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Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training

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Based on 21 critic reviews
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66

Top Critic Average

31%

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchJan 3, 2020

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Puzzle

CLASSIC AND NEW EXERCISES! See them in action HOW OLD IS YOUR BRAIN NOW? CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY Find out more THINKING BACK… The history of Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training series can be traced back to 2006 – when Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? released on Nintendo DS in Europe. Some of you may have memories of this time! Its concept was inspired by the research and published works of Japanese neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima. It became one of the most successful games on Nintendo DS, and has since had more entries in the series, with each one bringing new exercises. It’s now time to think ahead with fresh challenges and ways to play with the unique features of Nintendo Switch! LOTS OF CHALLENGES AWAIT! Challenge your brain with a range of classic and new exercises! Let’s take a look at some that you’ll find in the game: Solve math problems with your fingers using the right Joy-Con’s IR Motion Camera. Even if you know the answer in your head, you’ll need to react quickly! Aim to win – and even lose – using your fingers in rounds of Rock, Paper, Scissors. It’s the playground game with a twist! Copy a sequence of hand gestures in quick succession. Try not to get tangled! Form words from a jumbled mess of letters and try not to get mixed-up! Remember the numbers shown before they’re replaced with empty boxes, then tap them in order from lowest to highest. Guess you’ve got to think outside the box! Remember a list of 30 four-letter words and then write down as many as you can in a certain amount of time. Will you be able to get all 30? Run towards hurdles while choosing the number highest in value to jump. Just because a number appears bigger, it doesn’t mean it’s the one to pick! Count how many people remain in a house after several groups enter and leave. Can you keep track? Ready, maestro? Play music via the on-screen keyboard while following notes on the musical sheet! Thinking caps on – the classic is back! 100 Sudoku puzzles await, split into three difficulty levels. AND EVEN MORE TO DISCOVER, INCLUDING… Count aloud from 1 to 120, and hit the “Done!” panel once complete. Careful not to get too ahead of yourself! Read aloud selected newspaper articles and put your reading and speech skills to the test. Enjoy some post-training relaxation! Take a break from your daily exercises and arrange falling coloured blocks into stacks. GO HEAD-TO-HEAD! Binoculars down, Joy-Con up! Count the moving birds shown on screen and be the first to enter the correct amount. Try to remember the number of boxes before they disappear and submit your answer as quickly as possible. Memorise the correct order of raised flags and move your Joy-Con in the same pattern.

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Regardless of what it may or may not do to your brain age, this is a disappointingly low effort remaster with serious technical issues and a lack of interesting content.

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Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch is a solid return for the series, mixing classic minigames with a handful of new ones that use the Switch's various capabilities – and which exclude those with a Switch Lite. Just as with the original, it's going to be easy to drop in for a few minutes a day and test yourself, but this isn't really doing much more than the DS games.

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An effective update of the proven formula that we enjoyed many years ago. Anyone can enjoy it, although we expected a little more variety.

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Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training is an update of the old formula but lacks variety in its content.

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