Brain Training wins <i>Edge</i> award

Nintendo wins annual award for innovation; mobile title also recognized.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--A 'close to unanimous' jury, chosen by Edge magazine, today awarded its annual innovation in gaming award to Nintendo. The EIEF06 Edge Award, presented by editor Margaret Robertson, was awarded to Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (known as Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day in the United States) at a ceremony that closed out the first day of the Edinburgh fest.

The game beat out a short list of titles chosen for their ability to change people's expectations of gaming, rather than the game's commercial success. The other contenders were Amped 3 (Xbox 360), Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PlayStation 2), Electroplankton (Nintendo DS), Fahrenheit (PC, PS2, Xbox--known as Indigo Prophecy in the US), Guitar Hero (PS2), Killer 7 (GameCube, PS2), and Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (DS--known as Elite Beat Agents in the US).

The Nintendo rep who picked up the prize said that Brain Training represented the different direction in which the company is headed, one which aims to expand the market and ultimately benefit gaming as a whole. Robertson, summing up the success of the grey-cell-testing game, said that "only Nintendo could make mental arithmetic this year's 'must have' [title]."

Alongside the main Edge award was a new award added to recognize the growing mobile sector. The EIEF 2006 Edge Mobile People's Choice Award went to Dirty Sanchez Party Games. The game, which beat mobile rivals Doom RPG, Lumines Mobile, and Digital Chocolate's Tower Blocks for the inaugural award, was praised for taking the game "beyond the handset."

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43 comments
dexter111344
dexter111344

Nintendo wins(again). Sony & MS lose(again).

tom_dar2
tom_dar2

"Edge magazine is the most pretentious magazine you mean. Basically if its not japanese and really obscure they dont like it." - King Davanos IV Not true at all. Why would they award US-made shooters like Halo and Half-Life 2 with a rare 10/10 score if they do not care for such things? Edge is the most unbiased and professional gaming magazine I have come across.

ragin_massaih
ragin_massaih

Ha Nintendo owns drop in the ocean guitar hero!

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

Another DS game wins an award! Oblivion should have been at the very least nominated.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

yes Edge are a rubbish mag. they do the occasional 360 cover, for godssakes :-p

King_Davanos_IV
King_Davanos_IV

Edge magazine is the most pretentious magazine you mean. Basically if its not japanese and really obscure they dont like it. I can't belive you hold their reviews in higher regard than an enourmous website like gamespot.

gillri
gillri

Edge magazine is the most respected magazine in the industry there reviews mean more than GS's reviews to those in the know

daqua_99
daqua_99

Really, it is the only one which changes gaming out of all the participants ...

_Sam_
_Sam_

I still don't have much interest in this game

King_Davanos_IV
King_Davanos_IV

This is just more proof (as if any were needed) that Edge is the most pretentious magazine in gaming.

Vexonater
Vexonater

Amped 3 changed perceptions of gaming?

meimnobody
meimnobody

hex the DS lite is dirt cheap compared to the psp if you are counting playable games that are unique. The DS is the far better value overall.

EMH88
EMH88

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hex_ten
hex_ten

yeah, i'm also waiting for the prices to drop, this game looks pretty good, i like the idea of holding the ds like a book!

Trigun1
Trigun1

Im a waiting for prices to go down then I will buy a DS but these look good.

U1
U1

I thought this was last month?

Breakfast_Clubber
Breakfast_Clubber

Hey, Dr. ka-WASH-i-MA' Brain... "doctor, wash'a my brain!" *said with a funny accent and wrong emphasis*

Homsar13
Homsar13

wow, these games rule. Indigo Prophecy Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! Guitar Hero Brain Age

Yodon
Yodon

they earned it

Shingo
Shingo

What did Dragonquest do?

quicksilverzxc
quicksilverzxc

Think what'll happen next year after a year of Wii....

hellsing321
hellsing321

Brain Age is great fun. It deserves the award.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

A great game always deserves an award. Hats off to Nintendo.

ZeldaMaster32
ZeldaMaster32

Just got it. It's very fun and addicting. Nintendo knows what they are doing.

DarkKefka
DarkKefka

The game deserves that award.

nestea_king
nestea_king

Isn't that surprising! (sarcasm intended)

titusandro
titusandro

Only Nintendo could have done it.

GreatLiver
GreatLiver

that's lovely even though I haven't played the game in ages

EtrnlHYPNALGIA
EtrnlHYPNALGIA

Go Nintendo! Ouendan!, Guitar Hero, and Killer 7 are also awesome titles. Wii