Nintendo unfazed by 3DS health warnings
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A sight for sore eyes or an admirable ethical stance...?
Just two days ago, Shadowlocked's very own Chris Morgan reported his findings from Nintendo's first 3DS press conference in Kahin Makuhari, Japan, presenting some very impressive news within his piece. However, one of the few qualms Morgan had with the next-generation console was that despite its obvious 3D abilities, the 3DS' technology seemed notably inconsistent, providing a varying gaming and 3D experience from title to title. In his review of Nintendo's latest project, Morgan also expressed concern at the optimal distance needed to benefit fully from the console's 3D capabilities, a problem which currently means that users will have to position their heads to suit the console's requirements, rather than their position of maximal comfort. What's most surprising about this 'gaming posture', if you will, is that the 'optimal' distance appears surprisingly close - especially when one considers the health and safety warnings that Nintendo has already issued for the 3DS - and you can only imagine that this issue will ultimately detract the more health-conscious parents away from purchasing a 3DS for their children.
Conversely, in the latest press release from Nintendo, the company has again reiterated its health warning and accepted that said warning will ultimately cost them sales, but are continuing their stance that the 3DS is not a dangerous product. In an attempt to project an ethical position from within Nintendo, the company's President, Satoru Iwata, said that the mulitnational corporation was "being proactive about informing our customers, even if this proactive movement may not necessarily be positive for our sales", a rather impressive standpoint considering the sales-obsessed market the console will belong to. However, Iwata also stated that these warnings are purely a "precautionary measure" and that they are "similar to those accompanying any 3D television or other 3D product", included partly to help assuage any possible litigation issues.
It is too early to tell whether these warnings will affect the console's sales, but it would be fair to say that they will certainly not help them. However, with Nintendo announcing that 1.5 million 3DS systems will be made available on its Japanese launch, and a further 4 million distributed worldwide before the end of the fiscal year, it would appear that Nintendo remains optimistic regarding the demand for the 3DS.
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