It’s hard for a blind 5-year-old Japanese boy, Hibiki Sakai, to play video games because of his condition. However, he finds joy in playing a specific Nintendo game and thanked the giant game company for it.
“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.”
“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.”
To their surprise, Nintendo replied and made sure that Hibiki was able to read their message personally. They sent the boy a letter in Braille and another printed copy for the boy’s parents, according to Kotaku.
“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,” said the letter. “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.”
Hibiki’s parents were touched of the gesture and shared their experience on social media. Many netizens also praised Nintendo’s smooth way to make their fans feel valued.
“Wow, sending a response in braille is such a class act. Kudos to Nintendo for that,” said one Reddit user.