Nintendo To Solve Wii Strap Break Problem By Selling More Wiis


    “Nintendo’s president acknowledged Thursday the just-launched Wii video-game machine may have a problem with a strap that secures its trademark wandlike remote-controller to the player’s wrist.

    President Satoru Iwata also said Nintendo may raise its sales target for the Wii, which is selling out at retailers since it went on sale in recent weeks in the U.S. and Japan.”

“Ah yes, we have received “unverified reports” of strap breaking. Our solution: sell more Wiis.” *

How low will Iwata bow to consumers after he decides to make stronger straps? We’re putting money on an 80 degree incline, from a sitting position. — BEN POPKEN

Nintendo chief investigating Wii strap problem, may raise sales target [AP]

* This is a completely disingenuous connection, but it’s what kinda pops in your brain when you look at it.


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  1. Xkeeper says:

    That picture is from the Japanese Wii manual…

    Of course, you’re creating connections where none exist — they’re raising the sales target because it’s selling like hotcakes.

    The “mystical flying Wii controller” phenomenon is just because people who are (drunk, stupid, butter fingers, pick two) wave it around like morons.

  2. enzo says:

    That’s a fine solution to an inexistant problem. If you’re using the wiimote like you’re supposed to and it slips out of your hand, the strap will not break, and if it does, the thing will not have enough force to break anything. If you’re flinging your arm as fast as you can, yeah, you’re gonna risk breaking the line and breaking your tv.

  3. Good design, though, will account for a product not being used as it is supposed to be used. Guns have safeties after all. The Wii can have a stronger strap.

  4. PsychicPsycho3 says:

    Yes, guns have safeties, and the Wii remote has a strap.

  5. MattyMatt says:

    It is rather hard to enjoy Wii Sports if you’re constantly reminding yourself to make calm, measured gestures — imagine trying to play baseball in slow-motion. It would be nice if it was safe to make big wild motions with the controller, because sometimes that’s what’s fun.

  6. Sudonum says:

    Just think of a stronger strap on a Wii as like the trigger lock.

  7. 80 degree incline? From a sitting position? I mean you’re assuming a max of 90 degrees at most there but from a standing position I expect 120 degrees for him to be fully sincere.

  8. pinkyfairy says:

    I really don’t understand how the wii’s controller end up flying into a tv screen. To the best of my knowledge don’t you have to hold on to the controller and the strap is a safeguard. How dumb can you possible be to just let go and have it go flying?