Nintendo will bar children ages 6 and younger from using the 3-D
functions of its new Nintendo 3DS, according to a warning message
posted at the company's Japanese web site.
Nintendo said that the glasses-free 3D technology that will be
featured in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS
handheld game player - as well
as in other devices such as 3D TVs - may have a potential impact on
the health of young children's eyes. For theat reason, the device
will feature a "2D button" which will turn the 3D content into
traditional 2D. In addition, the device will offer a parental control
feature, which will limit the amount of 3D content displayed on the
device. The 3DS will also have a "3-D volume" sliding button that
will let users tone down the level of depth of 3-D images, the notice
Nintendo is set to release the 3DS in Japan on Feb. 26 for about
$300. The 3DS is to arrive in U.S. stores in March, the company has
said; a price hasn't yet been announced.