Nintendo Switch is Getting a New Brain Age Game
I hope you're ready for some nostalgia, DS owners. I'm sure many of you remember the popular Brain Age series of games, a group of four titles that released over the courses of 2005-2012. Needless to say, it's been a crazy long time since we've seen anything from this series, so much so that I'm sure some may have forgotten about it. Never fear, though! Nintendo just seems really keen on bringing back a lot of their game series, even the more obscure ones, to their current-gen console. In a new trailer posted on their Japanese official YouTube channel, a new Brain Age game is announced for Nintendo Switch! That's right: Brain Age is back, and this time, it's bringing with it a whole host of new ideas and features that really take advantage of the Nintendo Switch hardware and all of its weird-but-cool functionality.
As mentioned, the new Brain Age for Switch is receiving all sorts of new gameplay ideas. Thanks to the IR sensor features found within the joy-cons, the game can 'scan' your hand and determine what you're doing with them. For example, this can be used to play Rock, Paper, Scissors with an opponent, or solve math problems by holding up a certain amount of fingers. In a new shift for the series, the new game will also feature different multiplayer modes, meaning players will split their Joy-Cons individually and play the game together, Mario Party style. A lot of traditional series puzzles and problems make a return as well. You may have some doubts, though, since there's no stylus for the Switch. After all, part of the fun from the DS Brain Age games was using the stylus to write, draw, and solve problems. Thankfully, you don't have to worry there either! Remarkably, Nintendo is finally bringing an official stylus to the Nintendo Switch, made with a soft nub specifically for use on the Switch's touchscreen. This is big news, not only for Brain Age, but for other Switch games that could benefit from a stylus, such as Super Mario Maker 2 and The World Ends With You.
You can check out the trailer for Brain Age down below, but keep in mind it's all in Japanese. The announcements made in the trailer are Japan-specific; Brain Age for the Switch will be releasing on December 27th, 2019 in Japan, with the Switch stylus releasing exclusively in the country on the same day. The stylus is priced at 864 yen (roughly 8 US dollars). There's been no word on when we can expect the game and stylus overseas, but considering how much of a following Brain Age has, it shouldn't be long before we hear more. If you want to try out the other games in the series, the first two are only available on the original Nintendo DS. The fourth game in the series, Concentration Training, is available for Nintendo 3DS. But we all know you're probably here for the nostalgia: The trailer is a good six minutes long, and Brain Age has never looked better.