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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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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.

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