Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata today
unveiled a devilish new chapter in the Brain Age series. Introduced
under its working title, Oni Training (“Demon Training”), the
three-dimensional puzzle game will star the good doctor as a
half-man-half-ogre... thing... who
challenges players with a whole new set of brain twisty exercises.
agreed that if we were to make another game it would only be when we
had some kind of special new idea for it," explained Iwata,
continuing, "And for this reason, six years have passed.
However, brain science has continued to progress, and three years
ago, Dr Kawashima came to me with new brain science."
said the game will flex players' gray matter in two new ways, the
first being through concentration-based tasks that test one's ability
to solve problems while remaining focused; and the second being a
series of working memory challenges, which targets the part of the
brain that temporary stores and manipulates information. All
together, Oni Training is said to offer a serious challenge to
players (hence the devil theme), but one that will adjust to each
player's ability, so as to avoid too much frustration.
Training is due in Japan this summer, however it's almost a guarantee
Nintendo will launch a western version shortly thereafter. Here's
hoping they get a demonic Nicole Kidman to promote the spin-off when
and if it makes it to North America.