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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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RE: This is not a recall...
By stubeck on 12/15/2006 9:17:08 AM , Rating: -1
There is something wrong with the product, the strap isn't strong enough. Even the new one isn't amazing, but it looks like its actually made to do something now versus the old one. I went to play at a friends and was amazed at the strap. At no point did we actually have to use it (because we're not retarded) but a game where you're "throwing" pitches and the like should have a better system in place to protect it better.


RE: This is not a recall...
By cochy on 12/15/2006 9:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
lol..you 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


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