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Old vs New
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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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 ;)

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