How healthy is your brain? For years, Nintendo has been the home of a particular series of puzzle games aimed at testing your mental prowess and helping you improve those cognitive abilities. There have been Brain Age games for the Nintendo DS and even the Nintendo 3DS. Now, the series is making the jump to everyone’s favorite hybrid home console with Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch. The game has just launched today in Europe and Australia, and a new launch trailer helps show off a variety of activities you can expect to tackle in it.
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch follows the same formula as the other games in the series. Every day, you’re tasked with opening the game up for a brief session of mini-games that will test various aspects of your critical thinking skills, from picture-memorization challenges to quick arithmetic problems. At the end of a session, it gives you your “brain age” – a score that dictates how sharp your brain is compared to your real-life age. A 23-year-old writer for Nintendo Enthusiast whose name rhymes with “shmiguel shmoran” might get a brain age of 62, for example.
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch also mixes things up a bit with a variety of new activities, some of which actually utilize the IR Motion Camera in the right Joy-Con. Other activities require precision writing that’s best performed with a stylus, which the retail version of the game actually includes.
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch is now available in Japan, Europe, and Australia. An American release date has not yet been confirmed.