news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Nintendo Addresses Headache Complaints Linked to the 3DS


Late last week, reports indicated that several hundred 3DS players suffered from headaches during and after their 3DS play sessions. Other gamers also walked away from their 3DS gameplay experiences cross-eyed. One hardcore gamer who grew up playing Halo reportedly suffered from both symptoms. Many sources have now speculated that this spells bad news for Nintendo, but the 3DS manufacturer has addressed the issue.

Nintendo Head of Communications Robert Saunders responded to the complaints, stating that thousands of individuals tried out the 3DS and very few complaints were made. Saunders stated that gamers should take breaks during play sessions if they feel some discomfort, clarifying that these effects posed no lasting harm. He concluded his statement by saying that 3DS owners could scale and adjust the 3D setting on the handheld to meet their personal preference.

"With anything that requires focus, from reading to staring at a computer screen, taking frequent breaks is always recommended," cautioned Saunders. "When viewing any kind of 3D images (TV, movies, etc.), some people might experience minor discomfort. The effects are short term and have no lasting effect. In fact, most players can continue after taking a short break."

There you have it. If you're one of the many individuals who suffers from headaches while playing the 3DS, remember to take a break after a couple of rounds of Super Street Fighter IV and Ridge Racer. Of course, if you're playing Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, the headache is probably due to just how bad that game is.

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