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This week's North American downloads - May 25 (Street Fighter II, Disgaea 5 and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – The newest iteration of Street Fighter II in 10 years, the Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers game is now available for the Nintendo Switch console. The fighting game features the full Street Fighter II roster, plus two new roster additions – Evil Ryu and Violent Ken – as well as a host of new single- and multiplayer features. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers will be available on May 26.

- Disgaea 5 Complete – In the Disgaea 5 Complete game, lead Killia and his tenacious army of rebels on their dark and dangerous path to vengeance. This strategy RPG offers hundreds of hours of over-the-top, award-winning gameplay, and marks the first time the core game is available on the go. The game includes all eight bonus scenarios, four fan-favorite characters and three character classes that were originally only available as DLC. For people who want to try before they buy, a free demo for the game is also available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia DLC – All DLC packs, as well as the individual components included in each pack, can be purchased separately, giving players the flexibility to buy as many or as few as they want. The full version of the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia game is required to use downloadable content.

Season Pass ($44.99, 22 pieces of content): The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass includes all five DLC packs as they release. By purchasing the Season Pass, fans who want to receive all DLC will save more than 30 percent compared to purchasing all 22 pieces of content on their own.
DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack ($9.99, three pieces of content): In addition to a new dungeon (The Inner Sanctum), this pack also includes two challenging new maps that stronger, more seasoned heroes will want to tackle.
DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack ($14.99, 10 pieces of content): The mysterious dungeons included in this pack hold the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes that don’t appear in the main game.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities:

New Pikmin My Nintendo Rewards: Celebrate all things Pikmin with these fun rewards:
Adorable Pikmin Working Together Nintendo 3DS theme (Nintendo 3DS)
30 percent off on the original Pikmin game (Virtual Console for Wii U)
15 percent discount on the Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 3 game for the Wii U console
Online access to Pikmin 3: Prima Official Game Guide
Three Pikmin 3 DLC Packs*:
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 1 Collect Treasure! Stages 7-10
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 2: Battle Enemies! Stages 7-10
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 3: All-New Mission Stages 12-15

*The content cannot be played without the full Pikmin 3 game for the Wii U console.

Also new this week:
- Astro Duel Deluxe (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available May 30
- ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’99 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Drone Fight (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Block Zombies! (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- The Girl and the Robot (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

GoNintendo Video Review - Ultra Street Fighter II

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Positives

- core gameplay still fun all these years later
- easier for fighting game novices to jump into
- spot-on controls
- overall enjoyable theme remixes

Negatives

- Way of the Hado is borderline broken
- underutilized HD Rumble
- bonus content lacking
- basically the same game you've played for years now

Ultra Street Fighter II is a very tough game to review. The core game itself is as fantastic as it ever was, and even includes a few gameplay tweaks and updates. On the flip-side, almost all the bonus content included here is of poor quality or will be quickly forgotten. On top of that, by and large, this is the Street Fighter II you've been playing for many years now. If you're okay with that, then Ultra Street Fighter II should keep you quite happy. If you're expecting big things from bonus content and extras, this isn't the right package for you.

SEGA looks back on how anything would sell on Wii regardless of quality, talk success of Mario & Sonic series

Coming from a GamesIndustry interview with former SEGA Europe COO, Jurgen Post...

"The Wii platform, ten years ago, was so successful and anything you launched on it was selling. Even with some lesser qualitative stuff, you were able to be successful. But that was all changing and you could only sell quality products. We had Mario & Sonic back in those days, and that game was selling so much that a number of other titles could afford to underperform. But when the sales of Mario & Sonic, and the Wii in general, began to slow down, it became very visible that we had to change."

Well there you go right there. "Lesser qualitative stuff" means shovelware, and the now former COO of SEGA Europe isn't afraid to come out and say that. He may say it in a more polite way, but we all know what he's saying.

This week's European downloads - May 25 (Street Fighter II, Disgaea, Darksiders and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II The Final Challengers (CAPCOM, available May 26) - €39.99/£34.99

Featuring a stellar line-up of 19 unique characters, including all of the original fighters and bosses, the characters added in Super Street Fighter II, plus the first new additions in nearly 20 years: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken!

Team-up with a friend to take on the CPU opponent in a new co-op mode. Create new two-character combos and attack the CPU on both sides! Battle it out with a friend in local multiplayer or take the fight online in Ranked and Casual matches.

Utilize the motion controls of the Joy-Con in “Way of the Hado” mode, a new first-person single player experience where players attempt to defeat the Shadaloo army using signature Hadouken and Shoryuken special moves! Nintendo Switch TV, Tabletop, and Handheld modes allow you to play Ultra Street Fighter II at home or on-the-go.

Notice: Fighting online requires a software update.

Disgaea 5 Complete (NIS America, available May 26) - €59.99/£49.99
Disgaea 5 Complete is a strategy RPG and marks the first time the core game is available onthe-go. The game includes all 8 bonus scenarios, 4 fan-favourite characters, and 3 character classes that were originally DLC.

ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS '99 (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"THE KING OF FIGHTERS '99" is a fighting game released by SNK in 1999. This entry in this series marks the beginning of the “NESTS” chapter of the KOF story, and focuses on the new character K’ instead of Kyo Kusanagi. This entry introduces a new Striker Match mode, adding an even more strategic element to the classic KOF game system.


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop (Rising Star Games) - €29.99/£29.99

Making puddings and sweets is lots of fun in Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop! Players make and create a wide assortment of delicious looking sweets and puddings, then serve customers in the shop to keep them happy. Create 60 different recipes by taking part in over 160 different mini-games, using the Nintendo 3DS stylus and even the microphone to cool, slice, stir, bake and decorate their creations. And just like always, don’t worry if you make a mistake - Mama will fix it for you!

• Join Mama in the kitchen and help her create many different delicious sweets and puddings!
• Create 60 different recipes in over 160 mini-games by using the Nintendo 3DS stylus and even the
microphone.
• Arrange and display your sweet creations in your very own sweet shop to keep your customers happy.
• Expand your sweet shop and trigger special events by making as many recipes as you can!

I am an air traffic controller AIRPORT HERO NARITA (Sonic Powered) - €14.99/£13.49
Control Japan's Tokyo-Narita Airport, where many flights from around the world come and go every day. With the terminal placed between two runways, taxiing takes a long time in this airport and thus ground control can be tricky. You will need to pay attention to not only air control, but also to the position and movement of taxiing airplanes. Enjoy the airport scenery and the bustle of passenger planes as you work through 20 stages!

Mononoke Forest (Gamedo) - €3.99/£3.59
Mononoke Forest is a heart-warming simulation game where you build up a village of adorable Mononoke characters and use their mysterious power to bring a village back to life! Take hold of the Mononoke with the stylus and fling them upwards and into the village in the top screen. Attack monsters, recover damaged land and recruit new Mononoke! Group together multiple Mononoke and fling them together for different powers!

Collect various types of Mononoke and select your team members depending on each challenge such as cleaning the polluted air or growing grass on desolated land. Level up and evolve your Mononoke for increased abilities and team them together to increase their power. Develop the village in your own way by placing buildings as you like. Choose to place shops and theme parks and create your own unique village!

Drancia Saga (CIRCLE Ent.) - €5.00/£4.99
Drancia Saga is a simple and exhilarating arcade like action game. Chain attacks to get the coins! Upgrade the powers through the skill tree! Defeat the massive monsters with good pace to solve the mystery of Drancia! The total number of playable characters is over 50!

Pre-Purchase: Farming Simulator 18 (Focus Home Interactive) - €29.99/£24.99 (€26.99/£22.49 until June 6, game releases June 6)
Become a modern farmer in Farming Simulator 18! Plant, harvest, and trade in crops, including sunflowers, available for the first time. Diversify your activity with animal husbandry and forestry. Develop and expand your very own farm... wherever you go!

• More than 50 farming vehicles including AGCO brands
• Breed and transport animals: cows, sheep, and for the first time, pigs
• Plant crops, sell the product of your labor, and invest your profits!
• Develop your farm in a new American environment

Pre-Purchase & Sale until 06.06.2017, 14:59 CEST.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Mila's Bounty 2 (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - Free
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: The Inner Sanctum (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €3.99/£3.59
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Wealth Before Health (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €3.99/£3.59
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Lords of the Grave (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €3.99/£3.59
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Destrier (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Titan (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Skylord (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Sorceress (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Faerie (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Ogre (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Marksman (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Savant (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the Queen (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Altar of the King (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79


Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 5 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 5 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 5 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99

Special offers

Hit Ninja (Petite Games, New 3DS only) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends June 15, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Retro City Rampage: DX (Vblank Entertainment) - €4.49/£3.99 (Ends June 22, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.80/£1.80 (Ends June 22, normally €4.50/£4.50)
RV-7 My Drone (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.19/£1.19 (Ends June 22, normally €2.99/£2.99)
TOYS VS MONSTERS (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.59/£1.59 (Ends June 22, normally €3.99/£3.99)
VAN HELSING SNIPER ZX100 (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.66/£2.66 (Ends June 22, normally €6.66/£6.66)
Carps & Dragons (Abylight) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends June 8, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Crollors Game Pack (NVriezen) - €0.50/£0.47 (Ends June 22, normally €1.49/£1.39)
Nano Assault EX (Shin'en Multimedia) - €7.49/£6.35 (Ends June 15, normally €9.99/£8.49)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends June 1, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Undead Bowling (Joindots) - €3.49/£2.49 (Ends June 8, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots) - €3.49/£2.49 (Ends June 8, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Pazuru (Joindots) - €2.99/£1.99 (Ends June 1, normally €5.99/£3.99)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots) - €3.49/£2.49 (Ends June 1, normally €6.99/£4.99)


Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Darksiders Warmastered Edition (THQ Nordic) - €19.99/£14.99

Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth.

Conditional offer: Darksiders 2 can be purchased on Nintendo eShop for Wii U eShop at 80% off if Darksiders Warmastered Edition is purchased on Nintendo eShop for Wii U.

Rayman Advance (Ubisoft, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
Rayman Advance is a side-scrolling platformer based in the eye-poppingly psychedelic Rayman universe. Rayman's mission is to run, slide and swing through six utterly surreal worlds, collecting magical powers and ultimately thwarting the evil plans of Mr. Dark. In addition to Rayman's main mission, he's also faced with extra challenges like collecting Blue Tings scattered throughout every stage. Despite Rayman's jovial demeanor, his quest is far from a walk in the park. Even experienced gamers will be challenged by nasty bosses and perplexing puzzles, but the difficulty level rises gradually and never reaches the realm of impossibility.

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (Ubisoft, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29

When Globox, Rayman's best friend, inadvertently swallows a dreadful black Lum, it isn't the end of the world — but it could be! To prevent a full-scale invasion of malicious, ill-mannered hordes there is only one solution: Rayman must get someone to treat his burdensome pal.

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 5 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 5 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 5 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99

Special offers

Island Flight Simular (Joindots) - €4.99/£3.74 (Ends June 1, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Sweetest Thing (Joindots) - €1.00/£1.00 (Ends June 1, normally €6.99/£5.49)
Dragon Skills (Joindots) - €1.00/£1.00 (Ends June 1, normally €6.99/£6.79)
Darksiders II (THQ Nordic) - €9.99/£7.99 (If Darksiders Warmastered Edition is purchased on Nintendo eShop for Wii U, ends July 31. Normally €49.99/£39.99)
Hurry Up! Bird Hunter (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.79/£2.51 (Ends June 22, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Pinball Breakout (nuGAME) - €3.50/£3.00 (Ends June 22, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Steel Rivals (nuGAME) - €3.49/£2.99 (Ends June 22, normally €6.99/£5.99)
Toon Tanks (Petite Games) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends June 15, normally €1.99/£1.79)

RUMOR - Artwork from the Mario x Rabbids game (UPDATE)


The Mario X Rabbids rumor continues on, this time with a bit of artwork that is supposedly from the game. There's been lots of talk of the game being the real deal, but today is the first time we're seeing a supposed piece of art for it. What do you think, real or fake? Thanks to FangztheWolf, NicoDarunia and Nextlevelgod for the heads up!

UPDATE - Supposed full image and more details leaked from NWR.

- RPG that mixes exploration and turn-based combat
- exploration is estimated at 35% of the game with combat making up 65%
- each of the four worlds are "twisted" Mario worlds filled with references
- combat is weapon-based as Mario and company can use guns for the first time
- 8 different characters can be used: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Rabbids dressed up as each of them
- combat is more tactical, more akin to a strategy RPG
- can be played in co-op for two players
- Ubisoft appears to be publishing this game
- about 20 hours long
- runs on Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine
- devs are Ubisoft Paris and Milan
- due out in August or September

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 - New trailer, new info


The following information comes from an interview from GamesBeat with Game Director Arthur Parsons:

GamesBeat: Are you also changing up some of the gameplay?

Parsons: We’re trying to refresh everything. We want to make this game feel fresh and new and invigorated. But at the same time you can’t lose that core Lego DNA. That’s a vital ingredient, along with the fun and the humor. If it’s not funny, it can’t go in. Or we like to think it’s funny, anyway. First and foremost it has to be authentic to the IP, the way the players want. But we’re trying to refresh everything.

The combat is getting a massive overhaul. You’ll find that, in the final game, there’s a whole host of different enemy encounters and ways of interacting with different characters. The core controls are getting an overhaul. We identified every single touch point and asked ourselves, “How do we improve all of these things?” Some are getting a slight overhaul and some are getting a massive one, but we’re trying to refresh everything.

GamesBeat: Are we talking about dozens of characters you can play, or even more?

Parsons: In the full, final roster? There will be a couple of hundred. It’s going to be a big number. But it’s not settled yet. We’re always adjusting and adding to that. We work very closely with the Marvel guys. They’re always suggesting new characters to add, so that number will only go up.


Click here to read the full interview!

Dive into the World of Nintendo on the 2017 Summer of Play Tour

Nintendo is Visiting Locations Across the Country with Some of Its Hottest Games for Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

REDMOND, Wash., May 23, 2017 – With universally loved franchises like Super Mario, Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo has been a staple in many families’ lives for decades. Now with games like Splatoon 2 and ARMS, fun new memories can be created this summer. As part of its 2017 Summer of Play tour, Nintendo is taking its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS family of systems across the country so families everywhere can experience the latest installments in these beloved franchises firsthand. From the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to games like that offer social competitive fun like ARMS, Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, the 2017 Summer of Play tour is the perfect destination for kids and parents alike. In addition to getting hands-on time with Nintendo’s popular Nintendo Switch console, visitors of the tour will be able to try out Nintendo’s latest hand-held, the New Nintendo 2DS XL system, as well as the upcoming Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

“For families looking to purchase Nintendo Switch or a new handheld in the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Summer of Play tour is the perfect opportunity to give these popular systems a try,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “And since each stop is filled with familiar Nintendo characters and camera-ready visuals, the tour is a great place to spend a summer afternoon, take photos and create long-lasting memories with everyone in the family.”

The Summer of Play tour will visit the following locations:

Date
City
Venue


June 9-11
Irvine, California
Irvine Spectrum Center

June 16-18
Pleasanton, California
Alameda County Fair

June 23-25
Bloomington, Minnesota
Mall of America®

June 30-July 2
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds)

July 7-9
Chicago
Navy Pier

July 14-16
Glendale, Arizona
Arrowhead Towne Center

July 20-23
San Diego
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (San Diego Comic-Con)

July 28-30
Arlington, Texas
The Parks Mall at Arlington

Aug. 4-6
Miami, Florida
Aventura Mall

Aug. 11-13
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Musikfest

Aug. 18-20
New York
DUMBO Waterfront

Aug. 25-27
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
King of Prussia Mall

Sept. 2-4
Baltimore
Harborplace

Each one of these stops will feature a veritable Nintendo playground of fun activities to enjoy. In addition to snapping photos in front of the colorful visuals full of recognizable Nintendo characters like Mario and the Inklings from the Splatoon series, families will be able to play Nintendo games together, choosing from a wide variety of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games. People who pre-order or purchase select Nintendo games at participating GameStop locations near the 2017 Summer of Play tour stops will receive a Nintendo branded PopSocket mobile accessory device (limited quantity; while supplies last).

Nintendo Switch games scheduled to appear on the tour include:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
1-2-Switch
Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!
ARMS
Splatoon 2
Super Bomberman R
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Nintendo 3DS games scheduled to appear on the tour include:
Pokémon Sun
Pokémon Moon
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Hey! PIKMIN
Miitopia

On top of all the fun and games, My Nintendo members who check in with their My Nintendo QR Code will also be able to receive a free gift item (while supplies last). For more information, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news.

For additional details about the Summer of Play tour, including specific times and locations, visit http://www.nintendo.com/events.

Remember that Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/ or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.


Level-5 working on at least one Switch game

Coming from a Nikkei Trendy interview with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino...

NT: Nintendo Switch, which you can play as both a stationary system and as a portable game machine, was released in March.

Hino: “I think Switch is good. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is extremely fun. It’s almost dangerous. (Laughs.) Actually, playing with Switch myself, my impression [of the system] has changed a lot from when it was still in development. I was hesitant about its ‘play both inside and outside’ style, but I feel like there is a considerable potential there.

“Anyway, Zelda is a lot of fun, so I personally carry it around and play it as much as I can, even on airplanes. The model that Nintendo gave me is the one with the red- and blue-colored controllers, so when I carried it around a lot, the looks I got made me self-conscious. I bought the black controller that they released myself and attached it. (Laughs.)

“I think the Style of Switch is a wonderful fit for competitive games. You can play if you’re gathered in real life, as well as online. For example, I think the fact that the game lovers within a company can get together and play Mario Kart is really fascinating and interesting. And while I can’t say the content quite yet, we’re working on game(s) that support [Switch].”

Just to be clear, the original Japanese wording leaves it open to interpretation when it comes to how many titles Level-5 is bringing to Switch. We know for sure that at least one title is coming.

Niantic kicks off Pokemon GO speculation by saying "This Summer will be legendary"

Archit Bhargava, global marketing product lead for Niantic has caused quite a stir with 5 little words. When accepting one of five awards Pokemon GO won at the Webby Awards, Mr. Bhargava said, "This Summer will be legendary." Those who win awards at the Webbys are only allowed to give 5 word acceptance speeches, and it seems Bhargava used those words to stir up Pokemon GO fans. I guess we'll have some exciting news for Pokemon GO in the not-too-distant future!

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.

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