Believe me, nothing is trivial
Sometimes it is easy for us to overlook simple changes and cast them off as unnecessary or bothersome. This happened with the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the Smart Steering feature which is automatically turned to ON when you start the game.
Some players complained about the feature, going as far as saying that it gave unfair advantage to other players, that it is not useful at all to them, or even calling out Nintendo for having it active as soon as you start up the game.
But if you ask certain family of 5, something as simple as the Smart Steering feature on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has brought a smile to their young ones.
“…my 4 year old had a stroke just after she was born and her right side is not coordinated enough to hold the controller in a way that really allows her to play with us. Well, thanks to Mario Kart’s new Auto Drive feature, she can now steer with her left hand and let the game drive for her or vice versa.”
A simple feature that some will never use has made a great difference with a little girl, allowing her to join her family in the fun and enjoy a game that otherwise would have been impossible to control.
And this isn’t the first time Nintendo has made compromises that allow others who normally play their games enjoy them, like a story told by a woman whose husband was blind, but they were able to enjoy playing 1-2-Switch together because the game didn’t require you to actually look at the screen to play it.
Even if Nintendo has yet to unveil what their ‘Quality of Life’ product really is, they have been able to assist in providing a better quality of life to their dedicated fans and gamers alike.