Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network, players: 1-16
game language: English
game release date for NDS:
What is Brain Age?
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for Nintendo DS is a fun, rewarding form of entertainment everyone can enjoy, as it helps players flex their mental muscles. Brain Age is inspired by the research of Professor Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. His studies evaluated the impact of performing certain reading and mathematic exercises to help stimulate the brain.
Brain Age presents quick mental activities that help keep your DS brain in shape. Activities include quickly solving simple math problems, counting people going in and out of a house simultaneously, drawing pictures on the Touch Screen, reading classic literature out loud, and more. You can also play sudoku, the number puzzle game which has become an extremely popular feature in U.S. newspapers.
On your first day of exercise, you will take a series of tests and get a score that determines how old your brain is. This number is called your DS Brain Age. By performing daily exercises just minutes a day over weeks and months, the better you'll get at the exercises and the lower your DS Brain Age will become.
Why is brain training good for you?
We all know as we grow older our bodies change and it becomes important to regularly exercise to maintain health and fitness. Our brain is no different. Use it or lose it, as the adage goes. New research indicates mental acuity may be strengthened, like muscles, with brain exercises.
Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, dean and executive director of University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, says games like Brain Age can help keep older generations of Americans’ minds active. “Americans can do a great deal to maintain and even improve their mental abilities,” Zelinski explains. “Aging is about taking on new challenges for our minds. Nintendo’s Brain Age is a great way to do that.”
That's where Brain Age comes in.
But how does Brain Age work?
The Brain Age exercises are designed to stimulate your brain. Solving simple math and logic problems quickly, and reading aloud, have been proven to be effective methods of achieving this goal.
The distinctive Nintendo DS Touch Screen lets users write their answers with a Stylus pen, just as though they were writing on paper or using a Personal Digital Assistant or PDA. Furthermore, the Nintendo DS's voice input identifies particular words you'll speak during the Stroop Test.
Brain Age tracks your progression through each exercise with easy-to-read line charts. Consistently using Brain Age each day will open new exercises to test your ability.
Brain Age includes a fun calculation competition for friends and family. Only one Brain Age Game Card is needed. With the DS's user-friendly interface, it's a snap to download this minigame to as many as 15 DS systems!
Baby Boomers and test-prepping school kids alike want to challenge themselves and find ways to stay sharp. Brain Age acts like a treadmill for the mind. With the simplicity of the Nintendo DS, and Brain Age's challenging and rewarding exercises, everyone can stimulate their DS brain, improving speed and accuracy of their game play.