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March 16, 2009

Nintendo DS made mandatory in Osaka schools

Nintendo.jpegThe Board of Education in Osaka has made Nintendo DS systems mandatory in ten elementary and junior high schools. Every student in the schools has been issued with DS handheld consoles.

Last year Joshi Gakuen, a private junior high school in Tokyo, made the headlines for using Nintendo DS consoles in English classes, but the new system in Osaka is much more extensive. There was some concern over whether government schools should collaborate with one particular game manufacturer, but the Osaka Board of Education decided to go ahead.

There is a lot more educational software for the Nintendo DS available in Japan than in other countries. Some of the most popular local software is for learning Kanji and learning English.

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