Namco Bandai Shows Off Brain Training Game For Kinect

Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

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.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

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.
#2 Edited by Ramyun (696 posts) -

Interesting..
 
EDIT: YES!!! Finally!

#3 Posted by metalsnakezero (2550 posts) -

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

#4 Posted by Jadeskye (4392 posts) -

didn't expect this.

#5 Posted by I_smell (4212 posts) -

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

#6 Posted by Cheapoz (1143 posts) -

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

#7 Posted by Rehehelly (416 posts) -

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

#8 Posted by IamMattFox (27 posts) -

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

#9 Posted by Finscher (149 posts) -

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

#10 Posted by Animasta (14815 posts) -

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

#11 Posted by Jeffk38uk (725 posts) -

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

#12 Posted by Atomasist (2793 posts) -

What.

#13 Posted by Dark_Schala (42 posts) -

  

 
It also has a Pac-Man-inspired game.  
  
  
#14 Posted by Poki3 (555 posts) -

what

#15 Posted by Buttersthatsme (23 posts) -

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

#16 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2824 posts) -
@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.
#17 Posted by MysteriousBob (6262 posts) -

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

#18 Posted by FlavouredBeanPotato (7 posts) -

Wooo. It also comes with a shitty version of pacman, Great!
#19 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

Could have been worst.

#20 Posted by switcher (16 posts) -

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

#21 Posted by nintendoll (19 posts) -

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

#22 Posted by ChrisF (11 posts) -

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!
#23 Posted by atomicvoodoo (17 posts) -

Why is this Kinect?

#24 Edited by Darkradish (3 posts) -
 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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NPR "On the Nation"
#25 Posted by kcp12 (65 posts) -

This hurts my brain.

#26 Posted by eproo (52 posts) -

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

#27 Posted by DontLikeClowns (20 posts) -

My brain needs all the training it can get

#28 Posted by keoskey (340 posts) -

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

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