The non-profit organization JARGA will disinfect Super Famicom units and give them away to children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Japan Retro Game Association (JARGA) has announced that they are giving away a total of 100 units of SNES to children confined to their homes by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The pandemic, which has forced to raise the state of emergency in Japan until May 6, as the country's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decreed, will thus have this measure to liven up complex times for girls and boys who cannot access to a console as an entertainment alternative.
According to the information, advanced by Anime News Network, this non-profit organization will provide a disinfection process to each and every one of the consoles that they send to the chosen families; It will include a console, adapters, a controller and two video games for each child. The only payment to be assumed by those who sign up for the initiative are the possible costs of national shipping. Likewise, it is requested that those who request one of these SNES do not already own a Super Nintendo and that the girl or boy is under 16 years of age.
The two titles chosen by JERGA are Final Fantasy VI and Donkey Kong Country, two emblems of the catalog of what they knew there as Super Famicom. They also indicate that applications to register for aid will end at midnight on April 27; those chosen as winners will be contacted the next day.
JARGA was born in 2011 as a non-profit organization with the intention of educating and spreading the culture of the Japanese video game throughout the country. In addition, they operate repairing consoles (especially retro units), preserving technologies from the past, which they also study, as well as the maintenance of hard-to-find parts of retro consoles. His will is, with the future, to create a museum of retro video games.
The effect of the coronavirus in Japan
The video game industry has been directly and indirectly affected by the coronavirus. On the one hand, the production and distribution of video games has been paralyzed to a greater or lesser degree, which has generated a lack of supply of video games and consoles; especially, new releases. On the other hand, the organization in charge of classifying video games in the Asian country, CERO, indicated that they suspended their activity until the state of emergency ended, so that games cannot be classified and there may be unexpected delays in the release dates of planned titles. for this spring.