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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 bplewis24 on 12/15/2006 4:13:14 PM , Rating: -1
If you would read you'd notice I never said the defect was praised. Please get it right if you're going to base the majority of your post on that sentence. I explicitly stated that they are being praised for doing the recall of the product.

Your entire post is downplaying the defect (look up the word in the dictionary) and blaming it on user error, just like Nintendo has done and JUST like another poster has said Sony does (which is supposed to be the differentiation between the two companies.

Lastly you also give them credit for delaying shipments because of the defect of the product which is pure irony at it's finest.

What's very funny is that I got voted down for my post, and this one will too. Anything not praising Nintendo or actually using facts or objectivity is not welcome here. How awesome! :)

Brandon


RE: Good
By aGreenAgent on 12/15/2006 5:44:42 PM , Rating: 3
Well, your last statement is just as far from being objective.

Regardless of if/when Nintendo screwed up something related to the Wii, Sony messed up enough that they've gone from a publicly well-liked company to one that is causing a backlash.

The strap on the remote is even a feature. Most people I know just took theirs off to begin with. So yes, it's bad that Nintendo put on a strap that couldn't handle people throwing the Wiimote full speed (which it may or may not have been designed to do - but they probably should have anticipated people doing it), it's not a big deal, since you can just hold onto the remote like you're supposed to.

Anyway, my point is that there is a bit of a bias towards the Wii, but it's not undeserved. A couple years ago you couldn't get people to say anything good about Nintendo, only how the GameCube should be their last console.

Nintendo pulled themselves up and made people like them again. Sony had everybody liking them then threw it away. People aren't biased because they're stupid or something, it's because Sony has been seemingly trying to anger their customers with lousy products and arrogant press statements, and Nintendo issued a recall over something as inconsequential as a wrist strap.


RE: Good
By Chase Tacos on 12/18/2006 9:42:36 AM , Rating: 2
JTLYK
The only reason why you got voted down because of it is because you came out as a total ass about it insted of just SAYING you were just BITCHING and started an argument/conflict.
Quit being so stuck up with everything and maybe you would get the respect youd enjoy.


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