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Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

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Does your brain feel a little out of shape? Brain Age is what you need to shape up your mental thought processes. The game is inspired by the research of Professor Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. Through years of researching the effects of performing reading and mathematical exercises he has compiled simple takes that will help to stimulate the brain.

Designed to help people young and old to stay mentally sharp, Brain Age gives you quick mental tasks that will stimulate your prefrontal cortex. You'll start off by taking a test of what your current brain is at. The ideal age to shoot for is 20. To get your brain age to the mental sharpness of a 20 year old if you're not there yet, you'll need to fire up the game daily to do daily training. With the use of the stylus and touch screen, or in some tests the microphone, you will go through tasks as fast as you can like solving simple math problems, memorizing the placement of objects on the screen, memorizing a list of words and having to recall as many as you can, and more. As the days go by the professor will unlock different puzzles for you to tackle to keep your gray matter as sharp as possible.

You can jump into Quick Play to show your friends and family or to just do a mental sharpening. Go into Daily Training to track your brain age, check out your progress on a graph, and do your daily training. Go to Download and you can compete against friends to see who can do math calculations the fastest.

The US and European versions include Sudoku to also keep your brain in shape.


Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! Nintendo DS Entering memorized numbers from low to high.
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! Nintendo DS Brain age depicts your last score.
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! Nintendo DS Solving math equations.
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! Nintendo DS Some games may require you to talk into the microphone.

Alternate Titles

  • "東北大学未来科学技術共同研究センター川島隆太教授監修 脳を鍛える大人のDSトレーニング" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Programme d'Entrainement Cerebral du Dr Kawashima: Quel âge a votre cerveau?" -- French title
  • "Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju no Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training for Adults" -- Japanese title
  • "매일매일 DS 두뇌 트레이닝" -- Korean spelling
  • "Dr. Kawashimas Gehirn-Jogging: Wie fit ist Ihr Gehirn?" -- German title
  • "Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?" -- European/Australian title
  • "Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: Hoe oud is jouw brein?" -- Dutch title
  • "Brain Training del Dr. Kawashima: Quanti anni ha il tuo cervello?" -- Italian title
  • "Brain Training del Dr. Kawashima: ¿Cuántos Años Tiene tu Cerebro?" -- Spanish title

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User Reviews

A good exercise that tries its best to look like an actual game Nintendo DS Pixelspeech (955)

Critic Reviews

Press Start Online Nintendo DS May 23, 2006 17 out of 20 85
Lawrence Nintendo DS Apr 17, 2006 B+ 83
Entertainment Weekly Nintendo DS Apr 27, 2006 B+ 83
Club Skill Nintendo DS Jun 03, 2006 8 out of 10 80
IGN Nintendo DS Apr 17, 2006 8 out of 10 80
1UP Nintendo DS Apr 10, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo-Online.de Wii U Jul 01, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Nintendo DS Jun 09, 2006 15 out of 20 75
Factornews Nintendo DS Jun 15, 2006 7 out of 10 70
EL33TONLINE Nintendo DS Oct 23, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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At the Nintendo keynote at GDC 2006 in San Jose, Ca., Nintendo President Satoru Iwata gave all the attendees a free pre-release copy of Brain Age so that they could demo it to their friends and family.


According to publisher Nintendo, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! sold 19.01 million copies worldwide (as of March 31, 2014).

Related Web Sites

  • Brain Age (Official game web site by Nintendo of America.)
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