This fifth grader may be blind, but he loves playing video games.
Because of Hibiki’s visual impairment, he can only play certain games that utilize sound as an indicator of what’s happening. His favorite games are Nintendo’s four installments of the Rhythm Tengoku series.
“I am blind, but I’ve always wanted to play video games like everyone else,” wrote Hibiki. “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.
The letter continued to say: “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.”
Eight days after Hibiki’s dad wrote the letter, they received two written responses from the company – one in ink, and one in braille.
The response read: “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.”
Hibiki and his father were so overwhelmed by the company taking the time to respond to his letter, the posted the collection of notes on Twitter for all to see, praising the compassion of Nintendo.
“My son Hibiki is blind and has perfectly cleared every game in the Rhythm Tengoku series, the only games he can play. He sent Nintendo a letter and they actually responded! Them sending such a sincere correspondence to just one person is truly divine customer service. Nintendo, we’re anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series!”
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