Japanese gamers reportedly sickened by 3DS at recent event, GamesRadar reserving judgement 'til tomorrow

That's the word from a Japanese magazine report anyway, relating apparent consumer surveys from Nintendo's 3DS event in Tokyo last week. Dizziness and fatigue are the main symptoms mentioned by the report, with some players claiming to have suffered them after 10 minutes.

We are, however, a little dubious of these claims at the moment. In fact we'd say it's way to early to worry about a Nintendo-induced puke carnival. You see while the report, from Friday Magazine, claims that "over half the people" interviewed reported various cranial unpleasantries, its exact statistics aren't revealed.

The report claims that the majority of players questioned experienced dizziness and tired eyes rather rapidly, with one 30-year-old man stating that he had to switch the handheld's 3D display off altogether. Others said that the symptoms could be reduced by holding the device in a fixed position.

Rather worrying on the surface of it, but the thing is, we don't know how many people were actually surveyed. The magazine's claims of more than a 50% complaint ratio sound damning, but if that 50% breaks down to three out of 5 people in real numbers then it really doesn't matter. Similarly, if those comments about holding the machine still mean that some gamers were goonishly waving the thing around trying to see behind 3D objects like cavemen trying to work out where the sun was buried at night, that might explain some of the prolems they were having.

Basically, there are too many unknown variables in this story in the moment. And you can add to that list of unknowns the fact that we really don't know what kind of a magazine Friday is. It looks a little on the tabloidy side from the few images we've seen of it, but again we're basically guessing. Its typical game coverage could be hard-hitting Edge-style analysis, or it could be the Japanese equivalent of The Daily Sport.

So how can you know the truth? Simple. Just stick with GamesRadar. Matt and Justin are braving a stupid o' clock flight tomorrow morning to head over to Amsterdam, where they'll go hands and eyes on with the 3DS themselves. They'll return packing every bit of information you could possibly need, from hardware, to games, to quality of pixels and robo-eye-analysed framerates if Mr. Towell has his way. And should either of them return to the office covered in vomit and tripping over furniture, we'll let you know immediately. Though if they do, it could just be because they'll have been in Amsterdam. Either way, the truth will out.

Thanks, The Magic Box 




  • CaptainSalmon - January 19, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    When I saw that title I just assumed that the Japanese gaming community were just disgusted by the concept of 3D gaming, and Nintendo 'selling out'. Nice to know it was just physical unwellness.
  • reaperman22 - January 19, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    seriously why are so many people against 3d, it looks amazing and it doesn't give me headaches at least plus its not like you need to wear the glasses all the time, only when your actually watching 3d stuff and even then it isnt that blurry... i sort of think some people are so against it because they cant afford it but that still doesnt make sense because you could easily ignore its existence if you hate it that much
  • sirpsychosexy - January 19, 2011 3:34 a.m.

    Ehhhh... I'm still confident in Nintendo. I can always trust in Nintendo to never make any gimmicky devices and only allow the highest quality software/peripherals on their systems. That seal of quality has saved us before... right? No but beyond sarcasm, I'm glad I read in on this article because the title made me doubt.
  • Robusken - January 19, 2011 2:56 a.m.

    I'm sure its just the people that are incredibly sensitive to everything that would get sick. I would compare it to a 3d movie, but of course you usually sit in one spot while watching a movie. Eh still...I doubt its anything to worry about. I'd be fine turning the 3D off the majority of the time I'm playing.
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - January 19, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    I think that GR staff would still play the 3DS even if it caused blindness.
  • shawksta - January 18, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    Yeah, and back then people complained about Wii's Motion "Not working" when in reality they used it the wrong way. Its possible people with eye problems will experience this but not likely. Maybe its the grown up kids who got seizures from that pokemon episode XD
  • shadowreaper72 - January 18, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    I dunno this may prove true. I dont know bout everyone else but everytime I watch a movie in 3d I get a major headache from it. Then again its probably those damn glasses. I cant stand wearing glasses.
  • CandiedJester - January 18, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    @mockraven yes there will be a little slider to change the intensity of the 3d effect, and with it you can turn it all the way to 0, effectively turning it into a regular 2d screen.
  • CandiedJester - January 18, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    My guess is people prone to motion sickness are going to have problems, and people who are not will not. I know I do not, never puked on a ride my entire life, and when I went to see Cloverfield in the theaters with my mom and brother they both complained about getting a headache/motion sickness, and I didn't notice a thing. I don't think I should have any problem. I am sure there will be a percentage of people who are going to complain, there is no avoiding that. But it isn't nintendo's fault that they are motion sickness prone :P.
  • Deutero - January 18, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    The phenomena they are describing doesn't sound any worse than what you experience after getting a pair of new prescription glasses. You may get dizzy and tired at first, but your eyes adjust to it within a few days. Granted the 3DS isn't something that you will be look at for days at a time, but your eyes may eventually adjust to it.
  • mockraven - January 18, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    I really hope to see the 3DS succeed. The biggest appeal to me for the handheld is the analog stick, but I'm sure the 3D screen is also fun. The game list for it looks pretty smoking, too. I wonder, though, if there'll be a toggle to turn off the 3D effect for more sensitive people. I saw mention of turning off the 3D screen in the article, but I'm not sure if that meant turning off the screen entirely or just the effect. Anyway, I'll be waiting for a follow-up on this article! It's awesome to know that our beloved Gamesradar journalists understand the concept behind "statistics" before leaping to conclusions.
  • Felixthecat - January 18, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    Well, I'm primarily getting the 3DS for the line-up. Anything else, such as the 3D, is just a nice little bonus.
  • skeletalbutton - January 18, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Nintendo induced puke carnival = best sentence ever.
  • indianair5 - January 18, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, I doubt Nintendo would lack to foresight (especially these days) to release a system that makes half the consumers sick, but if it DOES, then at least we'll have an interesting story for the year. Also, EDGE kinda sucks. Sorry guys...
  • Hawkza123 - January 18, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    StaTITistics? An unfortunate typo or another shameless attempt to make everything bewbs?
  • kriscotw9 - January 18, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Sounds a bit bias tbh, the 1st bad review comes in and you say its false? or not accurate? i cant really see how you would know that
  • WTeen8 - January 18, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    There's also the possibility that some of these people might not of adjusted the 3D properly to their likings.
  • LuigiGBA - January 18, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    I think we should also remember Japan's track record with motion sickness, it's the main reason first person games are relatively unpopular there. What may make the Japanese public sick may not bother American people as much or at all.
  • Balaska - January 18, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    I also agree with Paladin 76, partially, glasses free 3D could the most awesome thing ever and I would be happy to see this kind of technology proliferate, unless of course there are holographic TVs a few years away and I have to ugrade AGAIN. Current 3D technology is rubbish though and already outdated, I kinda feel sorry for anyone with a 3DTV that requires glasses.
  • MattOfSteel - January 18, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    I call bullcrap. I played with this thing for at least 20 minutes at E3 and the only thing that made me sick was having to resist the urge to shove it in my pocket and run.

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