Brain Age reaches sales milestone

Cerebral treadmill sells more than 4 million worldwide, more than 3 million in Japan; Europe's Brain Age sales off to a fast start since June release.

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To get an idea of how successful Nintendo's Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day has become, one need only look at the recent sales charts from the US, UK, and Japan. The game has been on the market for months but still lies firmly planted in the top 10, largely surrounded by new releases.

While positions on charts are a fair barometer of a game's success, good old-fashioned sales figures generally leave any doubts behind. Today, Nintendo released the latest global sales numbers of the game, and they reveal that millions of gamers enjoy brainteasers.

Worldwide, the game has sold more than 4 million copies, with Japan leading the way at more than 3 million units. In the US, the game has sold more than 600,000 copies since its release in April and was the second-best-selling game that week, according to the sales charts from Best Buy.

But the most impressive figure comes from across the Atlantic, where more than 500,000 gamers have picked up a copy of Brain Age. The game was released in Europe in June, and it reached the half-million mark in just nine weeks, outpacing even Japan, which took 16 weeks to break 500,000.

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day is rated E for Everyone and retails for $19.99. For more information, read GameSpot's full review.

Discussion

67 comments
Zacek
Zacek

Congratulations Nintendo, and by the way, this is not a game, it's a software...

Illumination77
Illumination77

Crovax20... Yeah I did read it. I actually am glad its a success. It just annoys me to hear gameX is a HUGE international success with X million sold only to find out 90% of those sales are in Japan. I'm actually VERY happy nintendo is so succesful now cause maybe that means we'll get some good & innovative japanease games for the first time in a decade without having to import or track down really bizzare & rare stuff.

PwnageUK1989
PwnageUK1989

Tis not really my scene! if i want a brain game ill play chess wit a real person. but then im not really into handhelds either

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I like it, but don't play it a ton. Brain Age is a fun diversion from other games, but nothing on which I spend a ton of time. I'm glad I picked it up, but I would not have done so for $30+.

tuff_gong92
tuff_gong92

I love sony and nintedo (more of the former) but Brain Age is still awesome.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

:lol: :lol: :lol: I guess we should have all expected the PS Fanboys would be negative about the news. They must be jealous because the PSP sure is not setting any sales milestones. :lol: Brain Age is awesome! Go, Nintendo!:D

Crovax20
Crovax20

Illumination77, Did you read the article properly, it stated that in Europe it sold over half a million in 9 weeks, while it took japan 16 weeks to reach that mark. Don't you think the game will continue to sell strong in Europe? I know for one that I walk in my local gamestore it still tops the sales list. And the ads they are running are *gasp* good! One of the few times Nintendo done its marketing right. The way it is selling in this timewindow just goes to show its a popular game. You would be right if it was out for a 5 months and japan accounts for 80% of the sales, but right now its to early to call

Homsar13
Homsar13

i love brain age, sudoku is a blast. and bragging about my brain age is fun lol

samus_hfm
samus_hfm

Woow, i like that game and Big brain too

motang
motang

It is actually a very fun game, and for 20 bucks you can't beat it in it's category.

wellfeedmonkey
wellfeedmonkey

Its a cool little gimmick for your DS to be committed to daily! The achievements you get for being committed are nice. I really like all the sudoku puzzles as well. This is more or less a title for a little more mature crowd. Not saying youngsters wont like it but I remember when I was young I hated anything to do with making your brain smarter and or school stuff! Times change and this has been an exciting title to own;)

lvlUNE3B
lvlUNE3B

I knew it had potential!

Swampthing
Swampthing

They've got to release a SUDOKU only sequel to this one... it's got the best SUDOKU gameplay of any electronic portable out there!

Illumination77
Illumination77

That 4 million is awsome but its ALOT less impressive when you find out it's mostly all in Japan, thats like saying Dragon Quest is the 2nd most popular rpg series in the world cause its world wide sales are 35 million. The fact that all 35 million are in Japan alone doenst matter right?

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

bless all the fony boys getting bothered about DS sales... AGAIN !!! why not go troll elsewhere, that game is rock ur just annoyed cos your psp gets no love from press, gamers or developers. Brain Age is cool though i prefer Big Brain Academy myself. Go DS !!! show em how its done.

youwillbesorry
youwillbesorry

i have big brain academy, and i love that game. is this one just as good?

jared81799
jared81799

lol this game is a hoax! its like a automatic boost to self esteem each time u play it! LOL JK. glad it sold well, it was a good tool.

ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

I have only played My brothers copy (we never buy two copies of the same game). And I must say this game seems fun. I'm glad to see that it sold well. My brain age is 55 by the way. WHOO!

Muluk11
Muluk11

I hope reading this is good for my prefrontal cortex........

elie05
elie05

Yeah it's awesome software and deserves to sell well. Good news for Nintendo :D

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

I have very little interest in this game but If it makes nintendo money they are learning not to do what they did with that damned n64 system the only nintendo console I have grown to hate over time. Then again I am not there target to buy this game either my mom would love it. I was all over new super mario though.

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

It's funny that both people that bashed this game have PlayStation icons.

pohlkat
pohlkat

"it's #1 in nursing homes and unopened box's chucked under the bad come on is this really a video game it seems more like a flash game you find on the net " hey billigloo, did you not read the article? It said its sold over 4 million copies. Do you think 4 million wanna play a crap game? i didnt think so

yoshi_64
yoshi_64

Cool, I may buy this "game" later this week, when I pick up my paycheck. :P

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

yes I LOVE THIS GAME..my brain aget is 26....but my real age is just 17... so lol cant get my age can i? lol

captainalpha1
captainalpha1

This is a great game, and I'm not surprised that sales aredoing this well. Nintendo has introduced a new genre of gaming that everybody seems to be into. (My Brainage is 31)

patjuan
patjuan

Might need to usurp my friend's DS just to try this out. I really want to play new super mario though, I wonder how many were sold for that particular game. New Super Mario Bros has sold 2.6 million units in Japan and 800,000 units in North America. Come on Japan and push NSMB over the 3 million mark. Unofficially it would be the 21 or 22 second game to do so, in Japan, and the third DS title behind Brain Age and Animal Crossing Wild world.

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

I got it and New Mario as my first DS games. My brain age is 24 today (younger than I am). However, after a heavy night of drinking, my brain age was about 67. The sudoku also makes my bus ride much more enjoyable. Now if only I could get rid of the bums...

lgoldberg
lgoldberg

I agree with Paul_TheGreat. When I game, I don't like to have to think really hard.

juanfraino
juanfraino

yeah baby... nintendo is owning 8) *1 copy is mine!*

AgileNate
AgileNate

I sold my PSP and bought a DS and with this title alone I had more fun then when I had my PSP( Lumines was the only game that had me keeping that system for awhile) I will never under-estimate another Nintendo handheld system again. I DID NOT INTEND A SYSTEM WAR CONFLICT just stating my interest in Nintendo's handhelds.

Flan_Man
Flan_Man

Interesting numbers. I wonder how this will impact games for other systems.

komdosina
komdosina

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billigloo
billigloo

it's #1 in nursing homes and unopened box's chucked under the bad come on is this really a video game it seems more like a flash game you find on the net

Global_Nexus
Global_Nexus

The sales of Brain Age are truly impressive. Hard to believe the game has been so successful, but it seems that Nintendo's bid to tap into usually non-gaming markets is paying off.

supercrap1
supercrap1

Let's hope that this makes our unintelligent world a little bit smarter.

whalesex
whalesex

I'm thinking fairdmon might benefit by picking up this title based on his grammar and spelling alone. "so this ame sells? com an i alrady knoiw that, gamespot tell me soemthing that i don't know. "

jorw
jorw

2nd place? That's hard to believe. Which game beat it? Was it NSMB?

faridmon
faridmon

so this ame sells? com an i alrady knoiw that, gamespot tell me soemthing that i don't know.

Seymour47
Seymour47

I have to say I am surprised at the popularity of this. I think it's a great idea and plan on eventually picking it up. But, I still can't believe there is such a draw to it.

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

"Might need to usurp my friend's DS just to try this out. I really want to play new super mario though, I wonder how many were sold for that particular game." The US console charts have shown New Super Mario Bros. in first each week, and it's still hanging on in Japan, too. It's probably sold even more. I have it, and it's a ton of fun. Probably the best 2D Mario platformer ever, in my opinion.

P2L5NM
P2L5NM

There is one, it's called Brain Traning Portable but don't expect to see it outside of Japan, it flopped HORRIBLY.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Might need to usurp my friend's DS just to try this out. I really want to play new super mario though, I wonder how many were sold for that particular game.

myrllellei
myrllellei

I've been rockin' this game so much that my brain age has dropped down to 9 months! Oh crap, I'm drooling on my keyboard again. Head Count is best!

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

"Funny how an edutainment game gets so many sales in the summer..." This game has been out since March in Japan, April in the US, and June in the UK. It's been in the top ten sales every week since in all areas. Where have you been? No need to be so hateful, my friend. A good game is a good game, if it educates you or not.

Zilch06
Zilch06

Funny how an edutainment game gets so many sales in the summer...