The European Wii U eShop has received a late night surprise, Dr.Kawashima’s Brain Training (Brain Age in North America) has released.
The game has been made available for free and for a limited time following a similar release in Japan. Nintendo has not announced either release but did announce they would be bringing DS games to the Wii U Virtual Console in the future. The game will remain available in Japan until June 30th, whereas the game will remain available in Europe until July 10th. Dr.Kawashima’s Brain Training is one of the Touch Generations branded software titles released by Nintendo in the mid 2000’s credited to Nintendo’s most successful period. This lone game went on to sell more than 19 million copies world-wide and spawned not only a sequel title More Braining Training but a whole host of cookie cutter clones trying to take Nintendo’s market share.
The game tests players through a series of mathematical, stroop and Sudoku puzzles. After the first use the game rates the player on their ability with a “Brain Age”. For example if someone was in their sixties and they were given an age of twenty this would be considered excellent, however if a twenty year old was rated sixty, it would be recommend that they use the software daily to improve their performance.