?

  8. on 09 May 2007 at 10:14 pm randa

    and now that i look at it carefully the last one does not mean “do not feed the wii” it means do not poke stuff into the little holes in the wii.

  9. on 12 Aug 2007 at 11:22 pm riley

    its a joke have a sense of humor

  10. on 12 Oct 2007 at 6:33 am Best avatar... - Page 3 - WiiTalk

    […] Originally Posted by Carver Really, no way! i like it even more now i know the story behind it, them crazy Japs Check out some of the others they came up with Linky […]

  11. on 11 Dec 2007 at 8:18 pm M

    Ha, that is better than the crazy pictures that come in the coffie maker instructions!

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