Kinect brain training, Pac-Man unveiled in Japan

Reports out of Microsoft press conference reveal new mind-and-body game from Brain Age cocreator Dr. Ryuta Kawashima; Namco's pill-muncher also spotted on system.


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In this morning's announcement of the 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle, Microsoft teased that it would be revealing new games for its motion-sensing system at next week's Tokyo Game Show.While it's unclear which new titles the company will reveal, some light was shed on the lineup in a Japanese press conference last night.

Dr. Ryuta Kawashima is crafting a brain training game for Kinect.
Dr. Ryuta Kawashima is crafting a brain training game for Kinect.

Gaming blog Andriasang was in attendance and reported that one of the titles will be a Kinect brain training title from Namco Bandai. Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, cocreator of the wildly successful DS Brain Age series, apparently served as an advisor on the game and his name will be featured in the title.

The title will reportedly feature a number of hybrid motion/puzzle-based minigames, including a soccer ball game in which players kick balls with the right answers to math questions. Another minigame will have players pop balloons bearing numbers in an ascending or descending order.

Also demonstrated at the event was Pac-Man's first presence on the Kinect system. As can be seen in the YouTube video below, the game will have players move both hands to control Pac-Man and the various bonus items he munches on. It was unclear from the blog whether or not the game would be part of the brain training title, and US Namco Bandai reps had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Kinect goes on sale in Japan on November 20 and will cost ¥14,800 ($177) in a bundle with Kinect Adventures. Those two items will also be included in a ¥29,800 ($355) bundle with the matte-finish 4GB Xbox 360 and a ¥39,800 ($475) bundle with the glossy 250GB Xbox 360. Both models come with built-in N wireless functionality.

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