Nintendo: 3D unsafe for young children

Kids must turn off 3D effect on the 3DS

Nintendo's glasses-free 3D technology will not be enjoyed by young children.

Younger children who use the upcoming 3D Nintendo handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, may have to turn off the 3D effect before they start playing, according to a Kotaku interview with Nintendo of America president, Reginald Fils-Aime.

Fils-Aime was quick to state that there were no health risks associated with the 3DS, and the Nintendo had "done extensive testing" with "experts in the field [of 3D]". However, for children under the age of seven, using the 3D feature (which can be turned off on the 3DS to give standard, 2D gaming) should be avoided, because in children younger than seven "the muscles of the eye are not fully formed".

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Fils-Aime added that this was not unique to Nintendo's glasses-less 3D technology, but a standard warning currently being put out by the 3D movie industry.

When asked about possible headaches or eyestrain associated with 3D technology being a factor for the 3DS, Fils-Aime's message is not to worry, saying "we have a legacy of bringing only the finest products to the market", which is more or less true.

We'll have more on the 3DS as it breaks.

Via: Kotaku