You know, ever since I first laid eyes on a 3D display solution, I thought to myself “man, this looks very cool, but can't be good for one's eyes, especially on the long term.” And even though most of the CE manufacturers out there claim that their products are perfectly safe, there are certain cases when at least a bit of caution is advised, especially as far as children are concerned.
And that's exactly the case with Nintendo's latest portable gaming console, the already uber-famous Nintendo
3DS, which, apparently, is not exactly recommended for children under the age of seven. And this is not some unsubstantiated claim by who knows what researcher, but a statement from one of Nintendo's iconic figures, namely Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America.
So, in an interview with gaming-oriented site Kotaku
, Mr. Fils-Aime suggested that there's been plenty of testing of the 3DS going on before the official release. However, while those tests proved that the new handheld gaming console, which enables 3D gaming without using any glasses
, is perfectly safe for older people, it's not completely OK for people with undeveloped eye muscles. In other words, children under the age of seven.
For this reason, Nintendo will clearly recommend the usage of the 3DS only by persons above the age of seven, something that, according to Fils-Aime, is a standard policy in the case of any 3D product available out there.
Of course, Nintendo's admission of this issue and their firm plans to make this recommendation as public as possible is quite commendable. Plus, we're pretty sure that this issue will not affect the company's sales in any way. In fact, we're expecting things to go exactly the other way around, with customers
gaining even more confidence in the Japanese gaming console manufacturer and buying even more 3DS and Wiis. We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out there. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to create an email address for you to help us a little in finding gadgets we missed. Interesting links are bound to be posted with recognition going mainly to those who submit. The address is . Follow me on Twitter @AlexVochin.