Vibrations in the gaming controller enable Hibiki to play the ‘Rhythm Tengoku’ series across a number of different Nintendo platforms, including Game Boy Advance and Wii.
Twitter user @ Kentarock 1020 posted a photo of a letter sent by his blind son to the video game giant, a message thanking them for investing time in the series, involving an array of rhythm-based mini-games.
The letter is translated below:
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"
Nintendo has a history of top-level customer relations so getting a response eight days later perhaps wasn’t a surprise – how the company chose to do it however was inspiring, writing a letter in braille so Hibiki was able to read it himself.
The response reads:
"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."
The reply, in combination with the fact that they created games for users with vision problems seems to highlight the forward-thinking nature of Nintendo and how much they value their relationship with customers.
As for Hibiki, who was diagnosed with a rare aggresive form of reitnoblastoma that left him blind at the age of two, he has plenty to keep him preoccupied, showing a talent on the drums too.