For 27 years now, Nintendo of America has been helping the Starlight Children's Foundation bring seriously ill children joy, through the power of play.
Today, the newest addition in the Starlight Gaming program was revealed: the Nintendo Switch Gaming station. It was officially unveiled at the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital located in Tacoma, Washington.
Here's what Nintendo of America's Executive Vice President of Operations Don James had to say about the long-running partnership:
It’s been our pleasure to work with Starlight and observe them bringing happiness to kids when they need it the most. As with everything we do, we hope the new Starlight Nintendo Switch gaming stations will put smiles on the faces of children and their families.
These new machines are specially designed and manufactured by Nintendo of America for use in hospitals and include a mounted playback monitor that can be rolled anywhere within a hospital - allowing children to enjoy games from the comfort of their own hospital beds or in a playroom with other children.
Child Life Supervisor at Mary Bridge explained how the systems help kids get through tough experiences:
The gaming stations are important distraction tools that normalize the health care environment and help kids through difficult experiences. They provide choices for kids, motivate them, and give them the opportunity to have fun when it is needed most.
Since the partnership began in 1992, Starlight with the help of NoA has delivered more than 7,200 gaming stations (covering every major hardware generation) to hundreds of hospitals across North America, while bringing smiles to more than 11.6 million seriously ill children.
You can learn more about Starlight Gaming Stations and donate one to a hospital near you by visiting the following webpage: https://www.starlight.org/gaming/