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​Nintendo’s Making A New ‘Brain Training’ For The Switch

​Nintendo’s Making A New ‘Brain Training’ For The Switch

The wonderful cluster of mental maths mini games presented under a veil of keeping your mind healthy, Dr Kawashima's Brain Training, is back and coming to the Nintendo Switch. A newly released trailer reveals the game and announces its Japanese release date of December 27.

There's no word of a Western release yet, but it may well be incoming, even if it is a little later. Still, something to look forward to in 2020.

Interestingly, this new Brain Training looks to have you play the game in portrait rather than landscape. There are some shmups that do this, too, such as Ikaruga, but it's rare. Not even 1 - 2 Switch, Nintendo's weird party game, supports it.

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VGC reports that there will be a new stylus accessory that will sell for ¥864, roughly $8, or £6.50.

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Presumably, a Western version wouldn't have you write kanji
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I'm still holding out for Nintendo to release a new WarioWare game for Switch, something that's packed with mini games that shows off all the hardware inside the console. Brain Training will help quench that need, though, as it features mini games that take advantage of the Switch's IR sensor and Joy-Con motion sensors.

While Brain Training is based on research by neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima, it's ability to actually train your brain may not hold water. "There is no evidence that using this product will have any functional impact on your life whatsoever," Dr Chris Bird told the BBC. While the games reportedly increase blood flow to the brain's frontal cortex, many activities already do this - including something as simple as browsing Twitter.

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Whatever the case, I know what I'd rather do, play mini games or catch up on 'the discourse' on Twitter. How about you? Are you going to be putting you mind back in the gym when if Brain Training has a Western release announced?

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Topics: video games, Nintendo, gamingbible

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]