On Tuesday, August 21 2007, the Japanese company, Distributer Atlus Co., stated it will remove all 150 "Arm Spirit" arm wrestling machines from arcades in Japan. Atlus spokeswoman Ayano Sakiyama stated that the recall is just a precaution after three players received broken arms while playing on it. The company will investigate the incidents and check the machines for malfunctions. They believe the problem may lie with some players getting overexcited and twisting their arm in an unnatural way.
"The machine isn't that strong, much less than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it," stated Sakiyama.The arcade game, which isn't distributed overseas, has players advance through ten different levels. They must advance through matches with a Chihuahua, a french maid and a drunken martial arts master before finally battling a professional wrestler. No word was mentioned as to what level the players were at when they broke their arms but I am hoping for their own dignity, they didn't lose to the dog.