On Friday, Nintendo started a drive to replace broken and faulty wrist straps for their new console, the Wii. This replacement plan was prompted by multiple reports of damaged home equipment and personal injuries caused by over-exuberant players. The manufacturing fault in the straps has caused them to break and make the controllers fly out of players’ hands and into the faces of family and friends… if they’re lucky. Otherwise, the “Wiimote” has been known to damage expensive home theater equipment and other household items.
Nintendo has also stated that it plans to replace approximately 200,000 power adapters for its Nintendo DS and DS Lite hand-held systems because they may overheat and cause damage. The replacement plans are expected to cost Nintendo several million dollars, but the company should see very little negative impact on its earnings.
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