Nintendo faces Wiimote and DS power adapter recall

By Justin Mann on December 15, 2006, 2:29 PM
Some of Sony's bad luck must be rubbing off on Nintendo, who now faces a costly recall in the form of 3.2 million Wiimote straps and 200,000 DS power adapters. Due to complaints about weak straps and customers damaging equipment when using the Wiimote, Nintendo has offered to voluntarily recall and replace the straps on all 3.2 million shipped units. Calling it a global problem, the Wii's strap has made headlines and even inspired websites dedicated to showcasing the damage people are doing to TVs and other equipment when using the controller. To fix the issue, Nintendo is increasing the diameter of the strap significantly, making it much more difficult to break.

As for the DS, it seems a batch of power adapters has issues with overheating, and while no fire or injuries have been reported, they're opting to recall the units. According to the article, Nintendo could be looking at a half million to $1.7 million to replace the power adapters. No word on how much the strap recall will cost them.

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canadian said:
This is horrible, the reason they are breaking is because users are stupid! You dont just flail as hard as you can! What do you expect when you throw it as hard as you can and let go!
TimeParadoX said:
I agree with you Canadian, People who break their WiiStraps are retarded... I mean you're NOT suppose to let go and expect it not to break at some pointI played a Wii and I never broke the strap or my Tv so people who are crying over a Wiimote breaking is just stupid
spydercanopus said:
Save nintendo's money. Keep your wii little strap.
gladiatornero said:
Yes guys i agree with you paradox and canadian.How can some be so stupid to let such things happen.Or are they nerds getting to excited during the game? if so then they need a doctor not a new stronger strap haha
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