Delivering entertainment, distraction, and happiness
Starlight Gaming delivers happiness to seriously ill children by providing hours of fun and distraction playing Nintendo video games and streaming their favorite movies and TV shows through Netflix and Hulu, by themselves or with a group of other kids.
For more than 27 years, Starlight Nintendo Switch gaming stations have been specially manufactured by Nintendo to meet strict infection safety protocols and roll anywhere in the hospital. Doctors, nurses, clinicians, and child life specialists are able to use a Starlight Gaming stations in a variety of settings from the ER, to a playroom or treatment room, and even bedside for a patient in isolation.
Starlight kid, Jay, is 8 years old with a larger-than-life personality. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoblastic lymphoma, he’s been undergoing treatment for the past year at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Jay’s life now consists of long hospital visits, chemotherapy, feeling good one day and not the next. One thing that stays constant is his love of video games and the fun he has playing on the gaming stations.
“The Starlight gaming stations are an incredible and unique tool that helps turn a sick or injured child’s pain, fear and stress into smiles and laughter...so, we are thrilled and thankful to Starlight Children’s Foundation for this generous gift.”
– Dr. Anthony Scaduto, Orthopedic Institute for Children
In the spring of 2020, Starlight will launch the Nintendo Switch as a part of its Starlight Gaming program. Starlight continues to explore opportunities to enable all of our gaming experiences to be accessible no matter the patient’s physical limitations.
Upon the successful launch of the Starlight Nintendo Switch gaming station, Starlight will explore options for the gaming unit to become handheld.
Learn about Starlight's Gaming program with Nintendo
Highly interactive experiences engage children through mastery and achievement
Playing popular games provides children a much-needed sense of relief and distraction from stressful situations
Gaming gives pediatric patients an opportunity to connect with their siblings, peers, and clinicians
Playing video games provides structure, familiarity, and security during hospitalization
Video games redirect a child’s focus, resulting in reduced anxiety and improved mood
Engaging with games that require user participation leads to less perception of pain at the central brain level
Unique features of the gaming system allow physical therapists to capitalize on their patients’ functional abilities in a fun way