Skeptics who claimed the 3DS was going to go the way of the Virtual Boy may have been on to something. The portable 3D gaming system has been recalled for causing consumers to go cross-eyed. Fifty-two cases have already been reported in Japan, and Nintendo wants to prevent this problem from happening in the west.
The game system was recalled earlier this morning by Nintendo and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A Nintendo spokesperson stated, “We conducted thorough tests on the product before the launch but these tests did not includ excessive hours of gameplay.” She continued with, “The 3DS, like any other platform, should be played while taking a break in 30-minute intervals. If you start to feel a headache coming on, take a break. If you feel eye strain, take a break.”
Apparently, the problems are caused when the 3D is turned up all the way. Nintendo plans to come out with an alternative version of the system in the coming months. Possibly as the spokesperson mentioned a “3DS with glasses.”
[Update: Yes, this was an April Fool’s joke. We hope you got a little laugh from it.]