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Nintendo to release new version of Brain Age brain training game

Image of the new Brain Age for the Nin­ten­do Switch to be released in Decem­ber in Japan

Nin­ten­do res­ur­rects Brain Age on Switch (Ven­ture­Beat):

Nin­ten­do is going to bring back one of its biggest fran­chis­es on the hybrid Switch handheld/home con­sole. No, it’s not F‑Zero or Style Savvy. The com­pa­ny revealed in an announce­ment today that Brain Train­ing is com­ing to the Switch in Japan on Decem­ber 27.

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Min­utes a Day was a major suc­cess on the Nin­ten­do DS in 2005 and beyond. It was part of the publisher’s efforts to appeal to an audi­ence of play­ers beyond core gamers … Nin­ten­do has played up the poten­tial health ben­e­fits in the past. It often brings up the game’s rela­tion­ship to Dr. Kawashima and his work on aging at Tohoku Uni­ver­si­ty. Kawashima was even your coach in Brain Age and Brain Age 2. And the pub­lish­er is once again invok­ing his name for the Switch update.

But the com­pa­ny has stopped short of mak­ing direct claims itself. It says Brain Age takes inspi­ra­tion from Kawashima. It doesn’t call the Brain Age games a med­ical treat­ment.

I’m some­one who real­ly enjoyed the Brain Age games. And even now, with knowl­edge of the skep­ti­cism around the sci­ence, I’m still inter­est­ed. Even if it was a Place­bo effect, the games made me feel sharp­er. So I’ll give this new game a chance if it gets an Eng­lish ver­sion.”

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