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Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain (Nintendo DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 3 and Over
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
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  • Sudoku - Use logic to fill in missing numbers on a grid.
  • Syllable Count - Count the syllables in well-known phrases.
  • Reading Aloud - Read classic literature as fast as possible.
  • Stroop Test - Say the names of colors as they appear.
  • Word Memory - Memorize words that appear on screen.
  • Speed Counting - Count to 120 as fast as you can.
  • Connect Maze - Draw lines to connect letters and numbers in alphabetical and numeric order.
  • Calculation - Perform simple math problems quickly.
  • Head Count - Count people as they enter and exit a house.
  • Triangle Math - Solve math problems in a certain pattern.
  • Low to High - Memorize the position of numbers, then touch them in order from lowest to highest.

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • ASIN: B000EGELP0
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14 x 1.3 cm ; 18 g
  • Release Date: 9 Jun. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day is a fun, rewarding form of entertainment everyone can enjoy. Inspired by cutting-edge neuroscience, it`s a full set of reading and mathematic exercises that stimulate the brain. At the start, you`ll take a series of tests and get a score that determines how old your brain is. This is your Brain Age -- by performing daily exercises just minutes a day over weeks and months, the better you`ll get and the lower your Brain Age will get.


  • The program sets up a specialised regime especially for the user
  • Use the built-in calendar to track and record your progress
  • Results are displayed in easy to understand graphs
  • Obtain a certain number of marks to unlock additional tests and challenges
  • Also includes the popular sudoku numbers game
  • Voice recognition system
  • answer certain questions with your voice
  • Play with your friends using the DS wireless communication - only one game card is required, and up to 16 players can join in
  • Send a free demo version to a friend through wireless download

Amazon.co.uk Review

In a nutshell:
The portable phenomenon that has taken Japan by storm finally hits the UK. Part puzzle game, part self improvement tool this is the only game that’s both lots of fun and good for you – and that’s before you even start on Sudoku!

The lowdown:
Nothing about this game is ordinary, from the price to the way you hold the DS while playing it (vertically, as if you were reading a book). The basic idea is that you play through a series of puzzles each day, for about 10 minutes, and at the end of each session the "age" of your brain is calculated. The puzzles themselves range from simple maths questions to spot the difference, memorisation and comprehension. All of the answers are inputted either by drawing the answer on the touchscreen or speaking it into the DS’s in-built microphone. There’s also a multiplayer mode for up to 15 people where you can try and compete to record the youngest brain age.

Most exciting moment:
A brand new addition to the game, not included in the Japanese version, is a special DS version of Sudoku. This works great on the DS’s touch screen and is worth the already low price of admission on its own.

Since you ask:
A sister title to Brain Training, named Big Brain Academy, is due for release in July and offers to "weigh" your brain and improve specific skills such as memorisation and analysis. A direct sequel to Brain Training has also been released in Japan but is not yet scheduled for released in the UK.

The bottom line:
The only game that really is for the whole family – from kids to OAPs.
Harrison Dent

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, accessible and great value 15 Nov. 2007
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A very addictive experience and one that anybody who can read and count will enjoy. It's less unique now then it was a year ago because of the glut of similar titles inspired by it's success. But the original Brain Training still stands tall as one of the best games on the market today.
Through short daily activities and personal performance statistics Brain Training soon has you hooked. As you improve you unlock new games which give more variety to play.
The game really comes alive with 2 or more players. There's no wifi multiplayer, but players have their own files in the game which automatically compares performance stats and pictures. Perfect for a competitive family!
My only criticism is that you can get bored with the games after a month or so. But having said that, most full price games I've bought have only hooked me for about a month and loose a bit of sparkle after that so at the budget price that Brain Training retails for you can't really loose.
This is one of the only games that has instantly grabbed everyone I've have ever shown it to, right across the age range. Every family with a DS in the house should get a copy and this game is one of the reasons to own a DS in the first place.
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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining 22 Jun. 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I must admit, having heard about Brain Age (the US title of Brain Training) some time ago, I wasn't immediately interested. It seemed to me to be nothing more than a 'mini-game'; something frivolous and not to be taken seriously, all the more so when you notice it is priced at a lower point than other DS games.

However, suspending disbelief I purchased a copy to play with on my new DS Lite and was stunned at how good it is. Firstly, you must have your 'Brain Age' calculated, which involves completing a Stroop Test -- that is, coloured words appear and you must speak their colour into the microphone. Sounds easy? You'd think so, but it really isn't. When the word "Red" written in blue comes up, you have to say "blue". Surprisingly tricky. The voice recognition works almost-perfectly, slightly hiccupping on the word 'blue', but working very well other than that.

After that, you must perform small daily tasks that constitute your 'brain training'; tasks such as Calculations x 20 in which a series of small mental arithmetic puzzles appear on screen and you must work them out and write the answer on the touch-screen, which is then transcribed for you. Again, quite boring-sounding, but doing it against the clock -- and against your previous record -- is more fun than you might think. And the handwriting recognition works a charm too.

Other functions include the built-in Sudoku, not particularly well-integrated with the 'brain age' daily training (it forms more a separate add-on game) but still very worthwhile nevertheless. I found it far easier to use than doing a sudoku on paper, not least because you can easily write in miniature 'suggestions' in the corners of blank squares and delete them later on.

All-in-all, this is an excellent game to add to anyone's DS.
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143 of 148 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The cure for being dumb 25 Nov. 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I decided not to rush with my review of "Brain Age: Train your brain in minutes a day!" A lot of media outlets did a cursory look at the game, threw up a review, and moved on to a new one. We did something a little different here at U-Wire, we took a test subject, me, and put the game to work. Do the tests really improve your "Brain Age?" Do you have noticeable improvements in mental functions from using the game? How many syllables are in the phrase, "Thank you Mario, but the Princess is in another castle?"

In 1994, Rykta Kawashima wrote a book entitled, "Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a better brain." The book met with some success in Japan, and garnered the attention of Nintendo, who reportedly was looking for an educational title to release with the DS. In the game, a polygon version of Kawashima guides you as you do your daily training or play Sudoku. The doctor is an interesting MC of sorts that livens up the game with Yoda like advice after each exercise. You can also get him to glare at you or laugh out loud by talking into the DS's microphone. And if you missed some of Kawashima's saint like advice, each tidbit is saved in the options menu for later viewing.

At first I thought "Brain Age" would be a burden to add to my day-to-day activities. The thought of having to play a game every day for a possible pay-off was not appealing. But now I can't go a day without picking it up and doing some training. And that is the beauty of "Brain Age." It doesn't require a time commitment, and you can pick how much time you want to spend playing it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly addictive game... 1 Jan. 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this for my girlfriend for Christmas - not to indicate she's a bit thick, not at all - but I figured she'd love a Nintendo DS really and figured that two games would be perfect for her - the Nintendogs and this.

I must say that this is the one she likes the best so far - she's 27 (nearly 28) and has been going in to the game every single day to see if she's improving. She's obviously getting used to the DS at the same time, but her brain age is currently sitting around 30 (so she's got a bit of work to do) - although she has been as low as 24 one day. The game can hold data for a number of people and one of the best things is that it allows you to compare and contrast your brain age (and a variety of other little surprises) with the other contestants... like how you all drew a Koala from memory.

The games themselves can be quite challenging - there are little tricks to doing well at some of them, like head count. She is amazing at the Calculations x 20 and Calculations x 100 regularly getting a Flying Speed result. There is a good split between memory, mathematical, logical and verbal testing... I must say I find it amazing that such a little DS like this can quite ably recognise several voices and styles of handwriting. The game is totally responsive and the only snag is the chattiness of the host.

Linking this up to another DS will open up new areas of possibility I am sure... and that's where we'll be heading soon. Oh, before I forget - the extra Sudoku games are a real bonus - amazing fun working your way through these - I must've been one of the few people in the country who hadn't played Sudoku before - now I'm hooked, thanks to this game.

Annoyances... few really...
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