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

Wednesday, 6 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.

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34 Comments

  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

    @9

    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

    @14

    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.

    LMAO!!

    #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

    @22

    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

    @25

    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

    @26
    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

    @29
    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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    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]