Health & Safety

Nintendo DS health and safety precautions

Important safety information - read the following warnings before you or your child play video games

If this product will be used by young children, this manual should be read and explained to them by an adult. Failing to do so may cause injury.

WARNING - Seizures

Some people (about 1 in 4000) may have seizures or blackouts triggered by light flashes or patterns, such as while watching TV or playing video games, even if they have never had a seizure before.

Anyone who has had a seizure, loss of awareness, or other symptom linked to an epileptic condition should consult a doctor before playing a video game.

Parents should watch when their children play video games. Stop playing and consult a doctor if you or your child have any of the following symptoms:

Eye or muscle twitching
Loss of awareness
Altered vision
Involuntary movements

To reduce the likelihood of a seizure when playing video games:

  1. Sit or stand as far from the screen as possible.
  2. Play video games on the smallest available television screen.
  3. Do not play if you are tired or need sleep.
  4. Play in a well-lit room.
  5. Take a 10 to 15 minute break every hour.

WARNING - Repetitive Motion Injuries and Eyestrain

Playing video games can make your muscles, joints or skin hurt after a few hours. Follow these instructions to avoid problems such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, skin irritation or eyestrain:

  • Avoid excessive play. It is recommended that parents monitor their children for appropriate play.
  • Take a 10 to 15 minute break every hour, even if you don't think you
    need it.
  • When using the Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite stylus, you do not need to grip it tightly or press it hard against the screen. Doing so may cause fatigue or discomfort.
  • If your hands, wrists, arms or eyes become tired or sore while playing, stop and rest them for several hours before playing again.
  • If you continue to have sore hands, wrists, arms or eyes during or after play, stop playing and see a doctor.

WARNING - Battery Leakage

The Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite contain a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack. Leakage of ingredients contained within the battery pack or the combustion products of the ingredients, can cause personal injury as well as damage to your Nintendo DS system. If battery leakage occurs, avoid contact with skin. If contact occurs, immediately wash thoroughly with soap and water. If liquid leaking from a battery comes into contact with your eyes, immediately flush thoroughly with water and see a doctor.

To avoid battery leakage or combustion:

  1. Do not expose battery to excessive physical shock, vibration or liquids.
  2. Do not disassemble, attempt to repair or deform the battery.
  3. The lithium ion battery must not be short circuited. Do not touch the terminals of the battery with any foreign materials or a metal object.
  4. Do not expose the battery to heat or dispose of in a fire.
  5. Do not peel or damage the battery label.
  6. Do not use a battery if the plastic cover has been torn or compromised in any way.
  7. Do not insert or remove battery while the power is on.
  8. The rechargeable battery pack of the Nintendo DS system is only to be recharged under adult supervision.
  9. When recharging the battery pack of the Nintendo DS system, only use the AC Adaptor which is included with the system you're using.
  10. Use the Nintendo DS rechargeable battery pack (NTR-003) only for the Nintendo DS (NTR-001) and the Nintendo DS Lite rechargeable battery pack (USG-003) only for the Nintendo DS Lite (USG-001).
  11. The battery is to be removed from the Nintendo DS system before disposing of the unit.
  12. Do not submerge the battery, wet it with water or any other liquid.
  13. Do not remove the rechargeable battery pack from the Nintendo DS system unless it needs to be replaced.
  14. For the Nintendo DS, do not use any battery other than the Nintendo DS rechargeable battery pack (NTR-003). For the Nintendo DS Lite, do not use any battery other than the Nintendo DS Lite rechargeable battery pack (USG-003). There could be a risk of fire or explosion if you use another type of battery. A replacement battery may only be ordered from Nintendo Australia (refer to instruction booklet for contact details).
  15. When disposing of the battery, follow appropriate local guidelines and regulations. For information on battery disposal contact your local solid waste authority.
  16. If liquid comes into contact with the battery pack, do not reuse it.

WARNING – Radio Frequency Interference

The Nintendo DS system can emit radio waves that can affect the operation of nearby electronics, including cardiac pacemakers.

  • Do not operate the Nintendo DS system within 25 centimetres (10 inches) of a pacemaker while using the wireless feature.
  • If you have a pacemaker or other implanted medical device, do not use the wireless feature of the Nintendo DS system without first consulting your doctor or the manufacturer of your medical device.
  • Observe and follow all regulations and rules regarding use of wireless devices in locations such as hospitals, airports, and on board aircraft. Operation in those locations may interfere with or cause malfunctions of equipment, with resulting injuries to persons or damage to property.

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Hardware Precautions / Maintenance

  1. Do not disassemble or try to repair the Nintendo DS system, components or accessories. Doing so voids your warranty.
  2. Always turn the power of your Nintendo DS system off before loading or removing a Game Card / Game Pak. Insert the Game Card / Game Pak completely without forcing either the Game Card / Game Pak or the Nintendo DS system.
  3. Do not store the Nintendo DS system in a humid place, on the floor or in any location where it may contact moisture, dirt, dust, lint, or other foreign material. The Nintendo DS system may be used only in less humid rooms (e.g. living rooms). Don't use the Nintendo DS system in bathrooms, lavatories, kitchens or any other humid places where there is the risk of splashing the unit with water. Doing so may cause electric shock or damage to the Nintendo DS system.
  4. Do not drop, hit or otherwise abuse the Nintendo DS system, components or accessories. This may damage the LCD screens or other precision components of the Nintendo DS system.
  5. Make sure all connections to the Nintendo DS system are made carefully and inserted into the correct locations only. Hold plugs straight when inserting them into a socket.
  6. When disconnecting any plugs from the Nintendo DS system or wall socket, first turn the Nintendo DS system off. Then carefully pull by the plug itself rather than by the cord. Do not step on, sharply pull or bend any wires or cables.
  7. Do not expose the Nintendo DS system, Game Cards / Paks or any of the components or accessories of the Nintendo DS system to extreme heat or cold. The liquid crystal display (LCD) slower to react or may not work when the temperature is too low. The LCD will deteriorate at a high temperature. Take care not to expose the Nintendo DS system to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
  8. When taking the Nintendo DS system to a warm place from a cold place, drops of water may form inside and cause the unit to malfunction. Continued use may cause damage to the unit. Turn the power off and leave it for approximately 60 minutes before using it again.
  9. The LCD screens may be damaged by sharp objects or pressure. Take great care to protect the display from scratches or stains. To protect the LCD from damage, always fold up the Nintendo DS system when not in use. Do not put the unit in your back pocket. Doing so may cause break-down of the LCD of the Nintendo DS system.
  10. Connect ONLY accessories designed and licensed for use with the Nintendo DS system you are using to any external connectors, otherwise you may cause damage to the unit. Always check whether the accessories are compatible with your Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite.
  11. Do not spill liquids on the Nintendo DS system, Game Cards / Game Paks, other components or accessories. Do not insert any foreign materials. If the Nintendo DS system comes into contact with liquids immediately turn the power off, remove the battery cover and battery, then wipe clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth (use water only). Do not wipe the interior of the Nintendo DS system with any liquids.
  12. The Nintendo DS system should be disconnected from the AC Adaptor before cleaning. To clean the Nintendo DS system, use a soft, slightly damp cloth (use water only). Allow the Nintendo DS system to dry completely before using again.
    Do not rapidly turn the power on and off, as this may cause Game Cards / Game Paks to lose your stored game information.
  13. For the best game image, look directly at the displays of the Nintendo DS system from the front and operate only in a good light.
  14. To avoid dirt or dust from getting into the Nintendo DS system, always leave a Game Card and Nintendo DS Lite Game Pak Slot Cover or Game Boy Advance Game Pak loaded (with the power off), when not in use.
  15. When using the AC Adapter, always unplug it from the wall socket when not in use.
  16. Do not use the AC Adapter if the cable or plug are damaged.
  17. If liquid comes into contact with the battery pack, do not reuse it.
  18. Using cords might cause hazards by forming nooses.

Game Card / Game Pak Precautions / Maintenance

  1. Avoid touching the connectors with your fingers. Do not blow on them or allow them to get wet or dirty. Doing so may damage the Game Card or Game Pak and/or the Nintendo DS system.
  2. The Game Card / Game Pak is a high precision electronic device. Do not store it in places that are very hot or cold. Do not hit, drop or otherwise abuse it. Do not attempt to take it apart.
  3. Do not clean with benzene, paint thinner, alcohol or any other solvent.
  4. Always check the Game Card / Game Pak edge connector for foreign material before inserting the ­Game Card / Game Pak into the Nintendo DS system.

Compliance Regulations ror Australia and New Zealand

This equipment complies with the C-Tick labelling legislation in Australia and in New Zealand. As a radio transmitter using the wireless feature this device complies with the requirements of AS/NZS 4268:2003 as designated in the Radiocommunications (Short Range Devices) Standard 2004 for Australia and as required by the Radiocommunications Regulations (General Users Radio Licence for Short Range Devices) Notice 2004 for New Zealand. This device is a Category A device as defined in the Radiocommunications (Compliance Labelling - Electromagnetic Radiation) Notice 2003. When this device is not using the wireless feature it complies with the Class B requirements of AS/NZS CISPR 22 for unintentional transmitter under the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) regulations.

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