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Posted at 9:58 AM ET, 12/28/2010

Nintendo warns 3DS is not for younger gamers

By Hayley Tsukayama

Nintendo's next handheld, the 3DS, will offer three-dimensional gameplay without the need for glasses. But Nintendo has issued a warning that some young players should not use the new technology.

Kotaku has translated the Japanese warning that Nintendo posted on its Web site cautioning that gamers under age 6 shouldn't use the 3D function of the handheld because their vision has not fully developed. Nintendo says exposure to the 3D screen may damage young eyes.

As the warning points out, the 3DS will have the capability to switch between 2D and 3D, so younger gamers can still use the new handheld...just without its coolest feature. According to Kotaku, Nintendo is even putting 3D parental controls on the 3DS.

For older gamers, the company recommends taking a break every 30 minutes instead of the recommended break of an hour for the normal DS to prevent eye-strain.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 28, 2010; 9:58 AM ET
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I've been following the information about the 3DS since its announcement. And with the warning for 6 year olds and younger has me thinking about the current rage for 3D movies---many which are targeted specifically to this age group. Do movie theaters have to go by the same standard of 30 min breaks/intervals?

Posted by: ebgeer | December 28, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Probably not. I suspect that the strain is caused by the image being presented without glasses. When you present 3D without glasses, you can only do so in a small angle window. Slight changes in that angle will cause the image to blur, causing strain on the eyes, something that isn't really the case with glasses 3D.

Posted by: AhhYes | December 28, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Let's just hope this doesn't become a disaster like Virtual Boy from 15 years ago Nintendo...

Posted by: lulu202 | December 28, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Take a break every 30 minutes? Is Nintendo aware of its customer base? That's like selling crack to a crack addict and recommending to moderate usage.

Posted by: FlyersFan27 | December 28, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of the Movie The Jerk. maybe Nintendo will be sending one dollar checks to everyone that bought one of these that now has a vision problem permanently. Go outside and enjoy the full effects of 3DS in real-time, called REALITY.

Posted by: patmatthews | December 28, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Bah, evil Nintendo introduced us to carpal tunnel thanks to their brick shaped controllers and Power Gloves and now they want me to go blind as well...

Posted by: ozpunk | December 28, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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