Nintendo is developing a range of mass market software for the 3DS to recreate the successes of DS casual games such as Brain Training.
Dr Kawashima – the boffin behind Nintendo's absurdly successful Brain Training franchise – has revealed that a third game in the series is currently in development.
According to Kotaku, neuroscientist Dr. Ryuta Kawashima broke the news in his new book, Goodbye Brain Boom.
No precise details are offered as the doc explains he has a confidentiality agreement with Nintendo but he does reveal that CEO Satoru Iwata didn't want to release another game in the series until they could achieve "something special".
Nintendo and the American Heart Association plan to make a joint announcement at a press conference in New York today.
Brain training games are no better at training your brain than browsing the internet, according to research going into a new BBC programme.
The first two games that come out on the US version of the new DSi Shop will be the two Brain Training titles, Nintendo of America said yesterday.
Mini-games and trying not to be thick have maintained their allure in Spain and Germany according to new weekly chart data.
Dr Ryuta Kawashima, known to millions as him what did the Brain Training for DS, has revealed he hasn't made a single yen off the profits.
And another thing: I hate the way the sun always gets in my eyes in winter. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is against me; it did last night when I glided unaware through some dog mess. Got right in the tread. Will probably need a toothbrush to get that out - I hope my flatmate doesn't mind. Still, when you run yourself a hot bath and sink into a cosy bed you can almost forgive the biting cold and animals - escaping the winter is what makes it memorable.
It's a little known fact about me that I came fifth in my year at the University of Oxford. That's something that only my close family and a few friends know. It's not something that I boast about down the pub, after a few beers. It's also not something I slip into any conversation with any stranger at the earliest available opportunity. And it's certainly not something I'd ever dream of boasting about to a few million people on the internet under the guise of commencing a videogame review. But yes, if you must know, I got the fifth highest first class degree in the school of modern history in 1997. And everyone knows you can't get better than fifth. And that was back when exams were difficult. So obviously I'm massively clever. Or massively good at history.
Personally, I reckon it probably means I'm massively clever. After all, how else would I have managed to achieve a magnificent time of 13.11 seconds on Dr Kawashima's Calculations x20. Or 1 minute 12.36 seconds on his Calculations x100. Or an incredible 34 seconds on Time Lapse. In fact I could just list all my best times here, but since we've already established that I'm not the type to boast about my admittedly prodigious intellectual prowess, I'm not going to. But I think it's pretty clear that Eurogamer made the right decision when they sent me along to Nintendo's Wii Flat to review More Brain Training. Or More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain? to give the game its full title.
If you've played the first game, you'll already know the drill. Well, drills. Brain training drills. Except you don't, because this time around they're all new. The basics are the same, though: you hold the DS vertically, instead of horizontally, and the disembodied face of the umeboshi-fearing Doctor Kawashima introduces a series of tests and mini-games that are designed to test and train your brain. They're designed to be played for just a few minutes every day, and as the days pass you'll open up new games till you've unlocked all 11 training drills, and a further 6 brain-testing tests.
You're not getting any younger. Or are you? Best ask Dr. Kawashima, who's back with another round of braining training next month on Nintendo DS. "More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain?" is due out on 29th June.