While some folks are given to the impression that just folding your hands and hoping Japan will get better is a help, the rest of us know that the way to help a disaster-stricken area is by helping them rebuild and acquire supplies. And that requires actual funds.
The long history of the Child's Play charity has already made it clear that for all the faults and petty foibles in the gaming community, we gamers still have a willingness to dig deep when it comes to donating to help those in need. Or, in the case of Game Informer editor Meagan Marie, a willingness to offer one's most prized and rare gaming collectible as a charity auction.
In the interest of raising money to help Japan get back on its feet, this auction features an original Nintendo DS in 'Mario Kart red,' sporting the signatures of Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto, the bilingual voice of Mario Charles Martinet, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, classic composer Koji Kondo, and "Video Games Live" piano star Martin Leung.
Marie notes that while the unit is fully functional, she advises the auction winner to keep it under glass and handle it as little as possible to retain its value. While Miyamoto in particular isn't a fan of people profiting off of his signature, I imagine that this time philanthropy wins out over the stress of stardom.