More brain games UK bound

Three new brain-training titles are announced for UK gamers, including a PSP version.

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Encouraged no doubt by Dr. Kawashima's decent stint in the top-selling charts, three new intelligence-testing games have been announced for the UK and Europe. Two of them, published by 505 Games, target the already well-served Nintendo DS platform, while a new title overseen by Dr. Kawashima himself will hit the PlayStation Portable.

The DS titles, The Professor's Brain Trainer: Logic and the Professor's Brain Trainer: Memory are both scheduled for a winter release in the UK and will feature a series of activities including simple math problems, drawing pictures, reading out loud, and playing Sudoku puzzles. The games are designed to be used for a short time each day as a form of "mental exercise"--the sort of games that have proven to be popular among a far wider demographic than traditional games.

The two latest titles were developed under the guidance of Dr. Makoto Shichida, a brain and neurology professor at the University of Newport, Japan. The Professor's Brain Trainer: Logic will focus on logic problems, mathematical ability, and concentration, whereas The Professor's Brain Trainer: Memory claims to improve players' memories with a series of visual association and concentration minigames. Each game will have five different difficulty levels and themes.

Ubisoft is also helping the mind game craze on its way with a new title for the PSP, called Mind Quiz, created under the supervision of Dr. Kawashima. It will be released in Europe next month and will also feature online gameplay elements with a challenge mode.

Discussion

27 comments
RedFlame55
RedFlame55

Europe always gets all the good games. And yes, I know obviously a brain game on the DS has no comparison to one on the PSP, since we all know brain training games on the DS have the mic and touchscreen for a far better experience and probably more accurate results, unlike the PSP where you have to push the right button after looking at the rest of the answers. But guys, we do have to give PSP some props for trying! I have MindQuiz and it's pretty good, not as great as Brain Age, but good for the PSP game that is, stop comparing it to the DS versions it's a totally different ballpark.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I hope they release it on the ps3 or wii.... at least the ps2, since I don't have the ds or psp

freaky_monkey
freaky_monkey

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Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

the psp has no mic? i never knew. wow it really is trailing behind in more ways than one.

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

stop thee DS PSP war! i have brain training and it is alright, but i think i will be getting 42 alltime classic agmes first

meimnobody
meimnobody

The 505 DS games will be coming to the states as well. The PSP brain training title is actually quite old it was one of the best selling psp games in Japan.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Hopefully this will encourage PSP gamers to use their brains once in a while. Miracles do happen.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Yeah, brain game on psp is only good if you are good at pressing triangle and x and circle and square in a bunch of combinations. Like "what shape did you see?" Plus, it takes away the whole quick fire thing of the brain training games, making it a more slow game (which will get even MORE boring and tedious). The ds at least has a mic to put a spin on things, and also built in memory in the cards so the saving is done instantly, and you cant cheat by using another save. Making it more of a better purchase, makes you want to BEAT the game you know? Ds also has touch screen, which is perfect for testing your brain with speed and accuracy. :( Well, glad more brain games are coming out on the ds! they rock!

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

More is good. A brain game on the PSP would be pretty limited.

SouthAmerica09
SouthAmerica09

I really wish crap like this would stay on the ds, the psp is for hardcore games. If I wanted to improve my mind I wouldn't be playing any game system period.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Nice to see these brain training games countinue to be developed but why no US love?

djayshaggy
djayshaggy

I cant imagine anyone sitting there with a playstation controller in hand, trying to improve their memory, when they could be killing bad guys or driving at insane speeds....i mean ANY game would be better than this. Its not even a game! ok...i think this guy is saying that playstation users are stupid, mindless drones. That's what it sound like to me. (lol @ driving at insane speeds)

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

how is DS's usability going to translate to psp? use the touch screen and hold the psp sideways? riiiight. non-touch Brain Training will be slow and non-intuitive.

shasam712
shasam712

I think the novelty of Brain Training has worn off. The first game was intriguing, but releasing three more very soon after just seems like a needless cash in.

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Brain Age was ok, but didn't have a great variety of exercises. It got old fast.

SquallLeonVIII
SquallLeonVIII

I think all these brain games being released are very very very boring.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Meh, I'm already studying mathematical science & engineering at uni... but I'll check out what the Quiz game is about.

psebastien
psebastien

people who like the brain games stuff should check out BrainReady.com...they have free brain exercise Podcasts, and sheets that u can print out and do on the bus or whatever. www.brainready.com

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

why would you make it for the PSP? The PSP is limited for these kinds of games, plus these games are for casual gamers, and most PSP owners are out for the hardcore experience

spydrman5472
spydrman5472

Actually, if you kept up with market at all you'd know these titles sell extremely well with both traditional gamers and as latinchemist aptly put it, the "elusive 'non-gamer.'" These types of games put systems into the hands of people who otherwise would never think about picking up and playing any type of videogame, which is good for the industry as a whole. As far as whether or not it's a true game, it all depends on what you define as a videogame. Anything can be a game. Literally anything. Sudoku alone is probably enough for most people to pick up a copy and that's definitely a game.

latinchemist
latinchemist

It's not marketed to the hard core, or even casual gamers, man. In other words, anyone who reads or posts at GAMESPOT. It's all about getting that elusive "non-gamer" money. It's the lion's share of the pie, you know.

dannyb1988
dannyb1988

I cant imagine anyone sitting there with a playstation controller in hand, trying to improve their memory, when they could be killing bad guys or driving at insane speeds....i mean ANY game would be better than this. Its not even a game!

nemesis8722
nemesis8722

Isn't one brain game enough? I find it hard to believe those types of games will sell well for long.