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NINTENDO SHARES FALL AFTER CHILDREN GET SICK

Japan’s vast animation industry fears strong consumer reaction to an extraordinary incident when hundreds of children suffered fits, vomiting and other symptoms while watching a cartoon on TV. The cartoon was based on a popular video game by Nintendo Co Ltd called pocket monsters. At least 618 children were affected – and some had to be rushed to hospital – when a character flashed its eyes red. The company’s shares fell 2.5% as analysts feared the epileptic-type effects could hit its long-term prospects. Dr Yukio Fukuyama, an expert of juvenile epilepsy, said bright flashes of light and colors triggered a phenomena known as television epilepsy and while the attacks were unpleasant, they were not dangerous. Nintendo claims that the incident won’t hurt sales.

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