Nintendo 3DS Not Made for Kids Under Age Six, Says Company

According to In-Game, a blog on, Nintendo has issued a warning to parents telling them that kids under the age of 6 should not play 3-D games on its soon-to-be-released Nintendo 3DS.

The warning, translated by, reports that 3-D viewing causes quicker eye fatigue than normal screen viewing, and children under six should not play the 3-D games because they are still developing their eye muscles. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told, “We will recommend that very young children not look at 3-D images. That’s because, [in] young children, the muscles for the eyes are not fully formed.”

In-Game reports that Sony issued a similar warning about kids playing 3-D games on the PlayStation 3 console, saying that parents should “consult your doctor before allowing young children to watch 3-D video images or play stereoscopic 3-D games.”

The Nintendo 3DS is expected to launch in Japan on February 26 and then in North America and beyond in March. The 3DS will feature a slider that allows players to adjust the amount of 3-D effect they see. Nintendo said the console will include parental controls that can turn the 3-D effect off. The 3DS will premiere to the Japanese public at next month’s Nintendo World event.

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