DS gets Brainy in spring

Brain Age and Big Brain Academy are dated for April 17 and May 30, respectively; utilities feature logic, math, memorization games.

The Nintendo DS wants its users to touch, rub, and shout with its unique touch-sensitive screen and integrated microphone. With two edutainment games scheduled for release later this year, the DS now wants gamers to learn.

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day and Big Brain Academy are bringing their brainteasing ways to the US. Brain Age (known as Brain Training in Japan) will be released in North America on April 17, and Big Brain Academy (known as Brain Flex in Japan), hits stores May 30. In Japan, both games have received a cultish following and have been top sellers for the handheld.

Based on the works of neuroscientist Professor Ryuta Kawashima, both games emphasize brain over brawn by presenting the user with a series of puzzles based on mathematics, analysis, and memorization, as well as ever-popular sudoku puzzles. The entire game is controlled via the touch screen and stylus, and a multiplayer mode allows would-be Einsteins to compete brain-to-brain.

Both Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day and Big Brain Academy are rated E for Everyone. For more details on the games, check out a video of Big Brain Academy being demonstrated late last year.

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drollia
drollia

I think that these games are going to do quite well in the US. Really I think that Nintendo is reaching out well with games like these to, Women/ and more none tradition gamers. Also think as a parent that you could use these games as a teaching tool. I think that this is a great thing and I am sure that it is going to do very well

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

The mention of mathematics puzzles has turned me off this game right away.

Kratos_Aurion56
Kratos_Aurion56

Why cant we get an original RPG instead of a brain training game. =(

antiderivative6
antiderivative6

"TryMe01 Gamers to become geeks... when did that start happening?" Where have you been? =)

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

These games are fun as hell, and with proper marketing, they'll probably do quite well here, and remember...this "game" is being bought and played in Japan by not only the usual suspect gamers, but by women and 40+ year old men. Two markets Nintendo really wants to get their hands on over here too.

Viquist
Viquist

I'll wait for the slimline DS before I get one but as soon as I do.... I'll grab these games to go with it

ufopuller
ufopuller

Be a while to get used to that

acu02151
acu02151

sudoku on myd ds, hell i'm in.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Good I love these new concept games that keep coming out here in Japan. So interesting. Some crazy but fresh ideas flying around in those programmers' basement (I want to know what are they feeding these guys?) Well I'm glad there none of that GTA crap on DS. It's sad to know however that it takes games like to sell the system to some... Too bad I'll enjoy games like these over most stuff on PSP so far. The best game I have on my PSP is still Lumines (and looking forward to Valkyrie Profile and a few other RPGs though that's all really). Between these weird and wonderful Japanese games, Dawn Of Sorrow, SMKart DS, Advance Wars DS and the coming Final Fantasy 3 remake I think the DS is taking up more of my time that my home console at the moment. Glad to see DS doing pretty well outside where I'm at. Thought the west are sleeping on Nintendo for a moment... haha. Well glad there's good competition between MS, Sony and Ninty for this coming generation console I might add (and hope it remains that way). Hopefull games comeas creative onthe big consoles too ne...

ben_grasso
ben_grasso

This is suprisingly a fun game to play.

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

Sounds like these games could be very exciting

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

Finally! Hope it sells well.

Ginias
Ginias

its about time these games are coming stateside. now if only the Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou games would be released here...

Patheticus
Patheticus

isn't this the game with that creepy professer head that keeps laughing at you?

ultvgmer
ultvgmer

Finally, now i can test how smart i really am (or how dumb i am) and then rub it in every1s face whom doubted me, Kevin u smelly fat ****

yanyatkai
yanyatkai

I've been long for this game!! It's a good news for me!!!

AlexandriaZ
AlexandriaZ

That game looks sweet, I am buying it on day one. Why do you tease me so much nintendo?

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

i wish i had a DS so i can play these nice games

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

these games look hella dumb. i dont think anyone will buy it either. Brain Age? who would buy a game with that name on it?

GunslingerMan
GunslingerMan

THF2 acctually 1,321,504 million . It's a monster in Japan right now, it's been ages in the top 10 it's just increadible .

THF2
THF2

yaya, finally we get the games that have sold 1928384392983 copies in Japan. Can finally see what all the fuss is about.

sacul555
sacul555

I cant wait for these games after how well they have been doing in japan i can only expect these to be good.(exspceally since i find the general japanese public have better taste in games then americans do.)

TryMe01
TryMe01

Gamers to become geeks... when did that start happening?

DarkKefka
DarkKefka

Finally we are going to get all the crazy games from japan. But then again the American gamer doesn

rbarahona
rbarahona

I'm really looking forward to play these games. I tried a japanese demo a long time ago and it was fun to play. I think that I can use that games between meetings in order to improve my brain skills. I also hope that both games will be priced at $19.99

joeamis
joeamis

Glad to hear that, hopefully they sell decently. Maybe they should be priced at $19.99.

frankeyser
frankeyser

yes!!! now i will have versions in english... i really hate when i import things that i feel will never make it to the US and then they do... foolish i am... maybe playing the english versions will make me smart enough to know when to and when not to import items... i can only hope.

VirtualBoyZ
VirtualBoyZ

Learning and gaming go together like spaghetti and Hershey's syrup! - Ooh, wait a second...

Ichhabedew
Ichhabedew

I've heard the buzz for these games. I'm excited to see them making the trip over here.

Ockeroid02
Ockeroid02

They need an online high score list for it. And the top 10 get free tickets to a monster truck show. Smart people like monster trucks, right?

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

I was hoping these would make the trip across the Pacific