February 17, 2018

Nintendo Donates 21 Wiis To Encourage Use at Libraries

Game-maker Nintendo is donating 21 Wiis (valued at $250 each) to encourage library gaming. The recipients are the Alpena County Library, MI; Free Library of Philadelphia; Pasco County Library, FL; Ann Arbor District Library, MI; New York Public Library; and American Library Association (ALA), which will use its Wii at various events to promote library gaming initiatives.

Gaming is catching on more and more in libraries—at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January, YALSA held a gaming night and Council established a Games and Gaming Member Initiative Group. The LibSuccess wiki lists nearly 20 libraries known to have Wiis, which use infrared technology to capture the user’s movement; they appeal to both teens and adults.