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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 stromgald on 12/15/2006 12:21:06 PM , Rating: -1
Nintendo cares about their customers and Sony cares about the money. You can see this in everything Sony does.

bplewis is right. Saying that Nintendo cares about customers more than Sony is a load of ****. I am happy with Nintendo's timely response compared to Sony's, but to say they care more than Sony is reading too much into things.

Nintendo's just a smaller company with a few major products, Wii and DS. When one of them is faulty, they'll move faster to resolve things. Sony and Microsoft are much larger companies with more products to worry about. From that standpoint its acutally understandable that they might be slower in responding if one of their numerous products has a flaw. It doesn't make it right, but it's just something you have to live with when buying from big company.


RE: Good
By Drexial on 12/15/2006 1:18:23 PM , Rating: 3
yes they are larger companies, but each product or series of products has its own department. the people making TVs arent working in the same department that makes the SIXAXIS controller. so the battery has its own division that should have its own set of quality control procedures. the problem isnt as much with with the products of sony, its with their ego. thier advertising department is horrible, their our way or the highway attitude is annoying, and the fact that they "know how to do everything better" is obnoxious. while in most cases they make damn good products, they are soo self centered about it. now while i understand thats the whole idea of a company is to push itself. but it would seem sony never learned from their mistakes with the marketing and distribution from betamax. i had a beta player and loved it, the tapes took up less space, the quality was better. BUT the tapes were expensive as hell and hard to find. i find it amusing that the biggest hit to sony was probably the porn industry standardizing on the VHS tape. but just when you hope sony would have learned they made their own storage disc with the mini disc players. but here we are with blu-ray and they are selling it at over twice the price at the extremes. now im not saying they dont make good products in most cases (their TVs and car audio suck) but they arent worth the price differences in most cases. the PS3 im surprised survived the way it seems to have, mostly just the supply issues. but if it werent for their arrogance people wouldnt have as much of an issue with them. Nintento doesnt have any sort of arrogance, their marketing for the Wii was "play it" thats it, play it and you will see how much fun it is. the PS3 was "this is the best gaming system EVER it will cook breakfast far you, do your dishes. remember that media center computer.... its a paperweight in comparison." and thats why people dont react as harshly to nintendo as they do sony and MS (i did so many examples for sony that i didnt feel like doing any for MS, but they have the same problem sony does)


RE: Good
By stromgald on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By Drexial on 12/15/2006 8:43:08 PM , Rating: 4
you have no idea how bad it would have been if firefox didnt check for spelling :-p


RE: Good
By Alpha4 on 12/15/2006 5:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
Heh. I couldn't help but observe your theory that the porn industry siding with VHS was a boon to the format's success. While I don't disagree, I just thought I'd note that the porn industry HAS sided with Blu-Ray as their next-gen media of choice this time around, so we'll see if your theory proves true. I hope it does. ;)


RE: Good
By Xavian on 12/15/2006 6:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
Porn companies are as divided as the Movie studios are on the formats, there has been no unilateral choice of Blu-ray or HD-DVD.

So lets keep to the facts shall we?


RE: Good
By Drexial on 12/15/2006 8:44:04 PM , Rating: 2
yes fact check about your porn sources. i mean we wouldnt want people giving them a bad name.


RE: Good
By Xavian on 12/15/2006 10:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
source?


"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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