Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has defended the gaming giants’ decision to highlight the potential health implications of using its upcoming innovative portable gaming release, the Nintendo 3DS.
Speaking with the Japanese version of the Wall Street Journal Iwata proclaimed that the company’s warnings, which suggest parents prevent children under the age of six from using the extra dimensional aspects of the pocket gamer, do not imply that the 3DS is a danger to users.
Satoru went on to outline that the company’s decision to warn parents was to ensure sufficient information on the upcoming release had been supplied and to prevent against potential health related lawsuits in the future.
Sporting a 3.5-inch, glasses-free 3D screen Nintendo has revealed it hopes the 3DS, which will launch in Japan on February 26th ahead of a global rollout the following month, will shift more than 1.5 million units in Japan by the end of March with global unit sales expected to top 4 million.
Having unveiled the console’s full specs last week, the lofty 4 million unit sales goal placed on the 3DS could be hard to achieve with much consumer concern surrounding revelations of the device’s battery life. Taking up to three-and-a-half hours to complete a full charge the 3DS’s battery will supply just three to five hours of gaming with the groundbreaking glasses-free 3D technology severely limiting the device’s portable potential.