Despite the fact that the unfortunate handicap of the blind, a fifth grader in Japan sent a letter to Nintendo to thank them for creating the video game series “Rhythm of the Sky,” allowing him to play video games.
Hibiki Sakai, who as a baby received an operation to remove the eye cancer retinoblastoma, wrote a letter to the Japanese video game giant, to say that the series let him practice his musical skills.
“I can see with my eyes, but I have always wanted to play, just like everyone else,” he wrote in the letter, first seen by Buzzfeed. “There were hardly any games that I can play. The only game I could actually play was the ‘Rhythm of the Heaven.” I was able to enjoy this game with others, and no one could beat me in this game.”
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Sakai asked the creator of Mario to have an updated version of the game that blind children can enjoy it as much as he has.
“I strongly hope that you continue to make ‘Rhythm of the Sky’,” he wrote. “I can do it, even if you are a little more difficult!! I am sure that there are many visually impaired children next to me who want to but can’t play. That is the reason why I hope that you develop games that people with a physical disability can enjoy with other people. I will continue to support Nintendo.”
In a very moving way, Nintendo responded by saying that they are “extremely happy” to hear Sakai enjoyed the “Rhythem Heaven” series.
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“Hibiki, your letter will be shared with our game development team,” Nintendo wrote in the letter. “We continue to do our best to create games that everyone can have fun with. We hope that you will continue to support us.”