PCmag.com is reporting that Nintendo is warning parents against buying its new Nintendo 3DS for kids under 6.
“Those thinking about buying the upcoming Nintendo 3DS for your pre-schooler might want to wait a few years. In advance of its Nintendo World 2011 demo, Nintendo posted a warning that suggests children under the age of six should not use its 3D functions.”
” ‘Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage,’ according to a note posted to Nintendo’s Japanese site. 3D content, including the 3DS, ‘delivers 3D images with different left and right eye images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.’ ”
“Nintendo recommended the use of parental controls to only allow younger gamers to play in 2D. There is ‘enough for everyone to enjoy,’ ” Nintendo said.
The company recommended that players of all ages take breaks from 3D content every 30 minutes – or if they feel sick.
It is launching in Japan on February 26 for about $300. The exact release date for the U.S. isn’t known yet.
I’m glad the company is being up front about their concerns and not letting small children around the world hurt their eye development!
I’m not sure I would want to take a chance on my older kids playing it either though. What if they were behind on their eye development?
Would you buy this for your kids older than 6? Would you still worry?