Some of the new Nintendo Switch Starlight Gaming Stations are already being shipped to healthcare and hospital locations across the United States. These portable gaming stations are the result of a collaboration between the Starlight organization and Nintendo of America. Starlight is a charity for children. Its mission is to deliver “happiness to seriously ill children.” [Thanks, Go Nintendo!]
Starlight Gaming Stations are designed in accordance with infection security protocols, and the latest Starlight Nintendo Switch line will feature over twenty-five preloaded games from a variety of genres. According to their website, Starlight will also “explore options for handheld gaming.”
Starlight gaming stations are generally nothing new, and they have been produced in collaboration with Nintendo of America for over twenty-eight years. To date, Starlight and Nintendo have distributed a total of 7,200 gaming stations in 800 locations.
Donations to Starlight facilitate playtime for sick children, but can also go towards giving patience with “comfortable and colorful” hospital clothes. Another charity, called Extra Life, has a similar goal to Starlight and also distributes games to children’s hospitals. People who want to make a donation can do so in a number of ways through Extra Life. For example, they can sign up to raise money by streaming games. They can also participate by looking at streams, promoting other streams, raising awareness or through direct donations.