Nintendo will provide older residents Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training For Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Nintendo Switch Sports to play in Japanese retirement homes.

As mentioned in a news release, Nintendo was happy that the initial trial for this effort was a success. Working with Gakken Cocofan, a firm that runs assisted living spaces for the elderly, small-scale events introduced the games to the inhabitants and staff at these centers.

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“We have reached an agreement with Gakken Cocofan to provide Nintendo Switch and compatible software to 200 residential buildings, and to hold events for the elderly using Nintendo Switch with the support of our staff,” said the machine translation of the Japanese press release.

It is not known whether Nintendo will add any more to the list alongside Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training For Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Nintendo Switch Sports.

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“Through these initiatives, we are pursuing further possibilities for Nintendo Switch and compatible software, and by providing unique entertainment that everyone can experience, we aim to reach out to everyone related to Nintendo, regardless of age, gender, or gaming experience,” Nintendo said in a press release. “We aim for a future that makes people smile.”

A great number of scientific and sociological research have determined that there are mental and physical benefits to playing video games.

Boston Children’s Hospital’s The Digital Wellness Lab reported a study from 2018 which demonstrated benefits to focus, spatial cognition and perception from playing “fast-paced action games”.

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Furthermore, study from the University of Victoria in British Columbia indicated that brain function increased when children with cognitive difficulties played a specifically constructed puzzle game.


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