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Leading game console manufacturer Nintendo Co. on Friday said it would replace straps for wireless controllers of Wii game machine that are subject to break off. The company also released full details of the replacement procedures.

Nintendo Wii game consoles utilize wireless motion-sensitive game controllers that have a wrist strap to avoid their damage in case users release them from their hands accidentally. The straps that are supposed to preserve against flying “Wiimotes” sometimes break off, causing damage or even injuries of users.

Already famous blog called reports about damaged flat-panel TV-sets, broken glasses, bruises and other issues caused by flying wireless motion-sensitive game controllers.

In order to replace the strap, users need to fill-in a form located at Nintendo’s web-site. The game console makerexpects to begin shipping replacement straps around December 21st and states that it will take 5 to 9 days for delivery depending on the user location.

Nintendo Wii shipped starting in early December already utilized the newer version of the strap, hence, many users in the U.S. and Japan do not need to replace the strap. It is unclear which straps are supplied to customers in the European Union, but the number of straps to be replaced is claimed to be 3.20 million.

Nintendo Wii console features IBM’s custom PowerPC architecture-based microprocessor named Broadway clocked at 729MHz and code-named Hollywood chip with built-in graphics core, DSP and I/O features from ATI that operates at 243MHz, earlier reports suggested. Nintendo Wii uses 91MB of memory in total: 23MB of “main” 1T-SRAM, 64MB of “external” 1T-SRAM and 3MB texture buffer on the GPU. Nintendo’s Wii does not feature a hard disk drive, instead, it boasts with 512MB of flash memory, but the console will also have a card reader, which will allow installing more memory.

Nintendo set the recommended retail price of ?25 000 (about $211) in Japan, $249 in the U.S. and ?249 ($325) in Europe.


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