Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

aka: Brain Training del Dr. Kawashima: Quanti anni ha il tuo cervello?, Brain Training del Dr. Kawashima: ¿Cuántos Años Tiene tu Cerebro?, Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?, Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: Hoe oud is jouw brein?, Dr. Kawashimas Gehirn-Jogging: Wie fit ist Ihr Gehirn?, Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju no Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training for Adults, Meail Meail DS Dunoe Training, Programme d'Entrainement Cerebral du Dr Kawashima: Quel âge a votre cerveau?
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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 tasks 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.


  • 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
  • 매일매일 DS 두뇌 트레이닝 - Korean spelling

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Average score: 78% (based on 45 ratings)


Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 30 ratings with 1 reviews)

A good exercise that tries its best to look like an actual game

The Good
You can't help but appreciate the amount of effort and science that has gone into making this game that allows you to train your brain and keep it young. Staying healthy is very important and I doubt anybody would deny that aside from maybe Ronald MacDonald, but few games actually help you with this (they often cause the opposite). Brain Training, as the doctor himself explains it, is a tool that stimulates your brain activity and helps you receive your daily amount of exercise.

I admit that this stuff works, I brought it along with me when I went to England for eleven days and when I started out it always took like a minute to finish twenty simple math questions, but nearing the end of my holiday that would be decreased to just a little more than twenty seconds (meaning I did one question per second), I was a quick learner apparently and keeping up with my progress through high-scores and statistics gave me some good laughs.

The more you play this game the more exercises and secrets you unlock, most of the time this happens when you reach a certain milestone such as; playing the game for x amount of days or doing this challenge x amount of times. This way you unlock more and more ways to keep the game fresh for a bit longer and you can also bring more variation into you daily training (the doctor recommends variation because doing the same thing over and over again doesn't stimulate the brain).

The Sudoku is a nice extra in this game that actually makes a bit of sense, rather than been just some filler to justify the the money you have to pay for this game (which it seemed to be at first glance). It's a very functional adaption of the popular trend from Japan and you can choose more than a dozen puzzles with varying levels of difficulty. I actually think this was the only thing I ever used the game for before I brought it along to England.

The Bad
The game recognizes numbers very poorly, of course it was an early title and it still had to get used to the touch screen, but I think everybody can agree that it's not easy to write on the Nintendo DS. In a game where every second counts towards your score and progress, there is nothing more frustrating than spending five seconds on the same straight-forward question because the game keeps thinking your 6 is a 1 and the other way around. Other troublesome numbers are 8 & 0 and 3 & 5. It's also a bit of a letdown that every training is based around numbers and none around text, although the DSi version of this game does have text-recognition and challenges that use it. Oh and on more thing: The writing doesn't get any easier when you have to do it while sitting in a bus or car, like I had to do pretty much all the time...

The game eventually ends up with less than ten different challenges for training and it starts getting repetitive in maybe a month or so. If you truly go for it, it might become a daily habit, but I know I won't play it anymore now that I am back from abroad and got full access to six different systems again.You eventually finish up all the Sudoku puzzles and maybe you want to keep going for that perfect brain age of twenty years old, but that is just pushing it to the max.

The Bottom Line
Brain Training is a pretty enjoyable game, but the fact that it's a tool becomes obvious pretty soon because it doesn't do that well as an actual game. There is a very limited amount of content and there is a big problem with the main gameplay, but that doesn't mean it should be ignored completely. I actually recommend this game to all people simply because it is used to train your brain on a daily basis which is a good way to spend some of your time each day.

Nintendo DS · by Asinine (957) · 2011



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 September 30, 2015).

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Game added by Corn Popper.

Wii U added by Michael Cassidy.

Additional contributors: Alaka, Xoleras, monkeyislandgirl, gamewarrior, Thorpe, CalaisianMindthief, Patrick Bregger.

Game added March 28th, 2006. Last modified August 15th, 2023.