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Nintendo's 3DS Gaming Console Could Harm Kids' Eyes

Gamers are waiting with baited breath for the release of the new Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming console. But when the device is released in March, it will come with a warning -- keep away from young children.

Nintendo admits on its web site that children younger than 6 should use the game in 2D mode because the 3D images could hurt the development of their eyes.

Nintendo is not alone in this -- other electronic game companies have issued similar warnings about 3D products. Doctors say a child's eyesight is not fully developed by age 6.

There is also a warning for adults -- Nintendo said adults should not play games in 3D mode for more than 30 minutes and should stop playing if they start feeling sick.

Users won't have to wear those annoying 3D glasses to play some games. The Nintendo system uses autostereoscopic 3D technology, which tracks the position of the user's head in order to ensure the eyes are seeing two different images on the screen.


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