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Nintendo aims for schools

2010-03-19 20:04

London - Could Nintendo's Mario be swapping power blocks for the chalkboard?

The man behind the massively popular videogame franchise and the best-selling Wii console said he's devoting most of his energy to turning Nintendo Co's DS handheld consoles into tour guides and educational aids.

Japanese video game guru Shigeru Miyamoto said the console is already being used in museums, galleries, and aquariums in Japan and that he's working on introducing the console to junior high schools in the country.

In an interview, Miyamoto framed the project as part of his company's effort to broaden the audience for gaming consoles.

The designer was in London to accept an honour on Friday at the Game British Academy Video Games Awards.