Nintendo Recalls Wii, DS
Just when the Nintendo Wii was settling in as the tech media darling this holiday season, the company has been forced to recall some 3.2 million of the wrist straps that hang from each of the console's controllers. In addition, 200,000 of the Nintendo DS' AC adapters have also been called back amongst allegations that they're overheating on customers. It's a one-two, left-right of bad press for the company, which recently sold 350,000 Wiis over two days of availability in the European market.
Although no Wii lawsuit has yet to be reported, it may just be a matter of time before the company faces legal trouble for the faulty wrist attachments. There's no word yet on what the recall will mean, logistically. If Nintendo must replace the full Wii controller, or "Wiimote", then the price will be very dear. Each "Wiimote" retails for about $39.99 USD.
Costs of the DS' AC adapter replacement are known, however. It's expected that Nintendo will be forced to cough up between $850,000 to $1.7 million in order to swap the affected power supplies. At this time there's no word on who will bear the brunt of the cost, Nintendo or the AC adapter's original supplier, Nagano Japan Radio.
In addition to the reported 350,000 Wii units sold, 515,000 DS' allegedly flew off European store shelves. Nintendo proudly announced that these numbers made the DS handheld the hottest selling system in any market in one week's time.
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The dual recalls come shortly after Nintendo elatedly forecasted its operating profits for the period ending in March, 2007. In between now and that time the company expects it will show an impressive profit of some 145 billion yen.
With Nintendo's shares outperforming the Nikkei average prior to the recall announcement, it's unclear what the replacement promises will mean for its (currently white-hot) holiday sales of the Wii and DS.