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Arm-wrestling game recalled for breaking arms

Three players reportedly broke their arms while wrestling the mechanized appendage in Japan

By GamePro staff
August 22, 2007 12:00 PM ET

GamePro - Japanese game maker Atlus said on Tuesday that it would remove 150 Arm Spirit arm-wrestling machines from Japanese arcades after three players broke their arms while wrestling with the machine's mechanized appendage.

"The machine isn't that strong, much less so than a muscular man," said an Atlus spokeswoman. "Even women should be able to beat it," the company claimed, saying that it would check the machines for malfunctions as "a precaution."

"We think that maybe some players get overexcited and twist their arms in an unnatural way," the rep added.

Arm Spirit, which is only distributed in Japan, lets gamers advance through 10 levels battling, among other opponents, a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua before reaching the final showdown with a professional wrestler.

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