Extra wrist straps? Put ‘em to use.
When Nintendo published the wrist strap replacement form, they set it up so in order to get some free straps dispatched, you needed a serial number from a Wii Console. Once you punched that in, you could request a maximum of four straps. I imagine most people did what I did and asked for all four, despite not having that many controllers. In all honesty, I expected to get my hands on other controllers right away, and that they would have the old strap.
It didn’t turn out that way, of course. So I ended up with three extra straps. I gave one to a co-worker who has a Wii and didn’t intend to replace the strap (the man’s a rebel) and I was pondering what to do with the rest once it became clear that any controllers I found would be fresh off the assembly line and sporting the new straps.
The straps attach by the same mechanism they do on all electronics that use a strap (like a camera, for example) so I looked at a couple of things here and it occurred to me that since the original Nintendo DS thumb strap, which is nearly as much an eyesore as the device it came with, is not aesthetically pleasing enough for me to have left it on the DS Lite. Well, there’s the ugliness and then the fact that it’s only useful for Metroid Prime Hunters, which I rarely play. These two facts may be intimately related.
So I’ve attached one of my extra Wii Remote wrist straps to my DS Lite, and I tried holding it with the strap fastened as with the Wii Remote, and well, it’s a little snug. The DS Lite is somewhat heavier than a Wii Remote, but I still can’t imagine it breaking the strap. Not that I expect to be swinging it around like I’m playing Raving Rabbids, of course, but you know what I mean.
The strap’s no good as a stylus replacement for use in Hunters, naturally, because it doesn’t have that thumb pad. I wonder if I can transplant that part. Strap looks too thick, and I’d have to find the old one… hm.