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Having previously dominated the lives of gamers the world over back in the Nintendo DS and Wii era, Dr Kawashima and his fetish for training brains is back again – this time with a whole host of new logic and memory puzzles for Nintendo Switch. The return of Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training is such a big deal that Nintendo has released a corresponding stylus. This makes it easier to focus and engage in the games via a lean-back experience, helping you focus and input answers effortlessly.
This new iteration of Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training introduces a bunch of new puzzles and challenges to solve, yes, but there’s also a happy helping of classic game set-ups, too. Test your abilities through an assortment of playstyles, some of which will have you interact with your Nintendo Switch console in different ways. Certain puzzles may require you to play vertically with the stylus in hand, others will have you pointing the right Joy-Con’s IR motion camera to detect the shape of your fingers.
The best way to discover the hypothetical age of your brain
For those not in the know, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training’s central hook is its ability to determine your theoretical “brain age” after you complete a day’s worth of tasks. The idea is that you regular check in daily to complete a rotating set of logic and mental challenges to keep your brain age as low as possible. The fun is further increased when you compete against family members, working harder to get the best age score out of anyone.
A healthy mix of new and classic brain age challenges
From speed counting to finger calculations, word scrambles to music recitals, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch has a near-endless number of challenges to always keep your brain stimulated without ever becoming stale. Most of these logic and mental puzzles will appear simple at first, eventually growing in difficulty over time to help decrease your overall brain age.
Local and online head-to-head modes
Despite common misconceptions, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training’s doesn’t need to be a solo or insular mental exercising experience. This new version for Nintendo Switch comes jam-packed with a suite of 2-player games, for instance, in which you can both break of a Joy-Con and compete in matches that test your reflexes. Likewise, you can always take the action online, testing your current brain age against other people all over the world.