Replacement wrist straps, packaging, and safety information
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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.