Nintendo sends special braille letter to a blind fan

This is a pretty amazing story, and it all starts with a letter one fan sent to Nintendo. Hibiki Sakai is a 5th grader that loves Nintendo. He also happens to be blind. He's been that way since the age of 2, but that doesn't stop him from playing video games. In particular, he absolutely loves the Rhythm Heaven series, which is why he sent Nintendo the letter above. The translation can be found below.

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

Eight days later, Nintendo sent a response to Hibiki. It wasn't just any response, though. They took the time to write Hibiki in braille.

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.

One fan, one letter, and one very special response from Nintendo. Such an awesome thing to see.


That's great! This kid's parents should get him 1-2-Switch... He could play almost every game.

It brought a tear to my eye. Man am I emotional today ;-;

Mon May 22 17 03:53am
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That's cool.

The kid's name is Hibiki. Which is the name of one of the Kamen Riders. What is that Kamen Rider's gimmick? He drums, and that is related to rhythm. I bet that kid would be good at Taiko Drum Master too.

The problem with Taiko no Tasujin is that you need to look at the screen to know which button to press (or which side to hit on the drum, if you have a drum controller) and at which moments. There are no sound cues like in Rhythm Heaven

There certainly is a magic to Rhythm Paradise in that you can play it without actually looking at the screen. It's a great game to play in the dark or on the train, where you don't actively have to look at the system but instead just need to focus on listening.

I feel for this kid, I wish there were more games that focused on Sound as a mechanic.

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