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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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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.

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