Nintendo 3DS Vision Warning

Apparently, Nintendo believes that the Nintendo 3DS could cause problems with eye development in children under the age of 6.  Nintendo’s warning is very vague and doesn’t appear to include any facts.  It’s definitely a strange thing.

“Nintendo’s position is children 6 and under should not use the 3-D feature of Nintendo 3DS, and parents should use the Parental Controls feature to restrict access to the 3-D mode,” Charlie Scibetta, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Nintendo of America.

The original statement (in Japanese) is located here. The Japanese translation by the Wall Street Journal in an articlecan be found here.

Experts have weighed in on the issue and have said the following:

“The fact you’d watch 3-D in a theater or a video game should have zero deleterious impact whatsoever,” said Dr. Lawrence Tychsen, a professor of pediatrics and ophthalmology at Washington University in St. Louis.

From what I can find, there’s very little behind this statement from Nintendo.  Hopefully they will clarify their position on this prior to the 3DS launch.  We’re definitely looking forward to getting our hands on the Nintendo 3DS!


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