Young Stroke Victim Can Play Mario Kart 8 Thanks to Smart Steering

Young Stroke Victim Can Play Mario Kart 8 Thanks to Smart Steering

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – the Switch version of the Wii U racer – released last week. Outside of new characters and a battle mode, the game also came bundled with a Smart Steering feature, which automatically helps players navigate turns.

While the feature may be bothersome to some, a four-year-old girl who suffered a stroke at nine months old has been using it to play with friends and family – something her father says wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

"Thanks to Mario Kart's new Auto Drive feature, [Molly] can now steer with her left hand and let the game drive for her or vice versa,” wrote her father Keith on Reddit over the weekend. “I'm sure this feature will be an annoyance to many, but for my daughter, who would otherwise not really be able to participate, it is the best feature ever added to a Mario Kart game.”

Since her stroke, Molly’s right hand has lost coordination.

“She is currently sitting in my living with my other 2 kids and my wife and all of them are playing Mario Kart and laughing their heads off. This is truly a day I won't forget thanks to Nintendo."

Controller accessibility has become more prevalent in AAA games. Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4 was praised for its customisation options, which allowed players to do things like tailor button-mashing sequences to their capabilities.

Source: Kotaku



 

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Comments Comments (6)

 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Tuesday 2 May 2017 10:44 AM
5
That's really awesome. I love stories like this.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Tuesday 2 May 2017 11:58 AM
3
yay, I hope everyone will be able to game in the future, hopefully they make an old person difficulty for when I'm old
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Tuesday 2 May 2017 3:12 PM
1
I imagine when I get older i will gravitate towards different types of game which will accommodate my gaming style and reflex at the time.
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Tuesday 2 May 2017 3:14 PM
1
Probably moving towards more cranial games without the requirement for brisk reflexes! Really happy to hear nice gaming stories like this.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Tuesday 2 May 2017 3:53 PM
1
2 May 2017, 03:14 PM Reply to CoffeeAddict
Probably moving towards more cranial games without the requirement for brisk reflexes! Really happy to hear nice gaming stories like this.
But Dubsteb Grandpa...
 
 
 
Posted by woollywol
On Wednesday 3 May 2017 1:44 PM
2
This is really important, for gamers with various handicaps. One of my hands is likely to pack in at some stage, and I'm following information on what options developers incorporate into their games with obvious personal interest. Once you start looking, there is a surprising number of folks out there like that little girl.