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Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch

Though it’s been out for a few months already, Nintendo has readied another couple of Japanese commercials for Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch. We have both below.

Nintendo released a new patch for Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch today, bringing the game up to version 1.2.0. Here’s what’s new in this version:

  • Online
    • Brain Training World Championship has been added to Daily Training.
      • Note: In order to use this feature, a paid membership to Nintendo Switch Online is required.
  • Features
    • Working Memory Challenge has been added to Daily Training.
      • Note: To use this feature, a Brain Age Score of 20 must be obtained after the update has been applied.
      • If you can’t get a Brain Age Score of 20, there are hints in-game for alternative ways to access the feature.
    • To improve handwriting recognition of the number 5, “1 Stroke” has been added to the Number 5 Recognition setting.
      • Please see the Settings in Daily Training.
  • General
    • Hand-shape recognition tips have been added to the explanations for Rock, Paper, Scissors Test, Finger Calculations and Finger Drills.
    • Various improvements have been made to handwritten number recognition.
      • In Continuous Countdown, if the game is finding it hard to recognise when you write a 4 or a 7 in the tens column, and recognises it as something else (for instance, 11, 12 or 17), try writing the rest of your answer in the units column regardless.
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

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After a number of years out of the spotlight, the Brain Age series finally returned on Switch recently. Dr. Kawashima as well as Nintendo explained how the game came to be in a recent interview.

Producer Kouichi Kawamoto, director Kenta Kubo, and Kawashima shared the following, as translated by Siliconera:

Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch launched for Switch in Japan on December 27. Through December 29, it sold around 35,000 copies in Japan. Dengeki reports a sell-through of only 20 percent.

The original Brain Age on DS sold 3.65 million copies in Japan and the sequel moved another 4.94 million units. It remains to be seen whether this new Switch entry will come even remotely close to those first couple of games, though it clearly has a long way to go as of now.

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We have a whole bunch of art from Brain Training’s first outing on Switch, specifically showing Dr. Kawashima. Check out the full set below.

Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch is out today in Europe. To celebrate the occasion, Nintendo put together a launch trailer for the game:

Did you know that Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch has a Super Mario Odyssey Easter egg? We won’t spoil it for those who want to find the small treat for themselves, but if you’re interested, you can hit up the video from GameXplain below.

New footage has arrived for Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch in direct-feed. Take a look at the gameplay below.

Nintendo uploaded a video for Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch featuring four different Japanese commercials. You can watch it in full below.

New footage is in showing off Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch. Take a look at eight minutes of gameplay below.