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Nintendo Sends Heart-Warming Letter To A Blind Fan

Corporations don’t often take the time to respond directly to their fans, but Nintendo really made an effort in this case. Hibiki Sakai is a 5th grader from Japan who sadly lost his eyesight at a young age. However, he still manages to play Nintendo games. According to his letter, he loves the Rhythm Heaven series. Hoping that Nintendo will make more Rhythm games, Sakai wrote this letter to the company.

Dear Nintendo,

Hello. My name is Hibiki Sakai and I am in fifth grade. I am blind, but I’ve always wanted to play video games like everyone else. But there aren’t many games I can play at all. The one game I can really play is Rhythm Tengoku. It’s the only game I can enjoy together with others, and I never lose at it. I’ve gotten perfect scores on all the versions on the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii, and 3DS too.

So I really, really want you to make more Rhythm Tengoku games. And it’s perfectly fine if you make them a little harder too!

I think that there are a lot of other kids with visual impairments who want to play video games but can’t. So I’d love for you to develop more games for people with handicaps to enjoy playing with others.

I will always support you, Nintendo.

From Hibiki Sakai

While Nintendo could have responded with a generic response, the company quickly replied with a letter in Braille. It’s amazing to see Nintendo caring so much about their fans. Check out their response below.

Thank you so much for sending us here at Nintendo your heartwarming letter.

We are so happy to hear that you’ve perfected and enjoyed Rhythm Tengoku, Rhythm Tengoku Gold, Minna no Rhythm Tengoku, and Rhythm Tengoku The Best.

We have passed on your letter to Nintendo’s development department. We want to keep making games that everyone can have fun playing, so thank you for your support.

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27 comments

  1. What part exactly of Nintendo’s letter is “heart-warming”? It sounds like a generic, short and cold corporate answer. If anything, I would consider Sakai’s letter “heart-warming”, but not Nintendo’s.

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      1. Yeah, and the fact that a huge company like Nintendo would be nice enough to take his comment into consideration and then leaving a tease for a new game the kid loves the most is just great

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      2. You certainly have a point there. Though I kinda doubt their wording would have sounded any different if they had more room.

        It’s not even like I want to belittle this gesture or anything. It’s certainly a nice move by them, if nothing else. I just don’t consider the letter all that “heartwarming”, since their wording just reminds too much of their typical PR talk. The “written in Braille” part sure feels very personal, but the general wording of the letter just feels too impersonal for me to be quite “heartwarming” yet. A nice gesture, for sure. But not that “heartwarming”.

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  2. Wait, if he is blind then how can he write a letter? Let alone read one?
    Also if Nintendo was going to send a letter to a blind person, then shouldn’t it be in Braille?

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  3. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits. This use to be something that awaited those for all consoles. It's sad it's mostly just a PS4 slogan these days. Maybe Nintendo will get back to that greatness with the Switch. Only time will tell.} says:

    Did they really have to name every game in the franchise? Makes this less heart-warming & more of a PR letter trying to sell games. Still, least they sent it to him in Braille… Well hopefully the kid appreciated it none the less since it’s probably the best he’s gonna get from them when it comes to a letter. Giving him first hands on with the next Rhythm Heaven game for free would be much more heartwarming than this. *shrug*

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