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‘‘ We know that some peo­ple do find watch­ing full 3D un­com­fort­able and that’s why the 3D Depth Slider is such a good ad­di­tion,’’ Arthur­ton says.

Though Aus­tralian gamers will get the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the 3D ef­fect to­mor­row, the con­sole went on sale in Ja­pan late last month.

In or­der to win gamers over to the $349.95 de­vice, Nin­tendo will hold a demon­stra­tion road­show through­out five Aus­tralian states over the next three months.

Game­traders mar­ket­ing man­ager Rob Jenk­ins says the road­show is a nec­es­sary step to win over po­ten­tial users, many of whom may have been burnt by half-hearted 3D games in the past.

‘‘ The 3DS is an un­known fac­tor,’’ he says. ‘‘ It’s go­ing to be one of those things where peo­ple will try it and test it out and see if they like it or if it gives them a headache.’’

Jenk­ins says the con­sole is likely to ap­peal to a wide au­di­ence, but par­ents of young chil­dren may be con­cerned about its ef­fect on their eyes.

Nin­tendo warns that the con­sole’s 3D fea­ture ‘‘ may cause vi­sion dam­age’’ in chil- De­but: Nin­tendo launches its new 3D tech­nol­ogy to­mor­row. dren aged six and un­der be­cause their vi­sion is not fully de­vel­oped.

For this rea­son, the games maker has added a Parental Con­trol fea­ture that can dis­able its 3D mode.

Re­gard­less, In­ter­ac­tive Games & En­ter­tain­ment As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Ron Curry says the new con­sole has po­ten­tial to win con­sumers over to 3D in a big way.

‘‘ It could be a gateway to get gamers in­ter­ested in the tech­nol­ogy . . . this con­sole has big po­ten­tial,’’ Curry says.

Its fate is now down to con­sumers.

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