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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: 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.

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