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Did Nintendo's 3DS Make Japanese Users Sick?

While Nintendo pulls out the new 3DS for unsuspecting Americans to behold today at the preview event in New York City, a Japanese magazine reported on Friday that some people suffered problems after using the gadget during the Tokyo preview event just weeks ago.

Last week the magazine claimed that it interviewed people during and after the Tokyo show only to discover that a majority suffered dizziness and/or eye fatigue, thus forcing them to quickly turn off the handheld’s 3D feature. Discomfort still settled in after users held themselves and the handheld perfectly still-- a method previously reported to alleviate some of the side effects.

Additionally, the author behind the Japanese magazine article even claimed to have experience problems after playing the 3DS for ten minutes. "I started feeling a little dizzy," the author wrote. "It was like being seasick."

The Japanese report said that one 30-year-old male had to turn off the 3D component after a minute into playing, as the feature made his eyes "tired." Another person in a separate video report by news outlet Nikkei said that his eyes grew tired after playing ten minutes of Resident Evil in 3D mode.

As Kotaku points out, the device has been played by large groups of people (E3 2010) previously without reports of visual problems. The Japanese magazine is also published by Kodansha, the same publishing house responsible for Schoolgirl Confidential and Brain Ashcraft's Arcade Mania books.

Americans attending the preview event in New York City today will get a hands-on taste of what the Nintendo 3DS will have to offer when it ships in March. If the 3DS is indeed causing eye fatigue and seasickness, then we'll definitely hear reports later on and within the next few days.

Recently Nintendo warned parents that children six years and under shouldn't play the 3DS in 3D mode. The company later followed-up by saying that the device isn't dangerous, however the company still stands firm behind the original warning.