Smiles for our consumers

Continuous support for the Starlight Children’s Foundation

Since 1992, Nintendo of America has partnered with Starlight Children’s Foundation to deliver smiles to seriously ill kids and their families through our line of Starlight Gaming stations.

Gaming stations are entertainment devices that combine a video game system with a TV and can be freely moved around a hospital. They are also accessible beside a bed, allowing children to enjoy games with family and friends and helping reduce their anxiety.

These devices have incorporated a number of Nintendo game systems over the years—and in 2019, we added the Nintendo™ Gaming handheld unit, featuring the Nintendo Switch Lite system. This addition to the Starlight Gaming program allows children to play video games in areas of hospitals that may not have room for the traditional Starlight Gaming station.

In 2020, Nintendo of America employees designed and built 250 Nintendo Switch Gaming stations and more than 100 Nintendo Switch Gaming handhelds for Starlight to place in their network of 800 hospitals.

Nintendo of America employees continue to support the Starlight Gaming program by providing technical support to hospital staff and Child Life Specialists* by phone and email. Team members help troubleshoot issues, send out parts, and help ensure Gaming stations remain playable.

Since launching the partnership, Starlight and Nintendo of America have delivered more than 7,200 Starlight Gaming stations to hundreds of hospitals across North America, bringing smiles to more than 10 million seriously ill children.

* A specialist who provides psychological and social care to children in the hospital and their families.

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