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After a while of having very grubby wrist straps for our Wii remotes we decided that it was time to replace them. The standard Wii remote comes with a white wrist strap. The aim of the wrist strap is to prevent you from flinging your remote across the room and breaking things when you get a little bit excited during play! I was pleased to find these new straps as not only are they clean and fresh looking, they also allow us to mark our remotes as his and hers when playing a two player game!
The packet of straps can be bought from most gaming shops or online, they are priced for around £4.00.
The straps come in a packet of four and they are all different colours for you to enjoy. There is a green one, a blue one, a pink one and finally a boring old white one.
To attach the straps you need to thread the little string that is attached at the end around a little hole in the Wii remote. You then make a sort of slip knot to keep it on tightly. It is very simple to do and takes only a few seconds.
We could not cope without these straps as I would not risk the remote flying from my hand when I am bowling or doing something similar! It is a much safer way to play and i'm glad that I have a nice clean strap to play with! It is quite disgusting how grimy and filthy our wrists can be! At least when using a coloured strap you can disguise the filth; you have no chance with a white one!
I think that Nintendo are charging way too much for these though and they certainly are not worth four pounds. I bet you can get cheaper more colourful alternatives on a market stall.
I bought these for my daughter as her wii remote strap that came with the remote was too plain for her, she likes to have a little bit of colour and I found a pack of 4 straps on ebay for just short of £7, which I thought were pretty cheap for a pack of 4 that I knew would last.
The straps come as a pack of 4 and are all different colours just as shown in the picture above, you have 1 green, 1 blue, 1 pink and 1 white. My daughter did originally have a white one that came with the remote, but that seems to have turned Grey loll. The straps are just the same as what you would get supplied with the remote, so they work exactly the same.
How to attach
Attaching these can be pretty hard, and you do seem to need a steady hand to attach them, these are just like the mobile phone straps you have to connect. At the end of the strap you have a piece of string that is in a loop, you need to thread that string through a small hole at the bottom of the remote, once you have thread it through you open up the loop, and thread the rest of strap through the loop and pull tight, this secures the strap into place.
Using the strap
The strap is basically there to stop the remote flying out of your hand when you are in the middle of a game, to use the strap safely all you do is put the loop of the strap around your wrist, at the top of the strap you have a slider like thing, and to secure the strap to your wrist, you move this slider down as far as you can and then push the plastic down to lock it into place. This will keep the remote safe and secure without it been able to fly from your hands.
My overall opinion
Well my daughter likes the fact that she now has more than one strap to use, and that she now owns different colours, if I am honest it is not a priority to have one of these, as the remotes do come with a strap already.
However my daughter did seem to like been able to mix and change these up and they are worth the money that I paid as they are very long lasting, and I still own 5 of these altogether as you do get one with the remote. I would recommend to buy these as they are worth the money, however as I do say they are not a necessity so you may want to save your money.