The Nintendo 3DS series (Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL) of gaming systems enables users to enjoy 3D images without the use of special glasses. 3D visuals are created by projecting different images to the left and right eyes. However, perception of the 3D visuals can differ significantly from person to person. For example, for a person who has significantly different eyesight in the left and the right eye, 3D images may be hard to see. For this reason, Nintendo has incorporated the 3D Depth Slider into the Nintendo 3DS series. This Slider enables the player to adjust the strength of the 3D visuals*6. Lowering the Slider gradually diminishes the 3D effect of the visuals. When the Slider is all the way down, users can enjoy playing the game in 2D. This feature enables users to play any game at the level they find most appropriate.
In addition, some studies indicate that the vision of children aged six and under can still be developing, and that allowing those children to see 3D images by projecting different images to their left and right eyes might affect their visual development. To enable all consumers to enjoy the Nintendo 3DS series with peace of mind, Nintendo makes it possible for all Nintendo 3DS games to be played in 2D display mode, and we also enable parents and guardians to restrict the display of 3D images on the Nintendo 3DS series using a Parental Controls feature. Once a parent or guardian has set the restriction, the 3D feature will remain restricted until a parent or guardian unlocks it using a previously registered PIN code.
We are also working hard to ensure that consumers are aware of this information by displaying it in prominent locations, such as on the packaging, so that before purchasing a system in the Nintendo 3DS series, consumers can make informed choices as to whether or not their children should experience 3D images.