Nintendo thumb


Also found in: Dictionary, Medical, Financial, Wikipedia.
Related to Nintendo thumb: video game thumb

Nintendo thumb

A repetitive stress injury (RSI) to the thumb due to excessive video game playing. It causes a swelling at the base of the thumb. Coined in the 1990s, this malady also affects people who use their thumbs to punch digits into cellphones and other handheld devices. See medical conditions and thumb culture.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Afflictions include swollen joints, sore shoulders and "Nintendo thumb", a repetitive strain arising from months of playing on a computer console.
Or talk to a little guy with "Nintendo thumb" about Mario and completely miss his subtle suggestions that it's the Super Smash Brothers you should be talking about now.
The charity, Body Action Campaign, said youngsters playing with the games for hours on end could end up with "Nintendo thumb" - repetitive strain injury in the thumb - or other injuries.