Nintendo 3DS isn't for kids

Kids under seven who are tempted to play with Nintendo's upcoming handheld the 3DS could end up with eyes permanently boggled, Nintendo of America president, Reginald Fils-Aime confessed.

In an interview with Kotaku, Fils-Aime said: "We will recommend that very young children not look at 3D images. That's because, [in] young children, the muscles for the eyes are not fully formed. This is the same messaging that the industry is putting out with 3D movies, so it is a standard protocol. We have the same type of messaging for the Virtual Boy, as an example."

Fils-Aime claimed there were no health risks associated with the 3DS, and said Nintendo was "working with the experts in the field."

"We've done extensive testing," he said. "We have a legacy of bringing only the best and finest products to the marketplace."

But he warned that kids under seven should turn off the 3D functionality and play with gadget in 2D when it comes out - which will be before the end of March 2011, he said.

But the revelation will cause parents some concern. Many of Nintendo's games are aimed at very young children and getting them to turn of 3D and only play in 2D will be some challenge for most parents. It also negates the main selling-point of the gadget. To many parents, the ins and outs of the handheld console are a mystery - they only know that kids ask for them for Christmas.

Asking kids to turn of the 3D function because it wil boggle their eyes is likely to be as successful as getting teengagers to turn off the mobile phone because it might fry their brains.