Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training games were some of the most popular bits of software for Nintendo’s DS. Promising to help keep your mental faculties in tip-top shape, the series of word and number challenges were fun and engaging, even though they’ve mostly been proven to not really do much for brain health.
Still, it’s headed for the 3DS.
The game’s announcement came during Nintendo’s Nintendo Direct presentation last night.
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata said, "Around three years ago, Professor Kawashima came to me with a new method of brain training based on the latest brain science." He says we have easy access to information all the time, and no longer need to use our memories – which brain training can help with. “With the incredible growth of digital devices in recent years, we now have access to information whenever and wherever we want, making our lives much easier.
"As a society we have received a huge benefit from this change, but Professor Kawashima is pointing out the possibility that since we now rely too much on such devices we might have stopped using our brains so much or lost our restraint and our ability to control ourselves and be patient."
Curiously, and much to Darryn’s displeasure, Dr Kawashima takes on the guise of a demon in the 3DS iteration.
You can watch the whole of Nintendo Direct here.
Last Updated: February 23, 2012