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.