You may have thought the Nintendo Switch was the ultimate portable console, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Nintendo’s Starlight Gaming Station – not a new console, per se, but a special version of the Switch designed for hospitals and healthcare centres – comes equipped with 25 games, and can be rolled around to different rooms.
The Gaming Station, which is the latest collaboration between Nintendo and Starlight, was announced last year at the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital located in Tacoma, Washington. The same hospital was the first to receive the console, which comes in four designs (Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong) and was designed specifically to be easy to disinfect and clean. The 25 games pre-loaded onto the Gaming Station include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Maker 2, Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu, Super Mario Odyssey, Stardew Valley, Cuphead, and Minecraft. What a haul!
We’ll finish up with this heartwarming quote from Starlight themselves, who say it better than we ever could:
“Gaming delivers happiness to kids stuck in the hospital by providing entertainment and much-needed distraction from stressful situations. It can even provide emotional support, resulting in reduced anxiety and improved mood.”
Yup, we’ll just be over here weeping into our joy-cons, then.