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  1. #1 Nintendo recalls 3.2M straps for Wii controllers 
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTV.ca
    CTV.ca News Staff

    Nintendo will replace the straps on 3.2 million controllers for its newest video game offering after a number of complaints that the Wii console's wand-like controller is flying out of gamers' hands during use.

    Depending on the game being played, the trademark device can be used to mimic the action of a tennis racket, baseball bat or sword.

    The Wii, which sells for $279.00 at Best Buy stores in Canada, went on sale in November, just in time for the Christmas rush. But soon afterwards, gamers began reporting cases of the device's wrist strap snapping during game play.

    "A lot of people are saying that strap has not been well made, and is actually snapping and people are throwing their controllers into their televisions and breaking their $3,000 plasmas," said CTV's technology expert Kris Abel.

    Nintendo is now offering customers a free strap exchange, replacing the original one, which has a 0.6 millimetre diameter, for a thicker 1 millimetre diameter replacement, said company spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa.

    The replacement offer is valid worldwide, and is expected to cost the company about $1 million. A request form can be found on the company's website here.

    "People tended to get a bit excited, especially while playing Wii sports and in some cases the control would come loose from their hands," Minagawa said. "The new strap will be almost twice as thick."

    Some photos and videos that have appeared on the Internet show the strap flying out of the gamer's hand during play, or the final result -- a Wii controller apparently jammed into a smashed television screen. A number of the photos appear to be doctored, Abel said.

    "I would say probably -- if not all of them -- the majority of these cases are people who have either doctored their photos or taken a hammer to their television and they're looking for Nintendo to buy them a whole brand new plasma or LCD television, that's my feeling on it," Abel said.

    He suggested Nintendo is offering the trade-up as a "cautionary" move to stave off potential lawsuits.

    In the two years he has been covering the development of the Wii console, Abel said he has seen no examples of the strap breaking, and the development shouldn't deter people from purchasing the product.

    Nintendo released a press release about the problem, saying the straps are effective if the controllers are used properly:

    "The Wii Remote is meant to be gripped, and the wrist straps are a secondary measure," the press release states.

    "We have found that some consumers get more excited playing Wii Sports than we could have imagined. This resulted in a very small number of wrist straps breaking. We have replaced the broken wrist straps and continue to reinforce with consumers the safe and fun use of our products."

    Nintendo recalled 200,000 AC adapters for its DS and DS Lite consoles in Japan on Friday, saying the recall would not affect adapters overseas.

    Officials expected only a small impact on earnings.
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    Ouch is all I have to say.
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    What a stupid mistake by nintendo, but then again this is what you'd expect from first versions of consoles. its part of the chances people take when buying newly released consoles, just like 360's psu heat problem
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    mishaps are bound to happen when you buy the console the week it comes out and when you pretty much throw the controller to make movements.
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    at least its not a bad recall, where you have to wait to get a new console. im sure many people went out and got a new strap, i would of used the psp one since it has a good length and its just about impossible to break liek the wii one does.
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