Nintendo warns that children under six should not use the 3D mode on their upcoming handheld device.
Among the violence, gore, sexual content and abusive language in video games, parents now have one more thing to worry about: 3D. And that could actually really be damaging. Nintendo has issued a warning about the damage their upcoming handheld device, the 3DS, could cause.
The warning is in Japanese, and folks at Gizmodo were kind enough to translate and decipher the note,which says that children under six should not use the 3D mode on the device as it could cause permanent damage to their still developing vision. This is due to how stereoscopic 3D works, which displays an individual image to each eye, and actually “has a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.”
To aid in the matter, Nintendo will include a parental lock on 3D, but, as Gizmodo points out, with such easily accessible, potentially harming device, would a parent even consider buying the 3DS for their children?