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Nintendo warned players of its new Wii video game console not to get too carried away when swinging the controller as they could accidently throw it into their television sets.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061207/od_afp/afpentertainmentjapan_061207170816

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Penny Arcade's take on this

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You have to be swinging it pretty damned hard to crack the TV screen. Unreasonably hard. I don't think it's necessarily a flaw in the strap that it can't hold up to that sort of force.
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The game system does warn you before you start playing to put on the wrist strap and hang on tight. I don't have much sympathy for people who break their TV this way. (although wouldn't they be more likely to break the remote?)

I guess if people have a problem with swinging too hard, they could find another wrist strap and use two.

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Update: They've recalled the wrist straps to replace them with tougher ones because apparently this has been happening much too much.

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Update: They've recalled the wrist straps to replace them with tougher ones because apparently this has been happening much too much.

It's not a 'recall' - Nintendo has offered to send you up to four thicker straps free of charge and only 20 worldwide have used the offer so far.

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http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/

http://youtube.com/watch?v=z_gNN0qY_ZI

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I ordered the new wrist straps because I have a nine-year-old who plays Wii Bowling like she's trying to fling a 30 lb ball. If she ever let go of the remote and the strap broke she'd take out half the family room. [lol]

My take on the situation is this: sure, it's pretty dumb to let go of the remote and fling it into the TV. However, Nintendo realized this was a likely thing to happen; hence the inclusion of the wrist straps and the many many warnings to use said straps. Well, some of the straps aren't doing what they're supposed to do - keep the remote attached to you even if you let go. Do I think Nintendo had a HUGE problem? No, I think they had a handful (pardon the pun) of straps fail. In fact, the replacement form mentions that consoles shipped in early- to mid- December already had the thicker cords.

Nintendo heard griping that the straps broke, and they're fixing it. Proactive customer service, yay!

ETA: Mr. Billion, I've seen dozens of the pictures of broken TVs, windows, etc. - and only one picture of a broken remote. Apparently those remotes are pretty sturdy little buggers.

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Originally posted by Bug Muldoon:
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Originally posted by Mr. Billion:
Update: They've recalled the wrist straps to replace them with tougher ones because apparently this has been happening much too much.

It's not a 'recall' - Nintendo has offered to send you up to four thicker straps free of charge and only 20 worldwide have used the offer so far.
Heh, yeah. True. I should have spoken more precisely. Sorry, I just got stuck in the frame of calling it a "recall" because the local paper printed a small article "cleverly" calling it a "wiicall."

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Nintendo heard griping that the straps broke, and they're fixing it. Proactive customer service, yay!
And good marketing. Basically, they are saying "Our game is so exciting that you'll be flinging controllers all over the place if you don't have a sturdy wrist strap!". It's not like that would happen with a boring game, with or without strap.

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Then somebody invited the lawyers to the party.

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Nintendo’s failure to include a remote that is free from defects is in breach of Nintendo’s own product warranty.

Is not the intent of a warranty that a manufacturer will repair/replace any defective units or components that inevitably arise during mass-manufacturing? The fact that Nintendo will on request send owners new straps indicates they have honoured this.

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It's not the remote that's defective either. Like I said, those things seem to be pretty unbreakable. I'm not even sure that the wrist straps in general are defective.

Maybe some of the players are defective. [Big Grin] I'm including myself in that statement, even though I haven't broken anything - yet.

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