Nintendo Recalls Millions of Wii Remote Wrist Straps

Nintendo is offering to replace the original version of the wrist straps for the Wii Remote with a newer version. We have received some reports that when consumers swing the Wii Remote with the original version of the wrist-strap using excessive force and accidentally let go, the cord connecting the controller to the wrist strap can break, potentially causing the Wii Remote to strike bystanders or objects. Because Wii consoles shipped starting in early December already utilized the newer version of the strap, you will need to determine which version of the strap you have before ordering a replacement. To determine if you need the newer version of the strap, or to place an order for a replacement, click here.

News source: Nintendo of America
Link: Order Your Free Strap Replacements (US and Canada)

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Quote - Jexel said @ #12
How about the rest of the world?


I'm sure they'll get the new straps, too. Nintendo wouldn't want the added cost of manufacturing two different strap types.

lol it is fun to swing hard, I've only lost control of the Wiimote once. Playing baseball and took a swing and it slipped right out. Luckily I had the strap on and it caught it, I was all *Phew* "so that's what it's for" :P

Well, I don't own a Wii, but a friend of mine does. I can understand being really into the game, stressful parts of the game and body movement causing your hands to sweat. All it takes is a good slip of the controller and it's gone..

At least Nintendo's working to provide quality service, and that my friends is NEVER a bad move.

I've played with the Wii and you really really REALLY don't need to swing the wiimote that hard at all, it's very sensitive and anyone who's destroyed their TV due to swinging it so hard brought it upon themselves.
In fact, from my experience, if you swing it too hard then it doesn't register some movement at all, so you're best taking it a bit slower (play Wii Golf on Wii sports and you'll see exactly what I mean).
I think Nintendo is going well out of their way here and fair play to them, I just hope the idiots that swing their stuff too hard appreciate it.

Quote - Kushan said @ #1
I've played with the Wii and you really really REALLY don't need to swing the wiimote that hard at all, it's very sensitive and anyone who's destroyed their TV due to swinging it so hard brought it upon themselves.
In fact, from my experience, if you swing it too hard then it doesn't register some movement at all, so you're best taking it a bit slower (play Wii Golf on Wii sports and you'll see exactly what I mean).
I think Nintendo is going well out of their way here and fair play to them, I just hope the idiots that swing their stuff too hard appreciate it.

You may not need to swing it hard but it sure is fun to!

It's not like the strap is meant to catch the control when you let go off it anyway, you're not supposed to let go of it,.

it's just so you can have it haneg there when not playing inbetween rounds and such. I'm pretty sure a 1 mm as opposed to the 0.6 mm "wire" will still break at the force being applied when idiots play games at full force and let go...

I'd say the strap is there to catch the control as a preventative measure in the odd case that you do loose control otherwise there wouldnt be any warnings directing you to use the strap at all times. Of course you shouldnt be using that as an excuse to launch it and catch it with the strap but I do think it should hold.

What, this is a joke right?


Sure, I know there's been casualties, and lots of them, but seriously.....

I think people are taking their console'ing a bit tooooooo far :P

well most people would be taking it pretty serious if they lost a few thousand dollars worth of a TV set which warrenty may not even cover since it was directly your fault it broke.

Quote - Smigit said @ #1.1
well most people would be taking it pretty serious if they lost a few thousand dollars worth of a TV set which warrenty may not even cover since it was directly your fault it broke.

And there it is ladies and gentlement: "it was directly your fault it broke." It was not Nintendo's fault, it was yours. You broke your HDTV? You hit your spouse in the face with a wiimote? Its your fault, live with it moron.

This isn't directed towards Smigit at all. I <3 Smigit. It's directed towards the idiot consumers who whip around their wiimote needlessly and expect others to take the blame when they do something stupid.

Quote - spacer said @ #1.2

And there it is ladies and gentlement: "it was directly your fault it broke." It was not Nintendo's fault, it was yours. You broke your HDTV? You hit your spouse in the face with a wiimote? Its your fault, live with it moron.

This isn't directed towards Smigit at all. I <3 Smigit. It's directed towards the idiot consumers who whip around their wiimote needlessly and expect others to take the blame when they do something stupid.


i think nintendo's trying to cover their tracks from when one of these retards who threw a remote through their tv tries to sue them.

Quote - spacer said @ #1.2

And there it is ladies and gentlement: "it was directly your fault it broke." It was not Nintendo's fault, it was yours. You broke your HDTV? You hit your spouse in the face with a wiimote? Its your fault, live with it moron.

This isn't directed towards Smigit at all. I <3 Smigit. It's directed towards the idiot consumers who whip around their wiimote needlessly and expect others to take the blame when they do something stupid.

Haha, you completly read it wrong.

" "it was directly your fault it broke." It was not Nintendo's fault, it was yours. "

It obviously says "your" and you argued against it saying that it is your fault? Ha. :P

Oh please :rolleyes:

The Nintendo Wii's targer audience is children. They should have taken the fact that children will be using the Wii Remote and some do not have very strong grips.

I think it is smart and noble of Nintendo to correct this by offering this recall.

Try to think outside your small worlds.

Quote - Shadrack said @ #1.5
Oh please :rolleyes:

The Nintendo Wii's targer audience is children. They should have taken the fact that children will be using the Wii Remote and some do not have very strong grips.

I think it is smart and noble of Nintendo to correct this by offering this recall.

Try to think outside your small worlds.


Children aren't the ones breaking straps, in case you haven't noticed. You also don't seem to grasp what the Wii's target audience really is.

Quote - Danrarbc641 said @ #1.6

Children aren't the ones breaking straps, in case you haven't noticed. You also don't seem to grasp what the Wii's target audience really is.

what? you mean the kiddie-looking low quality visuals games that the wii has are for older people who have HDTVs but can't utilize them because the wii doesn't do anything close to HD as it's like an animated comic book which you get to directly participate in? i know there will always be people who buy the consoles which dont fall into the target audience range, but come on.. the wii isn't even directly competitive with true next-gen consoles (360 and PS3) because all the games aim to look toonish and very unrealistic, sporting no bells and whistles like the true next-gen consoles have.
will i eventually get a wii? absolutely! why? because i love playing the old sidescrolling marios and the mariokart games.. so to make my point clear.. why do i want to play those games on the wii? because its nostalgic.. it reminds me of when i was a kid! there.. that's the target audience.

Quote - nfin1ty said @ #1.7

what? you mean the kiddie-looking low quality visuals games that the wii has are for older people who have HDTVs but can't utilize them because the wii doesn't do anything close to HD as it's like an animated comic book which you get to directly participate in? i know there will always be people who buy the consoles which dont fall into the target audience range, but come on.. the wii isn't even directly competitive with true next-gen consoles (360 and PS3) because all the games aim to look toonish and very unrealistic, sporting no bells and whistles like the true next-gen consoles have.
will i eventually get a wii? absolutely! why? because i love playing the old sidescrolling marios and the mariokart games.. so to make my point clear.. why do i want to play those games on the wii? because its nostalgic.. it reminds me of when i was a kid! there.. that's the target audience.

go troll elsewhere, just because the graphics may not be as intense as the xbox 360 or ps3 doesn't make the wii any less of a next gen console. Graphics does not portray how good the game is, the gameplay does. Nintendo is trying something innovative in which games are being played and if you see that as a problem then so be it.