Fears that the 3D functionality of Nintendo’s upcoming handheld, the 3DS, would cause health consequences have been assuaged. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata assured Forbes that consumers would be able to turn off the 3D function, allowing people to play games in normal 2D if they should wish to.
The tidbit of information was in response to a growing concern regarding the effects of 3D gaming on children’s eyesight. It is also a piece of good news for folks who were concerned that the jump-off-the-screen graphics would become tiresome. Nintendo appears to be doing all that they can to appeal to as wide an audience as possible with the new system.
Although the details of the 3DS hardware are still spotty, the rumors should be put to rest at E3 2010. Nintendo has confirmed that the world’s first hands-on with the system will be at the June conference.