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Nintendo's new 3DS console may harm kid’s eyesight

Company advises parents not to allow children under six to use 3D games on the device

Nintendo's new 3DS console may harm kid’s eyesight
Nintendo has warned that its new Nintendo 3DS handheld console may harm the eyesight of children under six-years-old.

Nintendo has issued a warning that the eyesight of children under six could be harmed by 3D games played on Nintendo's new handheld console, the 3DS, according to the BBC.

Nintendo revealed that specialists have warned of possible eye damage, caused by 3D games where different images are shown to the left and right eyes.

The company has said that children younger than six must only use 2D versions of the 3D games.

The new 3DS console has two screens, with the top screen able to show 3D images without users having to wear glasses. Parents have been told to turn off the 3D capability of the top screen when children under six-years-old are using the device.

The device will go on sale in Japan in February and in Europe and the US in March.

This announcement by Nintendo joins warnings by both Sony and Toshiba about the effect of 3D content on young children.

Sony has warned parents that they should seek medical advice before allowing children to watch 3D content on their PlayStation. Toshiba has said parents must keep an eye on children watching 3D images in TVs that do not require you to wear glasses.

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