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No Nintendo 3DS For Your Children

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Playing with a 3DS may damage the vision of small children. We are not kidding.

The rather surprising note comes courtesy of the manufacturer of the 3DS - Nintendo. The company recently posted several warnings about the potential effect of the display on human eyes when three-dimensional images and video are viewed. Every user is advised that "fatigue" and "discomfort" may be more likely than it is the case with 2D images and video. The company recommends a break every 30 minutes and asks users to stop using the device immediately when they feel sick.

And you thought playing 3D games would be fun.

The 3DS is even less fun for kids under the age of 6, as Nintendo tells parents that viewing 3D images/video can impact the "growth of children's eyes." There was no more detail offered, but it appears that this statement is scary enough. To prevent kids from playing in 3D on the 3DS, Nintendo protects such content with a PIN code, which basically works as parental control feature. For kids under 6, the 3DS will be a 2DS.

We assume that Nintendo will be adding a clear warning about this issue to the packaging of the 3DS, which will probably not help to alleviate existing consumer fears that 3D is a general health risk.   

So, what about your average naked-eye 3D TV, which we will be seeing at the upcoming CES? Is that for adults only as well?  

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    fatty21 , December 30, 2010 3:35 PM
    This is called protecting themselves from any future lawsuits. These day's its necessary to be completely out in the open with any possible health dangers imaginable. I think its cool Nintendo is being honest about this. If anything it should make parents feel good about their products, knowing there kid isn't gonna suffer from some wierd disease down the road from so much one handed rapid wrist movement via the Wii :) 
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    SlickyFats , December 30, 2010 3:52 PM
    I remember hearing about the health hazards of 3D when all of these kids movies started coming out in 3D. Something about kids eyes still developing and the 3D causing them to refocus their eyes and messing with development if done over long periods of time.
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    SlickyFats , December 30, 2010 3:53 PM
    fatty21This is called protecting themselves from any future lawsuits. These day's its necessary to be completely out in the open with any possible health dangers imaginable. I think its cool Nintendo is being honest about this. If anything it should make parents feel good about their products, knowing there kid isn't gonna suffer from some wierd disease down the road from so much one handed rapid wrist movement via the Wii

    Disease from Wii is called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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    redgarl , December 30, 2010 4:00 PM
    What is the news here? Actually it is the case for all 3D stuff... IMAX, TV... and of course video games...
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 30, 2010 4:30 PM
    @ amogthegamer

    Seriously, your comment is uncalled for
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    flightmare , December 30, 2010 5:03 PM
    This wasn't on the site before? Like a year ago?
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    Zenthar , December 30, 2010 5:29 PM
    I don't know if it's Nintendo being overprotective, but I do believe any "fake" 3D can be damaging as I have dysfunctional stereoscopic vision, but not caused by 3D.

    I think the age of 6 is just them trying to play on the safe side. Stereoscopic vision is actually fully developed by the age of 5 and also very hard if not impossible to fix past that age if something is wrong. This "damage" not to the eye themselves, but the brain's visual cortex.

    Having the visual cortex adapting to this "fake" 3D prior to the full development of stereoscopic vision could therefore teach it "false" adaptive mechanism that you won't be able to change later on.
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    cloakster , December 30, 2010 5:57 PM
    +1 to Nintendo for sharing this info not matter how much it may hurt their sales. Really nice to see them caring about our well being :) 
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    rubix_1011 , December 30, 2010 6:21 PM
    Isn't the DS one of their biggest selling items? ...and to the youth age group? Why not continue to milk that cash-cow instead of trying to focus on an older age group that likely won't be interested in playing Pokemon in 3D?
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    charlesdjones1 , December 30, 2010 6:41 PM
    while this news is disappointing for millions of 6 year olds out there, it's not going to keep me from getting one when it comes out. for those parents who think that xbox and sony are a good alternative to nintendo for your kids, you must not care a whole lot in the first place about what your kids are playing anyway...
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    2real , December 30, 2010 6:45 PM
    charlesdjones1while this news is disappointing for millions of 6 year olds out there, it's not going to keep me from getting one when it comes out. for those parents who think that xbox and sony are a good alternative to nintendo for your kids, you must not care a whole lot in the first place about what your kids are playing anyway...

    you know all those awkward kids out there? that's the result of letting your kids play nintendo games
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    charlesdjones1 , December 30, 2010 6:58 PM
    ... because we all know your kids playing Modern Warfare 2 is a great alternative to playing Mario Kart, right? It's your kids, not mine is all I can say.
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    adamboy64 , December 30, 2010 7:12 PM
    Whoa. Insecure Nintendo haters reign in this thread. It's good for a laugh, anyhow.
    I don't see a great problem in all of this - they provide the 3D lock to disable playing in 3D.

    When the time comes, I'd prefer to just have the 3D turned off. Only time I'll have it on is when people want a demo of it.
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    xxsk8er101xx , December 30, 2010 7:48 PM
    turn off 3d problem solved. There's a switch on the nintendo 3ds to do this.
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    dillyflump , December 30, 2010 8:06 PM
    There was an article on the news or tv a few months back in the uk, saying that children shouldn't watch 3DTV for long periods of time if they were under the age of 5 or something. Apparently until your over the age of 5 you javen't fully developed your sense of depth perception properly and watching 3dtv at a young age can damage the development. Im guessing this applies to the new 3DS aswell.
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    Yuka , December 30, 2010 9:24 PM
    What's with the title, really? lol

    Anyway, a parent getting a portable console for his 6- (minus) years old son/daughter is pretty dumb IMO. That warning SHOULD BE redundant, but since Nintendo believes in world/parents stupidity and lawsuits, there you have it. They also say it only applies to 3D, not "regular" play.

    Cheers!
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    charlesdjones1 , December 30, 2010 9:47 PM
    Cheerio mate!
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    jj463rd , December 30, 2010 9:48 PM
    charlesdjones1... because we all know your kids playing Modern Warfare 2 is a great alternative to playing Mario Kart, right? It's your kids, not mine is all I can say.

    My 5 year old nephew loves to play Postal 2 on my desktop PC.
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    charlesdjones1 , December 30, 2010 10:02 PM
    ... because we all know Postal 2 isn't actually rated for 18+, and Mario Kart DS isn't actually rated E for Everyone. Way to break the law there highspeed letting your little nephew play a Mature rated game, I'm sure he'll grow up to be a fine, model citizen one day. On the contrary, I've been on 3 combat tours, we actually love playing Mario Kart over here. It's all in how you look at it, we're grown ups playing "kids" games.
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