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All Wii Remotes are recalled

Nintendo today announced that the company will replace some 3.2 million Wii Remote wrist straps after receiving numerous reports of the straps breaking sending the controller flying. Nintendo will allow customers to exchange their failure-prone wrist straps with a new beefier strap that is about double the thickness of the original.

There have been numerous reports of straps breaking sending remotes through TVs, windows and other expensive items. Nintendo responded to the Wii Remote madness by issuing a response in writing concerning the proper use of the remote. A few days later, Nintendo began making revisions to the Wii Remote in the form of a beefier wrist strap.

The new wrist strap is already included with the latest machines shipped, but Nintendo estimates that it may have to replace up to 3.2 million wrist straps, costing the company several million dollars. The old straps, which were found to be especially prone to breaking, had a 0.6 millimeter string diameter, while the new replacement strap features a diameter of 1 millimeter.

"People tended to get a bit excited, especially while playing Wii sports, and in some cases the control would come loose from their hands," company spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa said. "The new strap will be almost twice as thick."

Nintendo has setup an online replacement form for Wii customers so that they can get replacements for their Wii Remote straps. Shipments will begin on December 21 and it will take 5 to 9 days to receive replacements.

The company also announced today that it is recalling 200,000 AC adapters for the DS and DS Lite in the Japanese market.

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By Derka on 12/15/2006 8:49:42 AM , Rating: 5
In my opinion Nintendo has the best customer support. Its been less than a month and already they have fixed a problem. Beats the heck out of Microsoft and Sony.

RE: Good
By DeathBUA on 12/15/2006 9:01:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, and not only that it's also free publicity of the good kind for Nintendo....cuz it kinda says people have SO much fun with our system that they end up tossing our controllers around. Weird how that works.

RE: Good
By Tilmitt on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By encryptkeeper on 12/15/2006 9:35:05 AM , Rating: 5
it may humble the Wii community

Humble? Who are you, the Iron Sheik?

It's going to humble everyone except Nintendo since none of the other console makers take care of issues this quickly.

RE: Good
By othercents on 12/15/2006 10:43:09 AM , Rating: 5
I'm not sure if you remember the battery issue that Sony was in. Dell started recalling batteries way before Sony even said there was a problem. Actually Sony denied there was a problem first and stated that it was a problem with the computer design. There is even documentation showing that Sony knew way before the first battery exploded that there could be a problem.

So it is a load of crap that Sony would have ever done what Nintendo is now doing. Nintendo cares about their customers and Sony cares about the money. You can see this in everything Sony does.

Granted yes Sony has been getting a bunch of bad press lately, but that doesn't excuse everything that they have done.


RE: Good
By bplewis24 on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By Oregonian2 on 12/15/2006 1:30:07 PM , Rating: 3
You people never seem to amaze me. Nintendo does a recall of a product that was apparently defective and they are praised for it.

They're not being praised for the defect, they're being praised for their quick no-grumble response. They're being praised for making a product that has this kind of problem. The fault isn't a "defect" as you present it, it's more of a matter of it not being as robust as it could have been. There's a difference. Using common sense, someone shouldn't be throwing the remote anywhere. It shouldn't be let go like it seems to be sometimes (and with what, a million units sold world-wide, what's the percentage of the units where this problem has been reported?). The "defect" as you call it is not making a robustness strap as strong as it could have been -- a strap that theoretically shouldn't be needed at all if the user used things in a sensible way. I'm not saying that there's no fault on Nintendo -- I'm saying that it's a pretty "soft" defect compared to things like Microsoft's lockups or Sony's HDTV interface snafu's where the basic functionality had faults -- and yet Nintendo very quickly has fixed the problem both by the "recall" and aparently delaying delivery of units during the Christmas season (important in the U.S.) so that production could be updated. The fault isn't being praised, Nintendo is.

RE: Good
By bplewis24 on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By aGreenAgent on 12/15/2006 5:44:42 PM , Rating: 3
Well, your last statement is just as far from being objective.

Regardless of if/when Nintendo screwed up something related to the Wii, Sony messed up enough that they've gone from a publicly well-liked company to one that is causing a backlash.

The strap on the remote is even a feature. Most people I know just took theirs off to begin with. So yes, it's bad that Nintendo put on a strap that couldn't handle people throwing the Wiimote full speed (which it may or may not have been designed to do - but they probably should have anticipated people doing it), it's not a big deal, since you can just hold onto the remote like you're supposed to.

Anyway, my point is that there is a bit of a bias towards the Wii, but it's not undeserved. A couple years ago you couldn't get people to say anything good about Nintendo, only how the GameCube should be their last console.

Nintendo pulled themselves up and made people like them again. Sony had everybody liking them then threw it away. People aren't biased because they're stupid or something, it's because Sony has been seemingly trying to anger their customers with lousy products and arrogant press statements, and Nintendo issued a recall over something as inconsequential as a wrist strap.

RE: Good
By Chase Tacos on 12/18/2006 9:42:36 AM , Rating: 2
The only reason why you got voted down because of it is because you came out as a total ass about it insted of just SAYING you were just BITCHING and started an argument/conflict.
Quit being so stuck up with everything and maybe you would get the respect youd enjoy.

RE: Good
By stromgald on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By Drexial on 12/15/2006 1:18:23 PM , Rating: 3
yes they are larger companies, but each product or series of products has its own department. the people making TVs arent working in the same department that makes the SIXAXIS controller. so the battery has its own division that should have its own set of quality control procedures. the problem isnt as much with with the products of sony, its with their ego. thier advertising department is horrible, their our way or the highway attitude is annoying, and the fact that they "know how to do everything better" is obnoxious. while in most cases they make damn good products, they are soo self centered about it. now while i understand thats the whole idea of a company is to push itself. but it would seem sony never learned from their mistakes with the marketing and distribution from betamax. i had a beta player and loved it, the tapes took up less space, the quality was better. BUT the tapes were expensive as hell and hard to find. i find it amusing that the biggest hit to sony was probably the porn industry standardizing on the VHS tape. but just when you hope sony would have learned they made their own storage disc with the mini disc players. but here we are with blu-ray and they are selling it at over twice the price at the extremes. now im not saying they dont make good products in most cases (their TVs and car audio suck) but they arent worth the price differences in most cases. the PS3 im surprised survived the way it seems to have, mostly just the supply issues. but if it werent for their arrogance people wouldnt have as much of an issue with them. Nintento doesnt have any sort of arrogance, their marketing for the Wii was "play it" thats it, play it and you will see how much fun it is. the PS3 was "this is the best gaming system EVER it will cook breakfast far you, do your dishes. remember that media center computer.... its a paperweight in comparison." and thats why people dont react as harshly to nintendo as they do sony and MS (i did so many examples for sony that i didnt feel like doing any for MS, but they have the same problem sony does)

RE: Good
By stromgald on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By Drexial on 12/15/2006 8:43:08 PM , Rating: 4
you have no idea how bad it would have been if firefox didnt check for spelling :-p

RE: Good
By Alpha4 on 12/15/2006 5:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
Heh. I couldn't help but observe your theory that the porn industry siding with VHS was a boon to the format's success. While I don't disagree, I just thought I'd note that the porn industry HAS sided with Blu-Ray as their next-gen media of choice this time around, so we'll see if your theory proves true. I hope it does. ;)

RE: Good
By Xavian on 12/15/2006 6:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
Porn companies are as divided as the Movie studios are on the formats, there has been no unilateral choice of Blu-ray or HD-DVD.

So lets keep to the facts shall we?

RE: Good
By Drexial on 12/15/2006 8:44:04 PM , Rating: 2
yes fact check about your porn sources. i mean we wouldnt want people giving them a bad name.

RE: Good
By Xavian on 12/15/2006 10:04:55 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Good
By spluurfg on 12/16/2006 7:22:40 AM , Rating: 2
None of you guys understand. The way just about every company decides to do a recall is to decide whether it would be cheaper to do a recall or to suffer the costs of settling lawsuits.

Look at Sony's battery episode for example. They probably figured if they denied there was a problem at first they might get away with it. Then they obviously figured out they couldn't and did the recall. Their shares dipped, but I'm sure they would have lost more money on lawsuits.

Nintendo's case looks a bit less evil than Sony's -- it might cost them millions... a few bucks per wrist strap... but hey in the USA somebody's bound to sue them after a flying nintendo controller smacks their son or daughter in the head. It's the country that awarded millions to some woman who dropped hot coffee on her lap at McDonalds. Now all the coffee companies have to write 'caution, hot' on their coffee cups.

These companies are trying to make money, folks. They aren't charities (or they'd be registered as NPO's). Don't try to figure out who's more evil or less evil, just look at how timely you, the consumer, get your problems fixed. In this case, Nintendo seemed pretty fast...

RE: Good
By Samus on 12/15/2006 6:41:52 PM , Rating: 2
I am disappointed why the straps didn't have a 1MM diameter in the first place.

Wouldn't a trial market before release discover the straps are prone to failure. People have lost TV's for christ sake, because of the negligence of Nintendo being to damn cheap to make the damn thing .4mm thicker. Now look who's paying for it...EVERYONE.

RE: Good
By Nosh on 12/15/2006 6:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
Nintendo overestimated the intelligence of its consumer. They assumed people would have the sense to keep a good grip on an object you are meant to swing around. Part of the 1% with uber-sweaty hands? Buy one of those Wiimote grip gloves that have been sold since before Wii's launch.

RE: Good
By lemonadesoda on 12/17/2006 5:22:49 AM , Rating: 2
The original Wii cable is strong enough for MOST people... in fact for MOST gamers.

But the Wii has introduced many NEW people (especially girls and grandmothers) to console gaming. And it just so happens they don't have as much practice with hand coordination of remotes.

But ALSO the Wii remote is very likely, without the strap even being broken, to become an "anger projectile" to infantile (men?) who out of frustration throw the thing around... McEnroe tennis racket style.

I think the .6mm is 99.9% actually be strong enough. Nylon cord is very strong. But the .1mm makes sure there is NO possibility of damage being caused by failure... but by user error (anger management).

RE: Good
By Nil Einne on 12/18/2006 2:55:06 AM , Rating: 2
Er I could be wrong but I highly doubt the problem is related to girls and grandmothers who lack hand coordination with remotes. Hope people don't find this sexiest but I highly doubt these people are likely to be swinging the Wii remote with the force necessary for it to slide out of their sweaty palms and break the strap... No, I'm actually pretty sure the problem is in fact with some 'gamers' as you call them, who get too excited. Yes, I'm sure there are some who actually purposely throw the thing, but I suspect they're they minority.

BTW, your figures seem a bit screwed. .6mm is longer then .1mm. Perhaps the new cord is 1mm. I don't know...

RE: Good
By edge929 on 12/15/2006 9:06:08 AM , Rating: 2
I'd have to agree. They could have let this slide and looked the other way/blame it on user-error but they man-up and take the hit. On the other hand, those straps can't cost them more than 25 cents a pop, even the beefier ones.

Now we'll see how timely they can follow through.

RE: Good
By marvdmartian on 12/15/2006 9:38:54 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but isn't it sad, that some bean counter likely made them use the thinner straps, because it would save the company 5cents per unit.......and now it's going to cost the company probably $5 a unit to replace the wimpy straps with the newer (beefier) straps??

Death to lawyers and accountants!!! ;)

Oh yeah, and the first paragraph has the word braking....that should be brEaking.

RE: Good
By Oregonian2 on 12/15/2006 1:39:26 PM , Rating: 2
When you're making a million units a week, reducing cost a nickel is 50,000 dollars per week to the bottom line. 2.5 Million dollars a year. That might be the company's entire net profit for the year! :-)

In the consumer product business, nickels count (fortunately I haven't had to do for products I've worked on, it mostly was on the save-a-quarter or more sort of level).

I just suspect they didn't think people would let go of the remotes and thought the string they had was adequate. Have flying remote stories been coming out of Japan? Also may be that other cultures are a bit more aggressive/violent and fling the remotes harder/faster than the Japanese beta testers.

RE: Good
By stubeck on 12/15/2006 9:15:03 AM , Rating: 2
But MS realized there were issues with the soldering of the 360 and has offered free replacements for those affected, how is that not a similar response?

RE: Good
By encryptkeeper on 12/15/2006 10:43:55 AM , Rating: 5
Because this whole issue affected a minuscule amount of Wii owners. Plus, half that crap on has to be fake. You have a Wiimote sticking out of a TV...FAKE. The bumps and bruises, sure those can be very real, but half the broken TV's involve drunken idiots.

RE: Good
By NuroMancer on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By Furen on 12/15/2006 11:20:00 AM , Rating: 2
Why, they are obviously recalling every Wiimote strap out there. The strap itself is in no way defective, and most people using the straps are not having problems. I think that this recall will be relatively painless, something like Nintendo sending lots of straps to shops and having people just trade in their old straps for new ones.

RE: Good
By Oregonian2 on 12/15/2006 1:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
I'd be surprised if a large percentage of people actually bother getting the new strap.

RE: Good
By encryptkeeper on 12/15/2006 2:26:28 PM , Rating: 4
You shithead, the broken straps affect a small amount of users. 99.9% of Wii players know not to swing their arms like they're trying to hit a pinata. And half of the remaining .1% know to hold onto the controller.

I know I put a lot of math in there, but that leaves a very small amount of owners that are actually doing any damage due to broken straps.

RE: Good
By michal1980 on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By bplewis24 on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By michal1980 on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By StevoLincolnite on 12/15/06, Rating: 0
RE: Good
By stubeck on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By ChronoReverse on 12/15/2006 2:10:58 PM , Rating: 3
Luckily it's actually just a voluntary replacement then eh? I love the way the misinformation has spread all over the internet.

RE: Good
By cochy on 12/15/2006 9:03:44 PM , Rating: 2
These "moderations" have gotten way out of control. Posts like the last one of "LiarLiar FTW" should be voted down (which it was) but the above posts simply state someone's valid opinion not mindless trolling or spam. Honestly what's the problem? Just because you don't agree or someone has wrong information doesn't make it count less. That's why there is a reply button also.

RE: Good
By bobcpg on 12/15/2006 10:13:40 AM , Rating: 5
I feel a need to reply on this topic because when the first update to my Wii killed its ability to connect to the internet, the next day I called Nintendo support and had a BRAND NEW Wii overnighted to me. When I received this one I just sent the old one back in the prepaid box. The important thing to note is I never lost the ability to play games, much like this strap recall and unlike other manufacture failures.

I compare this to my roommate who is on his 6th XBOX 360 in the last 4 months. MS keeps sending him a refurbished one that never works out of the box and it takes 2-4 weeks for him to get a replacement each time.

RE: Good
By BZDTemp on 12/15/2006 12:28:39 PM , Rating: 2
It's not like this is a very high tech problem to solve so of course they can move fast.

RE: Good
By animedude on 12/15/2006 3:23:21 PM , Rating: 1
You have to see how serious the problem is. Those flying controller could knock a person down unconscious, and not to mention destroying expensive flat panels TV. In comparison to Sony's battery problem, Nintendo is doing a better job at solving the problem. They don't want rumor going around saying the WII controller is "very" danger.

Not Wiimotely Twue
By LiarLiarPantsOnFire on 12/15/2006 10:12:03 AM , Rating: 5
I was playing wiisports and having a pretty good time but my palms
sweat, you know, when I'm being really active so during an especially
agressive move the wiimote slipped out of my hand, flew across the
room and hit the cat. The cat, we later found out, was unharmed, but
she had been sleeping and was mighty surprised to be hit with a white
remote control type thing. Anyway, she woke up suddenly when she was
hit and lept off the couch where she had been curled up in a ball
with her tail tucked over her nose. This would have been troubling
enough, but we have a fish tank behind the couch on a nice wrought
iron stand and she landed in it. Catherine's, that's the cat's name,
splash down knocked the whole thing over, spilling water, fish,
gravel, plastic pirate ship, treasure chest, little diver guy, and
those plants (what are they called?) across the floor in a tsunami.
The wave traveled across the foyer area until it reached the wall,
then bounced back towards the couch. Catherine had just regained
her senses and leaped again to escape the returning wave, this time
landing on my wife with all claws extended in fear. My wife screamed
and stood up from the easy chair where she had been watching me play
the game, spilling Catherine to the floor and knocking over the
dried flower arrangement she insists on keeping on the end table
even though it gets knocked over all the time. Catherine took this
opportunity to escape the room, and the dried flowers fell onto one
of the few dry spots in the room. The water eventually reached the
power strip we keep under the couch for plugging in the laptop,
which then burst into sparks. Some of the sparks landed on the
dried flowers which burst into flame. My wife screamed and ran to
the door, but she slipped on a fish (poor Nemo!), fell into the
door frame knocking her head, and collapsed to the floor in a daze.
I got the kitchen fire extinguisher and managed to put of the fire,
but not before the couch got awfully scorched on that one side next
to the end table. Anyway, my wife is OK but the cat always leaves
the room when I play wiisports, and I had to vacuum all the water
out of the carpet using the shop vac until 2am. Most of the fish
survived, but the little plastic diver guy broke, and of course
Nemo was squished. It's nice Nintendo is replacing the straps, but
what about our couch, my fish, our carpet, my wife's dried flower
arrangement (which I never liked anyway, but which cost $27.50),
and the pet therapist for Catherine?

RE: Not Wiimotely Twue
By Derka on 12/15/2006 10:21:43 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Not Wiimotely Twue
By Crassus on 12/15/2006 10:49:45 AM , Rating: 2
You just made my day, dude. If that was true, we should sue Nintendo - seems like you'd have a nice tort case there. We'd get it settled - $1,000,000 for me and $2,000,000 for you :c)

RE: Not Wiimotely Twue
By Oregonian2 on 12/15/2006 1:45:37 PM , Rating: 3
You're obviously not a lawyer because you've got the split backwards.

RE: Not Wiimotely Twue
By encryptkeeper on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Not Wiimotely Twue
By theprodigalrebel on 12/15/2006 3:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
Shenanigans! Encrpytkeeper, sarcasm meter broken? :p

His username as well as the absurdity of the events he described clearly indicate that this was a great piece of satire.

Good job LiarLiar! Best post on this page!

RE: Not Wiimotely Twue
By spwrozek on 12/15/2006 10:57:37 AM , Rating: 2
I think the best part of the story is your user name. Good story too.

RE: Not Wiimotely Twue
By bplewis24 on 12/15/06, Rating: 0
RE: Not Wiimotely Twue
By Tim Thorpe on 12/16/2006 3:46:53 AM , Rating: 2
Great story man, had me in stitches...I love your user name too ;)

Its not the straps fault
By BioRebel on 12/15/2006 9:06:16 AM , Rating: 2
I still think the main problem is that people are being retarded. I have people ask me all day if I think those stories about the wrist straps are hurting the Wii...

By RussianSensation on 12/15/2006 9:38:38 AM , Rating: 5

One needs to understand that Nintendo's warning brochures, public disclaimers or even a redesign of the remote will not solve the issue of "flying remotes" in a society that needs "Hot" warning labels on coffee and is willing to sue anyone at the first opportunity (i.e. mostly in situations where problems originate from those individuals' lack of common sense above all else).

A long-term solution should be to take a portion of videogaming revenues and re-invest the money into higher levels of education in order to help increase the intelligence and aptitude of human beings as a whole.

How can a civilization in the 21st century even begin to grasp the concepts revolving human/embryo cloning, nuclear arsenal disarmament, colonization of the galaxy or the importance of conservation of the environment for future generations, if we continue to see this level of mental numbness in individuals?

RE: Its not the straps fault
By encryptkeeper on 12/15/2006 9:38:58 AM , Rating: 2
No, of course not. Retailers can't keep the things on the shelves. You'd have to be a moron to think every person who has a Wii has launched the remote into the atmosphere.

Still need a better string than the revised one?
By Etern205 on 12/15/2006 9:13:57 AM , Rating: 2
Well I do see the string is thicker, and that assumes it will be less break resistant than the original one, but
does that mean this one will definitely not break? I mean it looks kind of the game just that it's thicker. What Nintendo should have used is those titanium type of strings.
I don't think they are called "titanium strings" but you do
see them at retail stores attached to those electronic devices -camera, mp3 players, and cellphones to prevent people from stealing it.

RE: Still need a better string than the revised one?
By dave119 on 12/15/2006 9:27:37 AM , Rating: 5
It doesn't matter what sort of strap you use, none would "definitely not break". I think using a piece of aircraft cable is a little excessive.

All the strap should do is keep the thing from falling if you drop it or it slips, like a camera strap, the strap on a ski pole, etc. You're still expected to hold on to the thing.

By xsilver on 12/15/2006 11:41:18 AM , Rating: 2
well a strap attached to a ship anchor would make for some interesting conversation at least.

LOL Stupid human.
By tuanming on 12/15/2006 10:02:02 AM , Rating: 3
Some people must have a brain the size of a peanut. ;) I mean it take a lot of force to really snap that freaking stripe! A normal person would not have that type of strength to break the stripe of the Wii-remote just by swinging it...

RE: LOL Stupid human.
By Takeoff250 on 12/15/2006 10:55:15 AM , Rating: 2
Well I don't see it that way. If you have kids playing in front of you hd tv, after one or two years of use I think you would like to be sure that the straps are really really strong! :)

RE: LOL Stupid human.
By Hypernova on 12/15/2006 7:08:49 PM , Rating: 2
All current cases have the idiots as adults though. It is quite obvious Nintendo over estimated a grown American man's average intelligence.

Or just not get out of control?
By Master Kenobi on 12/15/2006 8:48:37 AM , Rating: 2
Yea...... So maybe we shouldnt go nuts with the wiimote and use it responsibly. >.>

RE: Or just not get out of control?
By regpfj on 12/15/2006 9:18:27 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. You don't really need to flail the thing or swing it around at full strength - a flick of the wrist is often more effective and less likely to break things.

This is not a recall...
By d33pblue on 12/15/2006 9:04:23 AM , Rating: 3
According to a statement by the Nintendo rep here:

A recall actually implies there is something wrong with the product. Frankly I think there wouldnt even be an issue here if people werent such idiots about getting crazy with these things.

RE: This is not a recall...
By stubeck on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: This is not a recall...
By cochy on 12/15/2006 9:07:24 PM , Rating: 2 think there's is something WRONG with the Wii? How dare you! You can now be modded down to the gutter with your opinion. /sarcasm

Aaah Yes.. But.
By rupaniii on 12/15/2006 10:43:21 AM , Rating: 2
Is Nintendo replacing those select TV's?

RE: Aaah Yes.. But.
By rcc on 12/15/2006 11:54:25 AM , Rating: 2
Gee I hope not. Perhaps Nintendo should send them an invoice for life training services?

Rubberised Wiimotes?
By christyvarghese2004 on 12/15/2006 2:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering if Nintendo could supply some rubberised/silicone cover for the Remote which gamers can grip onto regardless of how sweaty their palms might be. Well, something along them lines anyway. Like some iPod covers.

RE: Rubberised Wiimotes?
By VooDooAddict on 12/18/2006 12:11:30 PM , Rating: 1
There are 3rd party covers.

Partly the Peoples Fault
By Derka on 12/15/2006 9:59:38 AM , Rating: 2
Now that I've gone back and thought about it, I haven't had a problem with the strap. I believe you can place this recall solely on user error. The controllers weren't designed to have people going crazy with them. But I guess based on human nature Nintendo should of seen this coming.

By KeithTalent on 12/15/2006 12:00:54 PM , Rating: 2
braking sending the controller flying.

If they were actually "braking" there would be no broken TVs and no recall. ;-)

I don't understand really...
By cochy on 12/15/2006 2:11:28 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously it makes sense to have a strap of high enough quality and strength not to break. But isn't the wiimote supposed to be used while someone is holding on to it? It order for it to first break the strap and second to go flying across a room, you would have to loosen your grip enough or simply let go of it all together. Why would someone do that? Perhaps as someone mentioned here, the root of the problem is sweaty palms ? Nintendo might want to consider putting a piece of hand grip on the back side of the wiimote. The strap is a last resort safety measure. The wiimotes are obviously slipping out of grips, otherwise the 1st gen straps wouldn't be breaking in the first place. Solve the root problem. In any event, there's nothing wrong with a beefier strap.

By BudgetGamer2006 on 12/15/2006 3:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
How the hell are these morons breaking their straps when you have to hold the controller like a stick? Perhaps they should part with their greasy Doritos while playing Wii?

By raphd on 12/15/2006 11:31:48 PM , Rating: 2
i have a Wii. you really have to be abusing the controller to break that strap. The only the controller would break for all these people is if they put it on there hand and spun it around like retards to see how funny they can make the game look.

It is good they replaced it though. Now lets wait for the next topic. "I broke my arm playing the Wii. Nintendo Please build me a arm guard."

Dailytech recalls journalist
By Gastrian on 12/16/2006 3:54:33 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, I'm sick to death of these "sensationalist" non-news items. There is NO recall on wii-mote straps, you even say so in the article, so why put it in the headline? Are you that desperate for hits?

Nintendo is offering a free replacement for those that break or where the customer is worried, that is a good-will extension of a warranty, nothing more. A product recall is where a company acknowledges a fault with a product, Nintendo has denied that the product is faulty and that the problem is a user error. Therefore there is no product recall on the wii-mote strap. I expect this level of journalism from a tabloid, not a respected hardware site.

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