Looks like parents are going to be reading some fine, fine print on their new 3DS boxes. Reggie Fils-Aime, talking to gaming blog Kotaku, made a point of noting that the 3DS was not meant for children under seven years old. While, to other game companies, this demographic may not matter so much, many of Nintendo’s customers are children under seven years old. While that might sound silly at first, think about how old you were when you got your first Game Boy – probably around six to ten years old.

Apparently this warning is an industry standard caveat for 3D image viewing. Reggie himself said that the same warning was on the Virtual Boy (arguably Nintendo’s biggest flop console), and that similar warnings exist for 3D movies as well.

The reason for the recommended cutoff age is due to the way the human body develops – in children seven and under, their eye muscles are not yet fully formed. Prolonged use of the 3DS, or any 3D image technology, could potentially hurt their vision in the long run. Other than that, Nintendo has noted that the 3DS poses no health risks.

In addition to discussing the health track record of the 3DS, Reggie Fils-Aime also re-affirmed that the console would be out in the US before March 2011, as well as advised that the hardware shown during Nintendo’s E3 events is not the final 3DS design. We’re starting our 3DS piggy banks now, though, because Nintendo has yet to announce any sort of 3DS pricing – and it doesn’t look like they’re going to until there’s some final hardware in place.

Source: Kotaku (Thanks to ZoraMikau for the tip!)
  • ZoraMikau

    You know, I really don't care about the children, but Reggie confirmed a release date for the 3DS, it's toward the bottom, it says by the end of march 2010.

    • Jason Rappaport

      We reported on that 😛 It's on the bottom of our post, too. It's been confirmed several times in the past, not exactly new news.

      • ZoraMikau

        I thought it might be marchish it would be released, many websites have gueesed that, but I've never saw a confirmation. On a side note, gamespot is releasing some SS videos. Gameplay and stuff, I saw one on youtube, but it was from gamespot.

    • ZoraMikau

      Whoops, just read the title, sorry. I hope this isn't 200 some $ Hopefully it's 200 or less US$.

    • Zoras Nemisis

      2011 numbnuts

  • Zelda4ever

    I see where they are coming from putting an age limit. First, they may want the kids to see so they can buy future games from nintendo without there parents putting them in a helmet and saying," TRY to look, but don't touch." Second, it really does wreck your eyesight. I started playing 3d-ish games when I was five(oot, MM, 2001),and now if I don't have contacts or glasses on, I can't see for more than 4-5 inches away from my eyes. And a reason for us is, do you really want people who have worse eyesight than you do running this world when your old? What if they mix up your medication, or dentures?

  • Aaronrules380

    it's not talking about that kind of 3D they're talking about you know. They're talking about 3d as in 3d movie type of 3d

    • Zelda4ever

      Yes, I know. But imagine what would happen with full 3d animation. I mean, I had a mix of 3d and 2d and my eyesight is terrible. This was with the screen atleast 4 feet away. There going to have real 3d, close enough to their faces that I could see it. If all kids under 7 had this thing, they wouldn't be able to tell a door from a window.

  • dreadrea

    It does wreck your eyes. My eyes are worse than my moms, and she's in her forties. I'm eleven.

    • TheMaverickk

      Actually most people have sight issues and a lot of it has nothing to do with video games, or computer screens or anything.

      The eye doctor said the majority of poor sight issues with kids is related to the growth of the eye as they grow older. There are incremental stages of growth where your vision may change. 7, 14, 21… your eyes may grow in ways that cause the lenses of your eyes to reshape in ways that affect the vision…. after 21 the eyes stabilize until roughly 40 where people begin to experience vision lost due to aging.

      It's why they won't perform laser eye surgery until your usually over the age of 21 and they aren't going to grow and change anymore. My dad has had perfect eye sight until he was over 45, my mom has needed glasses since she was a young girl. I got my moms eyes and with that I've had to have glasses and contacts since I was roughly 14.

      Anyhow in terms of this 3D thing it's just worse if you have kids with developing eyes who strain their eyes due to the 3D. I think what I do love is that even though it is a 3D Game Boy you do have the option to turn it off and alter the depth.

      So it's not mandatory, which is the smartest thing they can do. I mean it does mean young kids can still have a 3DS, but perhaps they will have to wait before they can really fiddle with the 3D aspect of it.

    • lifesavers2

      Thats probably just a coincedince b/c OOT kind of 3D is Just the same as your everyday TV

  • Aleksandar

    Also avoid the Polygon Episode of Pokemon!!

  • healy

    Porygon, idiot.

    • lifesavers2

      stop being so critical, he probably just made a typo but,
      Its Porygon, idiot.

      • will

        Well, yunger kids do not get A ds.

  • This doesn't mean that kids under seven CAN'T play the 3DS. They just shouldn't play it with the 3D effects on. Remember, you can toggle the 3D level on and off, and anywhere in between.

  • Chainoftermina

    hehehehehe, Virtual Boy.

    thats kinda weird you'd think that little kids wouldn't be allowed into 3D Movies regardless of the rating because of this.

  • Labrynian Rebel

    Well that’s why they have that slider thing to turn off the 3D effect

  • X x7

    haha sucks to be younger than 7

  • keiferm

    I'm glad you CAN toggle the 3D on and off I'm not a fan of 3D effects and I really like the game/movie in itself i'd much rather leave it off because the 3D is too distracting to me. I think they got the 3D toggling Idea after the Virtual Boy lacked that function.

  • will

    7 year olds?????

  • will

    We are better! we have a DSI!!!!

  • i really cant wait for this thing. does anyone know how they managed to do 3d without glasses?

    • says the blind one

      well, they have done it for TVs, right?

  • Xenithar

    I've played a Virtual Boy before. It hurts your eyes after a while, and can be disorienting 😛

  • Niamh Carter

    3d movies are hard to come by but they are the coolest:,.