If you are old enough to remember when the original Nintendo DS launched, then you'll undoubtedly recall Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training release. For those who no longer own a DS and have upgraded to the Nintendo Switch, the addictive game could be making a comeback.
What was the original Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training?
In a nutshell, the game did what it said on the tin, giving your brain a hefty workout while you 'Train Your Brain.' The North American release of the game launched almost fifteen years ago in 2005 and slightly differed as being called Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a Day.
All variants of the game featured the same concept; complete a series of puzzles and mini-games consisting of maths equations to literacy skills. Players would need to answer questions with a quick response, and after completion, the game would provide an overall brain age.
Adults were the target audience for the game, considering some of the challenges were pretty difficult, to say the least! Many who played the original will resonate with the memory of wanting to get their brain age improved over the result given, which was certainly addictive! If logic and quick reflexes were your strong points, you would benefit from a lower brain age (which was a good thing). Let's suppose you're in your thirties and got a brain age result of 21, that was considered to be fairly impressive.
Most of the gameplay for the DS version of the game utilized the DS' stylus and would even prompt players to turn the console sideways to resemble an open book for some of the mini-games.
When the Switch version launches next year, it will also use a variant of a stylus, but players will need to purchase this at the cost of around $8.
Although the stylus won't be mandatory to play the game, players can opt to use their finger and a wireless Joy-Con. This means those with a Switch Lite will need to purchase an additional Joy-Con to make the most of the game. The news might not go down too well with Switch Lite owners considering the console is significantly cheaper than the standard Switch, but then having to fork out for a new Joy-Con at around $50.
Players would obtain guidance for every exercise to give them a head start by the in-game character resembling a floating head. Ryuta Kawashima, a neuroscientist playing the floaty head, will be making another appearance when Brain Training comes to Switch next year.
When is Brain Training coming to Switch?
Nintendo has communicated that we could see a release of the game with a huge title of 'Nintendo Switch Training for Adults with Brain Training Supervised by Prof. Ryuta Kawashima, Research Institute for Aging Medicine, Tohoku University' by January 3rd, 2020.
There has been a wealth of studies surrounding the effectiveness of brain training exercises, and although relatively positive, they do not have the backing of any science.
Will you be picking up Brain Training for Switch? Let us know!