Nintendo beefs up Wiimote’s strap after controllers go flying

“Seems customers are discovering that Nintendo’s new Wii gaming console, which debuted last month and has a signature game controller that responds to users’ body movements, may have an unintended side effect: game controllers flying around living rooms and smashing into lamps, windows, televisions and foreheads,” Tom Zeller, Jr. reports for The New York Times.

“The wireless controller, called the Wii Remote, is designed to attach to the wrist with a strap, and permits users to emulate the motions of games they are playing — a bowling stroke, say, or a tennis serve. Many users, though, are apparently using the game with more enthusiasm, perhaps, than Nintendo’s testers anticipated, and they are apparently saying the strap breaks a bit too easily,” Zeller, Jr. reports.

Full article here. has photos of, naturally, Wii damage here:

“Looks like Nintendo has learned a bit after reports of Wii Remotes crashing into TV sets. They’ve increased the thickness of the remotes in the latest shipment of Wii’s that was recently released in Australia,” Nick Starr reports.

Photos of the new, beefier straps here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “wandering joe” and “skepticus” for the heads up.]
Not Apple-related, but may be interesting to some MDN readers. We’re following the story of Nintendo’s Wii for pretty obvious reasons.

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  1. Some of these hoax Wii damage photos on the web are hilarious, but some appear to be taken seriously by various press.

    Can you imagine the force it would take to embed that Wiimote in that TV? And to not have a scratch on the Wiimote itself?

    It’s amazing what people will do to get up a class action.

    Wonder if we’ll also be seeing …

    my Wii is discolored

    my Nunchuck has scratches

  2. Hate to be a “me too” post but, seriously, WTF are people doing with these things? My five year old has been spazzing out with it for two weeks. The strap hasn’t broken and he hasn’t even dropped it or thrown it.

  3. I was, like, playing with my Wii, and like, the thing just shot outta my hands and then, like, it hit the tube and, dude, my old man was sooo pisssed, cause he was waitin to see Babewatch, only now, the the picture has more cracks than a Brittany Spears photo op.

    Those cats at Nintendo owe me some serious dough, man, or my name ain’t K-SilverSpoonFed.


    MW:medical, as in “I need some dough for the ass-whoopin I got, too.”

  4. This sure looks like Microsoft’s FUD department working overtime. They scratched the hell out of the G1 Nanos and even supplied the lawyers for the class action suits.

    Are they that afraid of the Wii that they are at it again?

  5. “These people are obviously morons.”

    Hear hear. What the heck are they doing with those wiimotes, are they impaling their TVs with intent? But those photos are obviously fake (or else they’re throwing their wiimotes with a fprce of 1000… somethings).

  6. The Wii tells you EVERY time you turn it on — before you begin to play— to use the wrist strap.

    So. The ‘people’ making these claims are either stupid, or they’re liars.

    Or both… I can’t decide.

    An Occam’s Razor Paradox? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. “The Wii tells you EVERY time you turn it on — before you begin to play— to use the wrist strap.”

    Bloke, the point is apparently the wrist straps are not doing their jobs, in other words, they break. Kind of like having a seat belt that snaps when you get in a car accident. It defeats the whole purpose of having a wrist strap. Consumers should be able to rely on the strap to do it’s job.

    Those of you who don’t believe the stories of wrist straps breaking are true, ask yourself this question: Why did Nintendo make the newer straps beefier than the original ones?

    Quit calling the users stupid and accept the fact that maybe Nintendo screwed up on the strap’s original design.

  8. A very strange situation indeed, the thickness of the strap really isn’t the issue, but ‘tensile strength’. A thin, lightweight cord, that wouldn’t break even under extreme human stress should have been developed. I would guess the strap would have been put through some type of ‘stress test’ machine beforehand as early as the design phase. It’s possible, but it would be sad if Nintendo has non-existent or incompetent quality control.

  9. …Can you imagine the force it would take to embed that Wiimote in that TV?

    After seeing a teen’s effort hardly reach the pins a couple of times, I believe it. He was determined to make good on his third try, now that a crowd had gathered at the store.

    Eyes on target (a Samsung flat screen), he takes his arm back, starts walking forward, [ remember: “I want a strike, now” ] … swings … and … and … release! THERE SHE GOOoohhhsSSShit!!

    He didn’t release the controller, of course, but I remember thinking that if a customer had walked into range, he would’ve knocked him out.

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