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At least this makes me feel a little better for not having the $$ to buy a Nintendo Wii. Silly me, choosing to pay for tuition and schoolbooks instead. Who am I kidding? I still want a Wii, broken screens or not.

Nintendo recalls Wii controller straps

TOKYO - The reception of Nintendo's Wii video game console has been enthusiastic — too enthusiastic, apparently, for the straps that are supposed to keep the game controllers in the hands of players.

After widespread reports of controllers flying out of the hands of overly energetic players to cause a Wii bit of damage to TV sets, walls and bystanders, Nintendo is recalling 3.2 million straps to replace them with tougher stuff.

The console's motion-sensitive remote controller can be swung like a tennis racket, golf club or sword, depending on the game. But soon after the Wii went on sale last month, the excesses of overzealous players became apparent.

Nintendo will now allow customers to exchange the old straps, which have a 0.024 inch diameter, for a beefed up strap that has a diameter of 0.04 inch, company spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa said.

"People tended to get a bit excited ... and in some cases the control would come loose from their hands," Minagawa said. "The new strap will be almost twice as thick."

The wand-like controller is one of the unique features of the Wii, which Nintendo introduced as its counterchallenge in a fierce competition with Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news).'s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Corp.'s
Xbox 360.


Customers can exchange the straps through their local Nintendo service centers, Minagawa said. The worldwide exchange is expected to cost the company several million dollars.

So how many obnoxious snowclones will this Wii news generate?

A snowclone is neologism for a formula using an old idiom in a new context. For example, just read the title of this entry where I have ingeniously (i.e, lamely) borrowed from the popular saying "Houston, we have a problem" and added my own Wii take to it.

Snow clones are basically just tired, played out clichés which are frowned upon by respected journalists and used by lazy writers. If you notice, I use snowclones all the time. I have no shame to admit I'm lazy.

Your challenge: come up with as many snowclones for the Wii problem as you can and let's just see how many are actually used by journalists.