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Nintendo wants to get consoles, handhelds into schools

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Mar 2010 17:48 User comments (5)

Nintendo wants to get consoles, handhelds into schools Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind the Mario franchise has said today in an interview with the AP that he is trying very hard to get Nintendo's DS handheld into schools as teaching tools or educational aids.
"That is maybe the area where I am devoting myself (the) most," Miyamoto adds.

He notes that the DS is already used in museums and aquariums and that the gaming giant will begin to release the DS "in junior high and elementary schools in Japan starting in the new school year."

Additionally, the designer, when asked about new motion control systems Natal and Move, simply said he was "honored" that Microsoft and Sony were following in the path of the Wii, for which Miyamoto also has design credit.

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5 user comments

119.3.2010 20:42

Obviously Miyamoto has not been around w/kids, has he? Johhny himself couldn't resist the temptation of playing Pokemon underneath his desk. :)

219.3.2010 21:48

I can imagine it would work great as a way for Japanese kids to learn English, but in the 'States there aren't any officially released applications that would fit a middle-school setting... That I know of, anyway.
Maybe Brain Training for Kindergarten or Preschool?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 19 Mar 2010 @ 21:50

320.3.2010 0:57

Hey, they have to do something...no one wants their junk, and most of their sales are to ignorant parents...and most kids have told the parents, "I would rather get socks than nintendo"

Selling to schools seemed to work very well for Apple...and Nintendo seems to want to become Apple.

423.3.2010 11:34

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Hey, they have to do something...no one wants their junk, and most of their sales are to ignorant parents...and most kids have told the parents, "I would rather get socks than nintendo"
My 6 year old loves his DS(with R4) and my 11 year old is always kicking off to play on it. They actually play on this more than the PSP(with gen FW).

I actually played Mario Party yesterday evening and it was wuite fun.

Not a fan of the Wii though, We use ours as a glorified media player (Geexbox)

523.3.2010 12:49

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Hey, they have to do something...no one wants their junk, and most of their sales are to ignorant parents...and most kids have told the parents, "I would rather get socks than nintendo"
Once again a pretty bold statement. 125 million units sold, a catalog of good games, and a wide audience (little kids to grandparents). The system is hardly junk.

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