‘‘ 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.