Despite clear warnings from Nintendo prior to the release of the 3DS (and, indeed, once you’re actually using the console) British tabloid The Sun has gone with a rather one-sided story today: Nintendo 3D ‘makes gamers dizzy & sick’.
Now, we’re not here to defend Nintendo, they can manage that all by themselves. Indeed, they’ve already told trade paper MCV that they’ve had “zero calls on this issue in both the UK and across Europe” since the launch. Their own PR department have said that the allegations have arisen from “a few tweets and comments following the US launch”.
“HUNDREDS of furious gamers have slammed Nintendo’s new 3DS console – for making them feel ill” goes the story, which claims that fans have “besieged gadget websites and Twitter to complain of dizziness, headaches and sickness after playing the hand-held device for just a few minutes.”
They list two Tweets: “the 3D gave me a headache, so I hated it” and “bumped into a friend and we played with a 3DS but it made both of us feel ill” – both are which weren’t immediately found on Twitter, but did appear on MaxConsole (via a quick Google search) in a list of similar messages – the ones picked up by The Sun were the first and last in that list.
To be fair, the 3D does affect people in different ways, and running the slider on full has, in the past, given me a slight headache.
But the warnings are there from Nintendo, and picking up on a list of Tweets as evidence in this way just seems a little odd, especially as there’s likely to be just as many people perfectly happy with the 3DS and not “slamming” it at all.
Our advice? If it does give you headaches, turn that slider down. Games still work in 2D, don’t you know?