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Old vs. New Wii Remote Wrist Strap - Image courtesy Go Nintendo

An old Wiistrap broken - Image courtesy Go Nintendo
I wonder how long it's going to take before people call them "Wiistraps"

A small population of spastic Wii gamers who experienced flying Remotes as a result of broken wrists straps received a list of safety tips from Nintendo advising them to "Hold the Wii Remote firmly and do not let go."

Those who were expecting a recall of the product got no such thing, but Nintendo quietly made a revision to the wrist strap without any sort of announcement or comment. In the latest batch of Wii consoles, the wrist strap included with the pack-in controller features a noticeably thicker, and probably stronger wrist strap.

A Go Nintendo reader reported that Nintendo also sent him the revised wrist strap as a replacement for his broken one. See the images to right for a comparison between the old and the new.

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By EarthsDM on 12/9/2006 10:31:35 PM , Rating: 3
No comments yet? It looks like all the Sony and MS fanboys are showing some Wii-straint.

Sorry. Had to go for the worst pun ever award.

RE: Comments?
By johnsonx on 12/10/2006 4:04:42 PM , Rating: 2

ok, that was truly awful, but I couldn't help laughing anyway.

RE: Comments?
By xphile on 12/11/2006 5:26:09 AM , Rating: 2
Pretty bad :-)

Of course along with the new straps comes the press release from Nintendo finally owning up:

"We thought Revolution was a great name - it very accurately dipicted all the nutters we had in our initial test labs spinning round and round losing their balance with the new controller. But after a few more weeks it became apparent that it would be a much more catchy and relevent to call name the console after the noise made by all those f#$%ing flying controllers - Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !!!"

Glad there was a fast response...
By Furen on 12/10/2006 2:30:54 AM , Rating: 2
I truly don't believe snapped straps are Nintendo's fault at all, the straps seem to work well enough as long as you're not flinging the controller left and right, but it's nice to have a swift response rather than the numerous evasions/duplicity that we hear from most other manufacturers (not just video games but consumer products in general).

By ksherman on 12/10/2006 7:35:10 AM , Rating: 2
like Apple ;-)

By mryoder on 12/10/2006 12:21:34 PM , Rating: 4
I fail to understand why people are not actually holding on to these things. Are idiots swinging them by the strap?

By ElJefe69 on 12/11/06, Rating: -1
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