Just days after the Nintendo 3DS went on sale across the UK, Europe and the US, Nintendo has been inundated with complaints from gamers suffering from headaches and eye strain when using the device, forcing the company to make an official statement.
The portable glasses-free 3D games console sparked controversy prior to launch with health officials warning against the dangers caused by the device’s autostereoscopic display with a seven year old age rating eventually bestowed upon the revolutionary gadget.
Speaking out on the widespread complaints, Nintendo’s UK PR head Rob Saunders has remained defiant of the issues stating: "We have shown Nintendo 3DS at multiple events around the world to literally hundreds of thousands of people and have received very few negative comments."
Continuing his defence of the console’s health implications Saunders added: "As with anything that requires focus, from reading to staring at a computer screen, taking breaks frequent breaks is always recommended. When viewing any kind of 3D images, some people might experience minor discomfort. The effects are short term and have no lasting effect, in fact most players can continue after taking a short break.”
"The Nintendo 3D was designed with a 3D depth slider that lets users adjust the 3D effect to a level that suits them for optimum enjoyment," concluded Saunders, insisting Nintendo has done everything possible to ensure users of the 3DS remain safe and in good health.