Nintendo GameCube Health & Safety Precautions Manual - English

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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 in the past.
  • 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:

    Loss of awareness
    Involuntary movements
      Eye or muscle twitching
    Altered vision
  • 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, skin or eyes 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.
  • 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 - Electric Shock
To avoid electric shock when you use this system:

  • Do not use the Nintendo GameCube during a lightning storm. There may be a risk of electric shock from lightning.
  • Use only the AC adapter that comes with your system.
  • Do not use the AC adapter if it has damaged, split or broken cords or wires.
  • Make sure that the AC adapter cord is fully inserted into the wall outlet or extension cord.
  • Always carefully disconnect all plugs by pulling on the plug and not on the cord. Make sure the Nintendo GameCube power switch is turned OFF before removing the AC adapter cord from an outlet.

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CAUTION - Laser Device
The Nintendo GameCube is a Class I laser product. Do not attempt to disassemble the Nintendo GameCube. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only. Caution: Use of controls or adjustments or procedures other than those specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure.

CAUTION - Motion Sickness
Playing video games can cause motion sickness. If you or your child feel dizzy or nauseous when playing video games with this system, stop playing and rest. Do not drive or engage in other demanding activity until you feel better.

CAUTION - TV Screen Damage

Some televisions can be damaged by the display of a stationary image, because
the image may be permanently "burned" into the screen. Playing video games with stationary images or patterns, or leaving video games on hold or pause, may lead to this type of damage. When taking a break, place the game on pause and turn the TV off until you are ready to play again.

Before using your Nintendo system with any TV, especially front and rear projection, be sure to review all documentation included with your TV to find out whether video games can be played on the TV without damaging it.
If in doubt, contact the manufacturer of the TV. Neither Nintendo nor any of Nintendo's licensees will be liable for any damage to your TV.

Game Disc Precautions / Maintenance

  1. Do not touch the bottom unprinted surface of the Game Disc. Always handle the disc by the edges.
  2. Do not use cracked, deformed or repaired discs.
  3. Do not bend or put excessive pressure on discs when loading into console.
  4. Do not leave discs in direct sunlight or expose to high temperatures, high humidity or dust, dirt or other contaminates.
  5. When not using discs, store them in their cases to prevent them from getting scratched, dirty or damaged.
  6. Do not write on, or place stickers on any part of the disc.
  7. If a disc becomes dirty or contaminated with fingerprints, the system may not be able to read the game data correctly. If necessary, clean the disc with a soft, slightly damp cotton cloth (use water only). Clean the disc from center towards the edges; do not use a circular motion.

Hardware Precautions / Maintenance

  1. Always make sure that the Nintendo GameCube Game Disc has stopped spinning before removing or loading a new disc. Load ONLY Nintendo GameCube Game Discs into your Nintendo GameCube.
  2. Do not touch the lens on the inside of the disc cover.
  3. To prevent dust, dirt or other foreign matter from contaminating the console, do not leave the disc cover open for long periods of time.
  4. Do not use any type of AC Adapter other than the one provided with your system.
  5. The AC Adapter and console may become warm during use; this is normal and is no cause for concern.
  6. The console has intake and exhaust vents on the right and left sides designed to maintain adequate ventilation. Do not operate the console in any location where these vents may become covered or obstructed.
  7. Do not disassemble or try to repair the Nintendo GameCube, accessories or components. Doing so voids your warranty.
  8. After you have finished playing, be sure to remove the Game Disc from the console.
  9. Do not store the Nintendo GameCube in a humid place, on the floor or in any location where it may collect dirt, dust, lint, etc.
  10. Do not drop, hit or otherwise abuse the Nintendo GameCube system, components or accessories.
  11. Do not leave the system turned on for extended periods when not in use.
  12. When disconnecting any plugs from the console or wall outlet, first turn the Nintendo GameCube off. Then carefully pull by the plug itself rather than by the cord. Do not step on, sharply pull or bend any wire or cables.
  13. Do not expose the Nintendo GameCube system, components or accessories to extreme heat or cold.
  14. Do not spill liquids on the Nintendo GameCube system, components or accessories. To clean, use a soft slightly damp cloth. Allow the component to dry completely before using again. (Use water only.)

Patent Information
Nintendo products are protected by some or all of the following patents:
United States Patent Numbers: 4,687,200; 5,207,426; 5,984,785; 6,007,428; 6,102,803; 6,186,896; 6,200,253.
Canadian Patent Numbers: 1226605; 2048167.
Other patents are issued and pending in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.

FCC Information

Under FCC rules, changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority to operate this product. This product has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This product generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this product does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the product off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures listed on the next page.

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
  • Move the Nintendo GameCube console away from the receiver
  • Plug the AC adapter from the console into a different outlet so the console and receiver are on different circuits
  • Consult the dealer, an experienced radio/TV technician or a NINTENDO AUTHORIZED REPAIR CENTERS for help or suggestions. The user may find the following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications Commission helpful: How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV Interference Problems. This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 20402, Stock No. 004-000-00345-4.