Hey Nintendo. Here’s a really good idea. Love, Justin Hoenke

Photo by Tim Barber, http://www.timesfreepress.com/staff/tim-barber/

Let me begin with a simple statement: I love you. I’ve loved you ever since I got my Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. I love you so hard that I got Link tattooed on my arm a few years ago. I did it so that I can talk to more people about Nintendo and video gaming in libraries (psst, I’m a librarian) .

Anywho, there are a lot of people around that are saying that Nintendo is not doing so well and that the Wii U is a failure. At the same time, there are a lot of people saying the Wii U is the best thing to get this holiday season. I totally agree with the latter. But there’s still a lot of people that don’t agree with me. I have an idea on how we could change their minds.

You’re doing a great job with reaching out to people in new and unique ways to talk about your awesome video games (especially Nintendo Direct, which I love). I would love to take this one step further with you.

Like I said above, I’m a public librarian. I work with the public. People! Libraries are doing this neat thing these days….playing video games and talking about video games with our communities! I work at a library where we offer video gaming to kids, tweens, teens, and their caregivers during our open hours. It’s been a really huge success! (read me!). We’ve even had a Nintendo Club from time to time! Simply stated…People love video games, especially when they can play video games with each other.

This is where you come in….you make video games that are designed for people to play together in the same room! Think about the Wii U: four controllers, one gamepad, games like Mario Kart 8 and NintendoLand. Think about the 3DS….you love it when we connect with other via StreetPass and play games together. You want people to play games together! The public library has always been a place where the community connects with each other, be it over video games, books, events, movies, and more. Libraries connect the community to great things.

Wii U in the middle of our Library Arcade. Why? To give it the biggest TV to show off the HD graphics and to encourage people visiting the library to play together!

TL;DR Here’s my idea: Have you ever considered working with a public library? We have people who will play video games together. We have the space for people to play video games together. What we don’t have is a lot of funding and support (usually). We can buy some games, a Wii U, and have the very basic offerings for our communities. We usually don’t get the latest and greatest games. We tend to stick to the classic multiplayer games (Mario Kart! Super Smash Bros!) and that’s about it.

What if you partnered with public libraries? We could help introduce your amazing games to so many people. Here’s an idea that I’ve had in my head for years: what if you installed one of those fancy 3DS demo units that you usually see at Target and Wal Mart in a public library? People could try your games. Libraries could introduce handheld gaming to the community. The outcome? You would have more people enjoying (and maybe purchasing?) Nintendo games. Libraries could provide another worthwhile service for our community. We both win and we are both happy.

That’s my idea for you. Nintendo, feel free to reach out to me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com or @justinlibrarian if you want to talk. Even if nothing comes out of it, it would be rad to talk about Nintendo and Libraries with you. In the end, all I want is to do something cool that involves three very important things in my life: Nintendo, Libraries, and my Community.

PS: Please make more Animal Crossing games.