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Nintendo Wii Remote wrist strap replacement

Replacement wrist straps, packaging, and safety information

Amidst rising reports of broken TVs and injured players, Nintendo is offering to replace 3.2 million original Wii Remote wrist straps with a newer, stronger version.

Nintendo, which is facing at least one lawsuit over damage caused by a reported wrist strap breakage, firmly asserts that this action is a replacement, not a "recall", of the original strap. The company is also taking efforts to "reinforce with consumers the proper use of the Wii Remote" according to Nintendo.

Not wanting to risk any potential Wii-related catastrophes (other than my sinking bowling average) I filled out Nintendo's online replacement form. Within a few weeks, my two replacement straps arrived.

Credit: Bill Detwiler

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Some people have categorized Nintendo's replacement of the Wii Remote wrist straps as an admission that the original straps were too thin. Furthermore, many assert that Nintendo also knew the original straps were too thin before the Wii went on sale, as they replaced the straps on later Wiis. Nintendo claimed in December 15th US CPSC press release that "all Wii video game systems purchased after December 11, 2006 should have the new 1.0 mm cord." Unfortunately, I can attest to the inaccuracy of this claim. I purchased a Wii on January 12, which still has the old wrist strap. While I haven't had any problems, I curious to know if any other TechRepublic Wii owners have.


It went flying out of my daughter's hands as she was bowling. Luckily, it didn't break anything, but it sure surprised all of us. I have a feeling that even the new straps will eventually break.