Body and Brain Connection Kinect-ing Feb. 8

Namco Bandai nails down launch date for Xbox 360 mental and physical minigame collection; due in Europe on Feb. 11.

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The Xbox 360 Kinect camera peripheral can see how players are using their bodies, but Namco Bandai wants to use it to see how players are using their minds. The publisher has announced a February 8 North American release date for Body and Brain Connection, with a February 11 debut in Europe, where the game will be called Dr. Kawashima's Body and Brain Exercises.

Dr. Kawashima of Brain Age fame has received an avatar makeover.

Body and Brain Connection includes 20 minigames designed to test players' math skills, memory, reflexes, and other capabilities. For example, one such game has the player point out matching pairs from a field of shapes, while another asks players to use their arms to sort toy cars on the move, rerouting them onto color-coded tracks.

While the game isn't part of Nintendo's Brain Age franchise (despite the association with the bespectacled face of that brand, Japanese neuroscientist Dr. Ryuta Kawashima), it will still assign players a brain age and allow them to track their progress. The game also includes a multiplayer mode allowing up to four players to compete for the lowest brain age or best performance on a specific minigame.

Discussion

61 comments
high_flier429
high_flier429

Just another great game to get for my 5yr old.

badtaker
badtaker

what do you expect from Kinect :P

shamarke
shamarke

@Oozyrat Yea where is Soul Calibur V!

okassar
okassar

Lol I would rather read a Warren Buffet biography than play this game, but hey, this is one of many titles to come. Plus, you can't seriously expect tooo many hardcore games to come out on a motion sensing system...there are obvious limitations. Motion sensing in gaming is almost synonymous with the core audience it tends to cater to. If you can't stand core gaming, then don't buy into motion sensing. Simple, you would obviously be wasting your money. Personally, I find the Kinect innovative, and although I am a "hardcore" gamer myself, I still find games like Dance Central, Kinect Adventures, Rock Band, etc.. fun (yes, I know RB isn't on Kinect, but I would consider it a core game and like the Kinect it involves peripherals).

mightEone
mightEone

All the hype over Kinect and it turned out to be a Wii knock off. Nintendo created Nintendogs LONGGGGG before Xbox had Kinectimals. Nintendo had Brain Age LOOONG before xbox will get Body And Brain. I really hoped microsoft would have grown some balls and somehow pull off a hardcore title with Kinect for the real gamers. oh well.

xXBlackBeastXx
xXBlackBeastXx

Kinecting Failure or Success? Like Success, Dislike Failure!!!

Flint247
Flint247

Why is it that when 1 or 2 games like this is announced, people throw a fit? If you don't want it, don't get it. It's like people act like they are forced to buy these type of games. I am pretty sure the developers have not forgotten the normal games, so let's not jump the gun. I know that Kinect is going a similar route like the Wii, but still...

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Where's Soul Calibur V?!

gilldominic
gilldominic

@buffalobill Stunning idea! I want it to happen purely for the headlines in The Daily Mail.

gilldominic
gilldominic

I just hope that the "casual gamer" market matures over the coming years to become more demanding in terms of quality, immersion and longevity of gameplay. With many of the Kinect games I very much feel like the design process has been "we could do that on Kinect too so let's make a Kinect version!" Hopefully over time we'll see some genuine innovation in utilising an interesting technology which clearly has bags of potential.

buffalobill
buffalobill

A Manhunt sequel that allowed you to make up your own unique custom kills would be sweet. It won't ever happen, but it would be sweet.

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

Microsoft, hit me up if you need more awesome ideas.

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

I can see kinect working fine with fight night round 4. For certain aspects of the game, they can use the motion detection. An example would be the training part of the game (jumping rope). If you suck at jumping rope in real life, then you won't earn as many points to add to your attributes. If you are good at it (like me), you will be able to add all the points. That would be super duper sick!!!!!

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

17 games. All of them worthless.

DrKill09
DrKill09

God damn Mii knockoffs. I HATE them!

annoyingdevil
annoyingdevil

i dont think the hardcore games will work there probably mini games in them that uses kinect like harry potter and i think star wars kinect has a high chance of failing since it would look so stupid and it would be annoying just walking in the game . all the time with a light saber

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

Looking at how the Wii is doing these days, I would say the casual motion gaming ship has sailed (or been lured to an island full of witches and had the crew turned to pigs..) Do something new and exciting with this tech, PLEASE!! Give us characters that will react to our facial expressions or gestures, bring back Milo for Pete's sake.

fkbwii
fkbwii

I'm yawnin'. I'm yawnin' some more. And *snore.*

xRmRxfreakBOMB
xRmRxfreakBOMB

i love the kinect and think it's a great piece of hardware. But all the games that are out for it right now scream "Wii!!!". If they want more kinect sales they have to make sure that they make quality games. Not a game that consists of a bunch of throw-away mini games.

annoyingdevil
annoyingdevil

forget about this game i hope you have fun playing this crap xbox 360 fanboys while i play lbp 2 with move and killzone 3 yh kinect is original *sarcasm *

annoyingdevil
annoyingdevil

kinect is awesome you kick and it registers it in 10 minutes . seriously i know this game will suck like all kinect games

anas510
anas510

Kinect is good.............. but this game sucks!

noturfangirl
noturfangirl

An avatar makeover? Looks exactly like the mii characters on wii. The 360 is an HD system, why downgrade the graphics to fool people into thinking its like the wii. Even the name of the game is very similar. Pathetic

monson21502
monson21502

this will be all new. no idea why people are bashing this game. when after what ? 50 brain age games, kinect gives you a chance at a whole new game.

AssassinJul95
AssassinJul95

Dear Microsoft, please note that Kinect was a waste of money due to the fact that a certain motion sensor already existed beforehand *coughs* Wii *coughs*. Sincerely, the legions of people who have an XBOX.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Wii fit or brain training anyone?

helldude90
helldude90

" With great motion sensing, comes great shovelware" *sarcasm*

djforlife84
djforlife84

I'm curious to see how many kinect systems are returned after xmas.

franzito
franzito

This kind of game make me lose too much weight haha!

Slagar
Slagar

Is something better than nothing? I'm not so sure.

karmasbeeoch
karmasbeeoch

WOW! This is just AWESOME! I can't wait to spend $300+ to play dance, fitness, and brain games on kinect! (sarcasm)

JackyRogue
JackyRogue

I see Kinect as excellent technology that they can do amazing things with and hopefully will,but I would need to see this before I make a purchase. Not just going back to making us play pong but by moving our arms, because although the technology is new as far as Im concerned that is a big step backwards that I will not pay money for. Please check out my gamespot blog on Kinect for hardcore gamers!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Minigame collection.... Way to get the ball of originality rolling. Good to see this generation hasn't quite had it's fill of casual and shovelware yet. Good thing there isn't any talent going on here or people might actually be captivated, and we wouldn't want that now would we.

mbashour
mbashour

if you don't want to Kinect with the article, then Move to another site and Wii'll continue making puns...Atari.

sonofabear17
sonofabear17

@ icejester45 the puns wont stop... at least for a while, look how long it took for them to slow in the wii puns

IceJester45
IceJester45

The editors really need to lay off the Kinect puns. I'm tired of reading about crap Kinect-ing.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Sounds cool, too bad these type of games are proven to not help your cognitive ability any more than normal games, possibly even less so.

inferno394
inferno394

What a snore-fest. Wake me up when all this motion wii-hashed stuff is over.

salvucci91
salvucci91

Um. Maybe if I was filthy rich and had nothing else to spend my money on, but I am a hardcore gamer who right now makes not too much more than minimum wage; I'll shell out my $60 on a game that'll hold my interest for more than a week or two.

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

lol look at that little blue faced guy he's awesome XD

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

I feel like I'm being giga trolled. This is exactly what I feared would happen.

blackace
blackace

Ok addition, but we want some hardcore games from Namco/Bandai as well. Every game should not be casual like this. Developers need to remember that this is not the Wii. i would love to see an RPG that uses Kinect in some way.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Mental skills? Are they trying to scare gamers away? :P