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Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
Everyone
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews) 77 / 100

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  • Activities include quickly solving simple math problems & counting people going in and out of a house simultaneously
  • Draw pictures on the Touch Screen, or read classic literature out loud
  • Play Sudoku, the popular number puzzle game

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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EGELP0
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 0.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: April 17, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,829 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Brain Age DS 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 will get at the exercises and the lower your DS Brain Age will become. 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 is where Brain Age comes in. The Brain Age exercises are designed to stimulate your brain. Solving simple math and logic problems quickly, and reading aloud, have


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987 of 1,033 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use your brain April 17, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm not entirely sure whether I can call a game like Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day a video game. Its graphics are hardly groundbreaking, its audios are almost monotonous, and its core gameplay involves reading aloud, counting syllables and solving mathematical problems. Surely, that's not what video gaming is all about, is it? Well, not if you hail from the Nintendo school of gaming, no. As mundane as Brain Age sounds, it's actually strangely addictive, and once you begin your journey of improving your brain age, you'll find yourself deeply immersed in the various activities aimed at giving your brain a daily workout.

The primary objective of Brain Age is to "exercise your brain". This is done through doing activities that are designed to stimulate your prefrontal cortex, which is the part of your brain that influences how you apply what you've learnt (whatever). It's believed that doing these activities on a regular basis will have a positive effect on your brain. Whether or not this holds any truth, I'm not sure. But with 15 activities to choose from, at least the game can keep you occupied for quite a while, even though some of these activities are less desirable to do than others.

Some of these activities include a calculation game, which puts you through a series of simple mathematical problems. 2+6, anyone? Or 8x7, for that matter? Well, you get the picture. The idea is basically to get the brain to start thinking quickly with a succession of simple questions, instead of forcing the player to spend too much time dwelling on one. There're different variations of this calculation module, but the underlying gameplay doesn't divert from the idea of rapidly solving a problem.

Reading aloud is another activity in Brain Age.
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brain Workout October 25, 2006
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Thinking. Analyzing. Solving Problems. Reading. Logic. These are just some of the skills that Brain Age will help you develop (or re-develop).

No, it's not Resident Evil or Splinter Cell. But it is as fun and addictive; it's certainly as challenging if not more challenging, and it's a nice pallet cleanser from the plethora of pure entertainment value games that my kids and I play.

Brain Age is a bit advanced at times for my grade schoolers, but the parts that they do get really help them develop the skills that they are concurrently working on in school. Big Brain Academy is a much easier (not better) alternative for younger children.

There's a daily training area that gives your skills a workout. And there's a test area that challenges you to quickly and accurately work through various tasks, then provides you with a calculation of your Brain Age based on how well you did on the test. Sudoku has it's own area to train the brain on number logic.

Kids reading this will NO vote me to death for saying this, but this is a great game for parents to get for their kids. It's one of the only ones (Big Brain Academy is the other) that I never take away from my own kids when they've misbehaved or simply just had too much video gaming. They never complain.

One word of advice: Brain Age has a hard time recognizing an "8" if you write it the way you'd skate a figure 8; it likes it better when you draw an 8 as two circles on top of each other.

Addictive fun. Buy it.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The game that plays you. May 2, 2006
By skooly
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
From the moment you begin playing Brain Age you'll realise that it's unlike any other experience. It's probably the only game ever made that begins with a doctor addressing you - a prominent Japanese neuroscientist to be exact. He asks a few quick questions to get the ball rolling as he scopes out your "brain age". It's kind of unnerving actually. After displaying a couple of brain scans in various states of activity (or inactivity), the doctor explains that your brain is like any muscle and will shrivel without exercise. Old brains are bad, young brains are good.

Once you pass the opening formalities the doctor runs you through a more rigourous series of tests (math problems, memorization drills, concentration sets...). The good doctor then assigns you your first daily brain age rank. If it's good (low) he'll congratulate you and encourage you to keep working hard. If it's bad (high) he'll chide you and issue a warning about the dangers of aging brains. As the game progresses he'll ask you random questions which contribute to your overall profile. This is where the genius of this game truly shines. Anyone could assemble a collection of mini math games and assorted brain teasers. Nintendo however has wrapped this all up in a diagnostic package. It feels like the game is studying you. Each day you log in the goal is clear and the feedback perfect. The interface is quick and simple, the touch screen works remarkably well and the voice recognition is a nice touch too.

I must lower my brain age!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for Seniors November 10, 2006
By Judy
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased a Nintendo DS specifically for this game and was not disappointed. I'm 65 and on a good day can get my "brain age" into the 30s. I gave the game and a DS to an 80 year-old friend, and she can get into the 40s. We both struggle with the test that calls for memorizing from a list of words.

After learning to play Sudoku in Brain Age, I switched to playing it on my Palm Pilot (game from Astraware) which lets me enter the game from the daily newspaper. I've recently lent my DS to a 6th grader who is learning Sudoku. (By the way, avoid the DS game called "Sudoku". It's unnecessarily clunky for entering data.)

This is an appropriate game for seniors who like math/logic challenges even if they've never used a computer. Plan to spend some time tutoring a newbie, and then watch as he or she enjoys the challenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend for little kids and adults as well
My daughter had learned a lot from it. Highly recommend for little kids and adults as well.
Published 1 month ago by Gabriel Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good--I almost feel smarter by the second when I play this
Published 1 month ago by Candice Beers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
came as described
Published 1 month ago by Toddi
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I thought it was CD, it won't fit my computer!!!
Published 1 month ago by K. Tannahill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
My daughter still pulls this out from time to time just to see if she can still keep up with the puzzles. In great shape and purchase and price was good.
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Halbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful game.
Lost my other one, so I was able to get right back into it. Wonderful game.
Published 1 month ago by liz
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this workout for the gray cells.
I think this does the trick in working your brain in ways that you don't ordinarily do in a given day. Some are hard for me, so I know those are the areas I need to work on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bpollen
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful as a math review tool
Useful as a math review tool, as well as the intended purpose. The children all seem to want to play this (and Brain Age 2) a lot!
Published 2 months ago by Homeschool Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Train your Brain
Fun and challenging. I like to play this daily.
Published 2 months ago by Weze
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