Young children at risk of damaging their eyes whilst playing new Nintendo console

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

Parents have been warned to be cautious of letting their children play on the new Nintendo DS 3D console when it is released next few weeks.

Nintendo’s new console will allow three-dimensional games to be played without the use of special 3D glasses.

But experts have warned that the 3D images could affect sight development in the very young.

The company has therefore issued a warning that children aged six and under should only use the console for playing two-dimensional games.

Nintendo said: “We will offer 2Ds alone to children aged six and younger as continuing to watch 3D images for a long time could negatively affect the development of their eyes.”

Although there is a notable risk while using the console, Nintendo have included a parental control function which will allow them to turn off 3D images when young children use the console.

The gadget features the trademark DS dual screens, with the upper screen providing 3D images and the other controlled by touch with a stylus.

The game can be switched between 2D and 3D by decreasing or increasing the illusion of depth by a simple flick of a switch.

The new console was not ready in time for Christmas and will instead hit the shops in Japan on February 26, reaching Europe, America and Australia in March.

The Nintendo DS has sold more than 130 million units and its new 3D feature has caused huge interest across the world.

Nintendo faces rivals Sony in competition for inventing 3D technology, with Sony’s PlayStation Move system allowing users wearing special glasses to play 3D games using wand-shaped motion controllers.

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