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3DS Warning For Children Issued By Nintendo

A little over a month until the Japanese audience gets their hands on the next soon-to-be record selling Nintendo handheld device, the 3DS, Nintendo has issued a warning concerning its younger audience, and lengthy play sessions on it.

“Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage,” Nintendo posted on its site. According to the company, the 3DS “delivers 3D images with different left and right images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.”

Nintendo recommends younger kids turn off the 3D effect, and that everyone take a break every half hour when using the device.

This definitely feels more like Nintendo covering all their bases than the 3DS actually having the possibility to seriously damage some kid’s eyes. But, at the same time, it makes me just the slightest bit apprehensive. I scoffed at the “take a break every thirty minutes” statement the first time (I mean c’mon, who seriously hardcore games for only half an hour?), but now I’m worried. I don’t want headaches every time I turn the thing on. And yet, I’ll be buying it come this spring no matter what. Damn Nintendo.

via G4

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  • Remember the other “portable” Nintendo gaming system that promised 3D imagery? I bought one with the same warning, but I got it for 30 bucks because of bad public relations concerning headaches after 30 minutes. I still play Wario World and Teleroboxer, when I can get it to work. Nintendo knows what they are doing, providing a new shiny feature to something a lot of people are embracing. Many people will buy it, I may purchase one as well. I’m not worried at all, I’m more worried about people that already have had their eyes laser corrected. A true hardcore gamer has to get through what he/she is working on right now. not taking a break after 30 minutes. Just curious to see who this will be marketed to in the end. I don’t believe that they are wanting to market this to a 6 year old. They wouldn’t care that it’s in 3D. They would be happy playing an NES that was pulled out of the closet. It’s how I introduced gaming to them, and they are working their way up through the generations. It’s a little sad that in a few years they’ll be telling me about all the features of a new game console in a few years, or gearing up to a newer and better version of A VIRTUAL REALITY. I kind of look forward to seeing how it unfolds

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