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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 michal1980 on 12/15/2006 3:20:57 PM , Rating: -1
I wish the people that are defended a obvious defect in the Wii, would defend sony's batteries with the same passion.

The same number of defective batteries are out there as there are defective straps.

Yet whats more complicated? a strap, or a battery. Nintendo bombed on the simplest part of the system.

And how can on one hand you defend the super controller that was made for 'swing' + 'Punching' etc. But then say all you need to do is flick your wrist.

look at all the comericals, people swinging, pitching ect.

I though the point was to make it more like real life 'easier' and 'more natural' to control. Yet people should reduce the movement to a flick of the wrist?

stupid.

nintendo f-ed up, accept it.


RE: Good
By bplewis24 on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: Good
By michal1980 on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
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By StevoLincolnite on 12/15/06, Rating: 0
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