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A brief buying guide for the original Nintendo DS

The Nintendo 3DS is gradually being put out to pasture, now that it's bulkier, flashier half-brother is taking over. We're bidding adieu to a console that had a pretty impressive back catalogue, and dominated the handheld market for a good ...

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Study argues that some games improve cognitive functioning

Usually when science and video games meet, it’s to do the billionth study on whether or not they cause violence. Every time, a lot of money is spent to find out that no, video games probably don’t cause violence, and then six mo...

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Wii U Virtual Console obtains first Nintendo DS game

It's happening. The first Nintendo DS game has arrived on the Wii U eShop in Japan.  Brain Age, also known as Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, is presently available for free via the system's regional Virtual Console. The education...

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Brain Age: Concentration Training makes you feel dumb

The latest entry in Nintendo's line of brain training software, Brain Age: Concentration Training, released to practically no fanfare whatsoever back on February 10. I think it's safe to say that the "brain age" craze has long since died. ...


Monday Mind Teasers: Word Dynamo

Are you ready to flex your brains and have some fun?! That's right, the weekly Monday Mind Teasers are back! It's been so long since I've visited the always-helpful online Dictionary site that I don't even know how long they've had this won...


We now have some more info on 3DS Digital Download Cards

[Update: As it turns out, the cards are discounted, if only slightly. Hopefully this will make it other regions.] It appears as if the dawn of full downloadable Nintendo games is upon us, as Japan has just started selling 3DS digital downlo...


Ubisoft announces Puzzler Mind Gym 3D for 3DS

I see the word 'gym and think of working out, moving, and sweating, and then I slowly back away. But Puzzler Mind Gym 3D may be right up my alley as it has nothing to do with fitness. This upcoming 3DS release is a daily program of brain ex...


I pretended to be a clock in Body and Brain Connection

Think Brain Age made for the Kinect when looking at Body and Brain Connection for the Xbox. It's a fair comparison seeing as how Dr. Kawashima is behind this title. The game involves you using both your mind and body in order to perform the...


Kawashima confirms new Brain Training game

On a slow news day like this, the confirmation of a new Brain Training game becomes the biggest news story of the day. Think of that.  Anyway, Dr. Kawashima has indeed confirmed that a new Brain Training game is on the way. He revealed...


Namco announces Body and Brain Connection for Kinect

We got word of a new Kinect title aimed at powering up your noggin from Namco last week, with the famous Dr. Ryuta Kawashima on board, who is behind Nintendo's famous Brain Training series. Today, Namco spilled the rest of the details at To...


Kinect brain training (with Pac-Man!) headed to Xbox 360

Namco Bandai is hoping to sharpen your mind with Kinect, while also bringing an old pal to Microsoft's console using the motion control device.In advance of next week's Tokyo Game Show, Namco Bandai has revealed a new brain training game f...


Monday Brainssss Teasers: zOMGies

This week's Monday Mind Teasers game is a lot like the last one . . . except with zombies. Okay, so not really. Instead of a sidescroller where you constantly dodge different shaped obstacles, you're challenged to outrun a never ending swar...


Enjoy Dr. Kawashima laughing at you on the iPhone

For only $5.99, you too can now relive those early days of the Nintendo DS by sitting with Dr. Kawashima and playing Brain Age -- or as those Europeans call it, Brain Exercises with Dr. Kawashima. Bandai Namco is the one releasing it all th...


Play Brain Training a lot? You're still stupid, kid!

The Washington Post has a very interesting article questioning the validity of various games' claims that they can enhance your mental ability. People are suckers for quick and easy ways to self-improve without putting in any effort, and ga...


New Japanese Wii game to teach common sense

Recently, Nintendo games have been training our brains, eyesight, and more, but they haven't done much for our common sense. Enter the new Wii title Minna no Joushiki Ryoku Terebi, which roughly translates to Everyone's Common Sense TV.Japa...


Captain Obvious: Brain Training DS does not improve cognition

I doubt the scores of wailing Japanese that buy these games and their hundreds of knock-offs will care one whit about this news, but science doesn't lie. Despite celebrity endorsements suggesting otherwise, theyre is no hard proof that the ...


Cure your migrane with videogames?

Hmm, I don't know. Most videogames I play these days give me a headache.Dr. Deborah Stokes recommends a brain-controlled videogame to relieve migraines, and she says that 70 percent of her patients treated with this method have reduced or e...


The Great Retro Quiz! .02: The Virtual Console (SNES)

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another edition of The Great Retro Quiz! You can’t see me right now, but I am dressed like a game show host and have a very pretty lady standing next to me gesturing towards the co...


The Great Retro Quiz! .01: The Virtual Console (NES)

How well do you really know your retro games? Sure, you may know that Mario needs to collect 100 coins for a 1UP and Link wields the Master Sword, but sometimes even the most basic of game-related trivia questions may be h...


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