The great Nintendo DS school invasion

Shigeru Miyamoto says he's game to introduce the DS to the education system, and working to make it happen.

Could Nintendo's Mario and Luigi be headed for blackboards and pop-top desks after decades battling bob-ombs, chain chomps, hammer bros, and koopa troopas? Mario creator and Nintendo R&D guru Shigeru Miyamoto certainly hopes so.

Speaking to The Associate Press ahead of today's London-based British Academy Video Games Awards, where he'll receive a special award, Miyamoto admitted turning consoles into teaching tools is "maybe the area where I am devoting myself (the) most."

Miyamoto can lay claim to some of video gaming's greatest franchises. Donkey Kong. Mario Bros. Zelda. Kid Icarus. F-Zero. Pilotwings. Wave Race. Star Fox. Pikmin. Metroid Prime. If you're one of the over 30 million Wii owners in the US, you also know him for recent hits like Super Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, and New Super Mario Bros.

Add education-related gaming to his resume, if he has his druthers, courtesy the Nintendo DS. Miyamoto says he wants to convert Nintendo's bestselling portable gaming device into an educational aid, and pronto. The DS is already used in Japanese public venues like museums and aquariums, he says, adding that Nintendo will begin rolling out the DS in Japanese junior high and elementary schools in the coming school year.

It'll be interesting to see where any of this goes, stateside. Video games theorist and Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost just typed up an op-ed decrying the lack of substantive connectors between government-endorsed gaming and the actual merits of said games. Nintendo isn't the US government, but--rose-tinted love-glasses for Miyamoto and all he is and represents snatched off for a moment--it's certainly just as susceptible to government influence.

After all, it's already happened in the UK.

Follow us on Twitter (@game_on)

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags nintendo ds

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Peckham

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?