Sun sickness slam shocker: 3DS “is game for a barf”

Wednesday, 6th April 2011 10:24 GMT By Johnny Cullen

UK national The Sun has slammed 3DS’s 3D capabilities in today’s paper, saying children shouldn’t be allowed to play with the console for hours and testing its effects with a doctor and subject.

The paper said yesterday that 3DS was seeing “record return levels,” with today’s article claiming that it’s now “the most returned games console ever.”

The doctor on call for the article, Carol Cooper, said that “children should not be left to play on it for hours,” after testing 3DS on a 22 year-old man named Lee.

The article says that Lee’s blood pressure and pulse rose over time while playing with the console.

Cooper said that after two hours, Lee’s BP had reached a level that if “sustained for a long period it could damage circulation,” adding: “I think the break period needs to be significantly increased.”

The paper has linked the dizziness and headaches it said were related to the machine yesterday to news that Nintendo UK PR boss Rob Saunders is to leave the company.

Saunders himself has categorically said in a tweet this morning that 3DS is “NOT our most returned games console ever.”

3DS sold 113,000 units in the UK and 303,000 units in Europe in its first week.



  1. BillyBatts

    As someone smarter than me pointed out on Twitter, this 3DS vendetta is a curious pursuit by News International, what with them trying to sell Sky 3D boxes into people’s homes. Damaging their own wider business surely?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Not only that, Sky are actively promoting the 3DS – they had the launch on Sky 3D and there’s a double page adver-spread in this month’s Sky magazine.

    I can only surmise that someone at Nintendo shagged The Sun’s mum or something.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Syrok

    “children should not be left to play on it for hours”

    Hence the warning in every game every (3D or otherwise) that you should take regular breaks.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. monkeyman

    do they really think that nintendo hasnt done any lab testing and checked these thing out for themselfs. thats why they tell you to take regular breaks and allow you to set the amount of 3D you are using. I agree with #2 they must have had a go on thier mum or something lol

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Fin

    Best. Headline. Ever.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    The Sun.

    Bullshit. We Love It.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Deacon

    The thing is, how many parents will ACTUALLY keep check on their kids usage of the 3DS??

    Despite all the warnings, I foresee a steady stream of anti-Nintendo articles coming our way.

    And, being a firm believer that a 3D handheld is a shit idea, I’ll enjoy each and every one of them.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. KAP

    Any perent leaving a child on a 3DS for “hours” in the first place is clearly having a gaming console subtitute a bond with the child to begin with so therefor is not fit to raise one.

    Clearly alot of unfit perents out there then.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    I’d like to know what the girl with her knockers out on page 3 thinks of all this.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. drewbles82

    Either way, it still sounds like a terrible device where you gotta have breaks every so often. most gamers i know play for hours at a time. Its also a handheld device so prob used a lot of car, airplane journeys.
    Im really bored of all this 3D stuff, and hope microsoft dont put it in the next console cuz no one wants to go have a break when there half way thru a mission etc.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Deacon

    Have you been out lately KAP?
    The unfit parents of the world are only outnumbered by the number of disrespectful fuck-up kids they all produce.

    Which doesn’t really bode well for Nintendo.

    If people start having SERIOUS eye problems due to extended use in say 12-24 months time, will Nintendo be susceptible to compensation claims despite their recommendation to take a break every so-and-so?

    I’m really not a Nintendo-hater in the slightest… I just hate the 3DS. The hype. And all the people who stood in line and lapped it all up.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. KAP


    Shes the docter treating Lee apparently.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    News is promotion.

    To this day, people to this day seem to think that this sort of story has a negative impact on sales and exposure and such. It doesn’t.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Deacon

    I disagree. There IS such a thing as bad publicity. Sure, this alone is unlikely to visibly impact sales. But if we’re about to see a barrage of similar articles, it most certainly will.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. KAP

    @11 Blame sites such as this one gasing up 3DS also.

    What gets me about all this though is you wouldnt return a 3DTV stating that it can damage your retinas so why the 3DS? Least a 3DS has a slider to turn down the 3D effect.

    I think the real reason is because the 3D gimmick has worn off quicker then the Wii era and they still have 28 days to get there £200+ back.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. KAP


    Is there really such thing as bad publicity?

    In a age where if a celebrity career has dipped, most of ‘em just bring out a sextape to elevate there careers again.

    Reggie…. You know what to do mate ;-D

    Like they say “Publicity is like poison; it doesn’t hurt unless you swallow it.”

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @14 You underestimate the popularity of The Sun and overestimate the intelligence of the average British person.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. 2plus2equals5

    A magazine says negative things on a nintendo console and a nintendo’s boss says that they are not true… Who do you trust?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    How does Nintendo go about tracking how many consoles have been returned? And how did they do it in the past seeing as Saunders says its not their most returned console, meaning he knows how returned their older consoles were. I can imagine The Sun just contacted retailers, but i doubt Nintendo has bothered doing that.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @18 It’s not a magazine. It’s a tabloid newspaper.

    And considering the newspaper in question… my money is safely on the Nintendo guy.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Moonwalker1982

    The Sun….incrediably reliable source.


    #21 4 years ago
  22. Deacon

    Good chat

    @15 – I would hazard a guess that a big Sony 3DTV, used with the recommended glasses, would be a lot safer on the eyes than a small handheld glasses-free device.

    @17 – Agreed!

    And KAP, I still maintain that when it comes to hardware, electrical goods, and consumables in general, continued bad press / complaints / returns will sure as hell effect sales.

    Celebrities, and things for which we do not hand over our hard-earned monies, are in a different ballpark.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    If i recall correctly nintendo prior the lunch did stated that kids for certain ages should not play with the 3D effect, if my mind doenst play me tricks i think they said under five years old, so i think they did test this product and did some recommendations.

    Another thing that i want to know if they are any serious and reliable sources that also are informating or covering this?,

    #23 4 years ago
  24. ManuOtaku

    #15 excuse but the wii “gimmick era” is not over yet, they are selling good numbers right now, and in christmas time they sell a lot, even with kinect and move available the past christmas they sold a lot.

    and dont call 3D a “gimmick”, becuase you dont like it, if you see the reviews from mayor sites, they said that it does work, the only problem is the exposition times, that should be taking care off and do not play for long periods of time, but thats understandable 3D always has been this way, the only difference is that is portable and without any glasses, also nintendo is not the only company beting on 3D, there are a lot of big companys doing it also, even its rivals on the gaming front.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. KAP


    Casual Gamers dont hand over there money due to celebrities no?

    Ant, Dec, JLS, Beckham etc had no effect in sales no?
    I was having this exact convo with my boss the otherday, the so called core gamers are clearly over-run by the casual market there for thats where the most money is.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Deacon


    Yes. Celebrity-endorsement definitely helps sell a product. And if Ant & Dec get papped in a room full of heroin and midget hookers, it will likely send their new autobiography sales up, but they won’t be hosting that 8pm prime-time show on ITV anymore.

    I think the casual crowd will be more susceptible to dissuasion from these anti-3DS articles than the core gamers. And if that is the case how could these articles NOT affect sales?

    Anyway… it would be nice to read some more on this from a non-biased gaming source.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    I don’t think bias is really the problem with The Sun, it’s simply poor journalism.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Zurtech

    Sun’s really turning the 3DS into a pointless crusade. Wonder what put a bee in their bonnet? Fanboy journo, cause some moral panic to sell more copies, new tech is evil, games are evil? I mean what’s this about, surely it’s just them trying to make sales from something new, and being a tabloid they can’t focus on the good aspects of it, so they have to over exaggerate the few little problems a minority of people are having.

    I mean this whole testing with a doctor thing is bollocks, you can tell he’s not done his research, for starters all over the 3DS box and user manuals there’s warnings about don’t let kids aged 4 and under use the 3DS settings, not to mention it’s keeps saying to only use the 3D slider at a level that’s comfortable. It clearly says if you feel sick or headachey then to turn off the 3D feature.

    Let’s face it, his raising blood pressure and heart rate was most likely caused cos he’s probably has high blood pressure to start with. I’d wager this would happen to him in general playing games as they promote emotional responses from the body depending on what’s happening on screen. Frustration caused by playing the game he chose to test most likely was the cause of that not the machine he was using to play it on.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Ireland Michael

    @27 I call it really *smart* journalism, actually.

    Trust me Damn, the people writing those articles *know* that they’re blowing the truth out of proportion. They *know* they’re using controversy solely to push the sales of their newspaper. And more important than anything else, they *know* it works.

    Whoever came up with the idea for the tabloid newspaper is a freaking genius.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. JonFE

    “I’d like to know what the girl with her knockers out on page 3 thinks of all this.”

    I’d like to see said knockers through a 3DS in their full 3D glory!


    Seriously though, this mess could raise concerned parents’ awareness that they can limit 3D usage through 3DS parental controls…

    #30 4 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    Oh yeah sure, but in terms of journalistic quality it’s shocking.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Amored

    Console has a 3D-slider for a reason…

    #32 4 years ago
  33. xino

    Nintendo should had include an auto turn off feature. Like when you play the game for an hour the system would turn off to sleep mode indicating it is time for a break.
    Of course users can obviously switch this auto off thing off.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. nikk900

    @19 Nintendo works very closely with retailers, or at least they do at gamestation where I work. We always have reps in store showing us games and asking how well things are selling. Nintendo have deals with us to promote certain things in certain ways. I think only microsoft pay us more for promotion, followed by EA and activision.

    If we have a game or console get returned in mass we will tell them. For example homefront which came out recently got returned more than any other game in recent times and I’m quite sure the guys at THQ know it.

    #34 4 years ago

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