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Namco Bandai Shows Off Brain Training Game For Kinect

Dr. Kawashima is making the platform hop.

The disembodied head of Dr. Kawashima, the star of the Brain Age franchise, is set to appear on the Xbox 360 in a new Kinect-enabled brain training title later this year in Japan, according to a recent 1UP report.

News of this broke at Microsoft's pre-TGS briefing, where Namco Bandai revealed New Brain Training You Answer With Your Body, a hands-free joint that is designed to stimulate your mushy organ with the same tricks the Nintendo DS darling Brain Age uses.
 
Of course, if one's personal processor does indeed need a boost, the game will give him or her the means to do so via training mini-games. And while it's unclear if the mini-games themselves will feature the likeness of Dr. Kawashima, the Tohoku University professor who is generally credited with the creation of Brain Age, he will at least be a big part of the overall experience, according to Bandai Namco.
 

 
== TEASER ==What separates Brain Age DS and Brain Training is physical waggle. At the conference, around five mini-games for Brain Training were shown. Each game required some sort of input movement, as opposed to the stylus or button controls featured in Brain Age. This is to be expected, of course, since Kinect's camera doesn't have buttons. 
 
The most interesting of the five mini-games demoed was a kick-to-solve addition and subtraction game called simply Arithmetic Kick. According to 1UP, the game prompts players with a simple math problem and then asks them to solve it. To do so, they'll need to kick a soccer ball with the appropriate answer represented on it into a soccer net. I can feel myself getting smarter already just thinking about it.   


 
A numerical balloon-popping game, a memory challenge game with avatar support, and even a game that had users acting like a clock's hands (pictured above) were shown in addition to the soccer game.

Neither Namco nor Microsoft announced "New Brain Training You Answer With Your Body" for release outside of Japan. But c'mon. This thing has got to come over. The positive impact Brain Age has had with American audiences is still impressive, and the series' sequel-worth sales in the States has to be a factor working in a Brain Training localization's favor as well.
 
Images via Siliconera.
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Posted by BradNicholson

The disembodied head of Dr. Kawashima, the star of the Brain Age franchise, is set to appear on the Xbox 360 in a new Kinect-enabled brain training title later this year in Japan, according to a recent 1UP report.

News of this broke at Microsoft's pre-TGS briefing, where Namco Bandai revealed New Brain Training You Answer With Your Body, a hands-free joint that is designed to stimulate your mushy organ with the same tricks the Nintendo DS darling Brain Age uses.
 
Of course, if one's personal processor does indeed need a boost, the game will give him or her the means to do so via training mini-games. And while it's unclear if the mini-games themselves will feature the likeness of Dr. Kawashima, the Tohoku University professor who is generally credited with the creation of Brain Age, he will at least be a big part of the overall experience, according to Bandai Namco.
 

 
== TEASER ==What separates Brain Age DS and Brain Training is physical waggle. At the conference, around five mini-games for Brain Training were shown. Each game required some sort of input movement, as opposed to the stylus or button controls featured in Brain Age. This is to be expected, of course, since Kinect's camera doesn't have buttons. 
 
The most interesting of the five mini-games demoed was a kick-to-solve addition and subtraction game called simply Arithmetic Kick. According to 1UP, the game prompts players with a simple math problem and then asks them to solve it. To do so, they'll need to kick a soccer ball with the appropriate answer represented on it into a soccer net. I can feel myself getting smarter already just thinking about it.   


 
A numerical balloon-popping game, a memory challenge game with avatar support, and even a game that had users acting like a clock's hands (pictured above) were shown in addition to the soccer game.

Neither Namco nor Microsoft announced "New Brain Training You Answer With Your Body" for release outside of Japan. But c'mon. This thing has got to come over. The positive impact Brain Age has had with American audiences is still impressive, and the series' sequel-worth sales in the States has to be a factor working in a Brain Training localization's favor as well.
 
Images via Siliconera.
Edited by Ramyun

Interesting..
 
EDIT: YES!!! Finally!

Posted by metalsnakezero

FIrst of many brain training games on the 360, -_-;

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Posted by Jadeskye

didn't expect this.

Posted by I_smell

Yknow I think the new avatars look a little bit better.

Posted by Cheapoz

With Kinect, now you can make your whole body smarter! 

Posted by Rehehelly

Did not expect to see a brain training games using kinect.

Posted by IamMattFox

I'm going to train my brain and body in minutes a day.

Posted by Finscher

Great. Now I can relive the memory of posing awkwardly for my math teacher.

Posted by Animasta

that is the best name for this game, I feel.

Posted by Jeffk38uk

Showing similar reaction of didnt expect this, but surprisingly interesting.

Posted by Atomasist

What.

Posted by Dark_Schala

  

 
It also has a Pac-Man-inspired game.  
  
  
Posted by Poki3

what

Posted by Buttersthatsme

I can see some kids I know playing this and having a blast.

Posted by Lunar_Aura
@Bentjacket said:
"Great. Now I can relive the memory of posing awkwardly for my math teacher. "

My math teacher was hot and to properly relive my memory of posing awkwardly I'd need the Move controller.
Posted by MysteriousBob

I cringe at the word 'math'. Its maths- mathematicS. God.

Posted by FlavouredBeanPotato

Wooo. It also comes with a shitty version of pacman, Great!
Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Could have been worst.

Posted by switcher

I just hope Kinect launch has some games that aren't just gimmicks like this.

Posted by nintendoll

 I don't want to train my brain. I want it to be fat and lazy, like the rest of me.    

Posted by ChrisF

Maybe kinect can see if the veins on the side of your head are pulsating and working your brain, or something. Either way, I don't think this is one I'll be getting!
Posted by atomicvoodoo

Why is this Kinect?

Edited by Darkradish
 New research suggests that seniors who did mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles postponed the loss of thinking skills, but had an accelerated rate of decline once dementia set in later in life. Neuropsychologist Robert S. Wilson explains the finding.
 
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Posted by kcp12

This hurts my brain.

Posted by eproo

Yes, this is actually what I think, future of learning...

Posted by DontLikeClowns

My brain needs all the training it can get

Posted by keoskey

looks like the 360 is trying out there own version's of Wii games.