Nintendo is already warning parents to keep children under six from using its new handheld 3D device, the Nintendo 3DS.
“For children under the age of six, looking at 3D images for a long time could possibly have a negative impact on the growth of their eyes,” Nintendo warned on its Japanese website, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The 3DS uses autostereoscopic technology to create 3D images that can be seen without special glasses.
The intensity of the 3D experience can be adjusted, and kids can safely view the device in two dimensions without stunting eye growth, Nintendo said.
The company also advised older users to take breaks every 30 minutes and stop playing if they feel sick, however. The same warnings do not appear on Nintendo’s American site (is it too soon to sue for that?).
The device has been majorly hyped in advance of its Japan release in February and U.S. release, expected in March.
It’s coming out with several titles including RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS, RIDGE RACER and Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike, which sound like 3.5 inch headaches.
We would try The Sims, though. Wonder whether it’s just like real life?
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