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Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes A Day!
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Console: Nintendo DS
Region:U
Year: 2006
RFG ID #: U-087-S-00970-A
Part #: NTR-ANDE-USA
UPC: 045496737122
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating:
E (ESRB)

Genre: Puzzle
Sub-genre: Number
Players: 1, 2-16 Single Card Download Play
Controller: System Controls
Media Format: DS Card x1
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Collection Stats:

  • 319 of 7287 collectors (4.3%) have this game in their collection
  • 7 of 7287 collectors (0%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 0 of 7287 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Overview:

Brain Age is one of those games that just defies what a game should be. The franchise has created a gaming firestorm in the regions it is introduced in, making DS owners out of those people who you would never think would own one. Did I also mention that the series prints money for Nintendo? I don't think I did. 4 million copies sold in Japan alone for the series, that is a feat in a region where gaming has seen a signifant downturn as the masses look for something different to experience.

The Back of the box reads as follows:

Train that Brain!
Exercise is the key to good health, both for the body and mind-- and now there's finally a way to make mental exercise simple and fun. Inspired by the work of prominent Japanese neuroscientist Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, this software features activities designed to help stimulate your brain and give it the workout it needs. Using it for just a few minutes each day can make your brain feel fresh and sharp!

  • Dr. Kawashima is your Brain Age guide, taking you through every step of the exercises.
  • Touch-based controls and over 15 fun activities-- including sudoku-- make training your brain a snap.
Review:

Brain Age goes against what most kids think of when the words "video game" are spoken. Try to sit a ten year-old down and tell him that you're going to make him play a game that involves math problems, recognition, and writing. Chances are, the kid will moan and groan and end up complaining more than an old woman at a bingo game. Here's the thing though; Brain Age is fun. It's so much fun, in fact, that the ten year-old will be begging you to play it.

What is Brain Age you ask? Well, it is a complex game with a very simple design. That doesn't make much sense, huh? The whole point of the game is to determine the age of your brain by stimulating your prefrontal cortex. Brain Age forces you to do this by having you do remedial tasks. For instance; how fast can you do 100 calculations? Or how well can you tell the time between two clocks? I am very serious when I say that this game is highly addicting.

Some other tasks found in Brain Age are Triangle Math, Head Count, Calculations x20, and Word Memory. The game also makes use of the built in microphone. There's a game in which you need to say the actual color of a word when the word is a color spelled out. For example, imagine seeing the word "blue" but in black text. Now imagine having to have to say the actual color "black" and disregard the fact that the word says "blue". You have to do this in a string of 30 or so times. It is difficult, but so much fun. Left handed? No problem. You can choose whether you write with your left or right hand.

The other incredible feature that this game presents is its built in Sudoku challenge. There are many, many Sudoku puzzles in this software. It almost makes the other Sudoku games obsolete. A great addition to the Sudoku feature is the ability to make notes while you play. It is very helpful to leave little notes in the corner of each box. That way, you don't need to try and memorize all of the numbers.

When all is said and done, this game will last you a while. Even if you stop playing it for a month or two, it is so easy to just pick up and play for fifteen minutes every so often. This game, for its price, is a very good buy. I highly recommend picking it up. So get out there and do some exercise. Well, on your brain at least.

RF Generation Review Score


95%

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Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo DS Canada S Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes A Day! Nintendo 2006 Puzzle
Nintendo DS A S Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? Nintendo 2005 Puzzle
Nintendo DS E S Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? [Sudoku Download 2] Nintendo Puzzle
Nintendo DS E S Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? [Demo] Nintendo Puzzle
Nintendo DS United Kingdom S Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? [Touch! Generations] Nintendo Puzzle
Nintendo DS United Kingdom S Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? Nintendo 2006 Puzzle
Nintendo DS Netherlands S Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: Hoe oud is jouw brein? [Reprint (Touch! Generations)] Nintendo Puzzle
Nintendo DS Netherlands S Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: Hoe oud is jouw brein? Nintendo 2005- Puzzle
Nintendo DS Germany S Dr. Kawashimas Gehirnjogging: Wie fit ist Ihr Gehirn? Nintendo 2007 Puzzle
Nintendo DS K S Every Day DS Brain Training Nintendo 2007 Puzzle
Nintendo DS J S Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu - Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training Nintendo 2005 Puzzle
Nintendo DS BE, FR S Programme d'enterainement cerebral du Dr Kawashima: Quel âge a votre cerveau? Nintendo 2005 Puzzle
Related Games:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo DS U S Big Brain Academy Nintendo 2006 Puzzle
Game Trivia:

  • There were T-Shirts for this game given away at the Nintendo booth during the 2006 Game Developers Conference. The front said "Grey Matters". The back said "Have you trained your brain today?" and was accompanied by the DS logo beneath a large Brain Age logo.
  • Advanced copies of this game were given away, months before their official release, at E3 by Satoru Iwata shortly before the announcement of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
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