Coming out in March, the Nintendo 3DS is slated to become the next big thing in portable gaming, but it comes
with a few warnings. The system that allows players to experience 3D gaming without the need for 3D glasses has come under scrutiny because children under 6 might go blind. Even with all the coins in level 1-1 Mario wouldn’t be able to hide this future lawsuit. With a child’s eyes still developing at such a young age the lawyer’s at the Nintendo company thought smart and told the techies making this blinding technology to think fast.
Since they couldn’t make larger 3DS yet and call it new they came up with a set of guidelines to protect their company from any lawsuit stemming from your child getting glasses this year. The guidelines are:
- Quicker eye fatigue as a result of viewing 3D
- Some 3D software can cause eyes to become tired quicker than other software
- Nintendo recommends players take a break after 30 minutes of play
- “If your physical condition worsens or you become ill, please stop playing at once”
- 3D has different effects on different people
- 3D slider allows a wider group of people to enjoy the system
- 3D not recommended for children under the age of six as the vision of young children is still in developmental stages (like 3D movies and television)
- “Since the Nintendo 3DS can be changed to 2D to avoid any effects on young children’s vision, it is possible for anyone to enjoy playing it”
- Once again, there will be parental controls for 3D
These are pretty straight forward rules to follow if you don’t want your kid being called a pirate at school this year. We all know dangerous things can be cool but when it can possibly melt your kid’s eyes right out of your head it’ll sell like Pokemon. So much for waiting till puberty to go blind like our generation Nintendo wants to beat it (giggity) to the punch.