Thursday, December 30, 2010

Nintendo issues warning against 3D games

   Nintendo has released a statement which cautions children under the age of 6 from playing its upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld. Nintendo issued the warning on its Japanese website which is promoting a 3-day exhibition in Japan where gamers can test the new gaming machine. The translated warning advises:

"For children under the age of six, looking at 3-D images for a long time could possibly have a negative impact on the development of their eyes."

   On the release of the warning and a weak broader market, Nintendo shares dropped 2.4% drop on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Nintendo's 3DS features technology known as autostereoscopic 3-D which does not require the use of special 3D glasses to view the 3D effect. The 3DS includes a slider control which adjusts the level of 3D effects that are shown on the handheld screen.

   The Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to be released in Japan on February 26, 2011 and in North America and Europe in March 2011. 

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