Brawl bug blamed on dust and fags

Super Smash Bros. Brawl's problems caused by passive smoking?

Nintendo is blaming dust and tobacco on the disc read errors a number of Japanese gamers have occurred when trying to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

As we reported last week, the release of Nintendo's big title was tainted by reports that some purchasers encountered a message when run, which read, "Unable to read disc".

In reaction to the claims, Nintendo released a statement today addressing the problem. According to IGN, the statement cites 'dust and tobacco building up on Wii laser units' as the cause, and that Super Smash Bros. is the first Wii game that uses a dual layer DVD and consequently is the first title to be affected.

The problem can simply be fixed by cleaning the lens, which Nintendo has offered to do for all Japanese gamers that have encountered the problem. For those who chose to participate, they need only to send their Wii unit to a service centre in Kyoto and a week later their console will be returned, problem free.

It will be interesting to see whether Nintendo update the firmware too, which was the rumoured to be the cause of the original problem in the first place.

Brawl error page (translated by IGN)