Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch is coming to Europe in January

Announced just a couple weeks ago for the Japanese market, Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch will be winging its way to Europe right at the start of the new year on 3rd January 2020. That’s just days after the Japanese release on 27th December, but there’s no word just yet on a US release date for the game.


The new game is designed to make use of some of the Switch’s more unique bits of technology, integrating the gyroscope and infrared cameras from the right Joy-Con into the puzzles. Of course, this means that the recently release Nintendo Switch Lite will be excluded from that particular challenge, unless you pick up a right Joy-Con separately. There will also be a stylus bundled in with retail copies of the game to help with certain activities that require you to draw on the screen, though you can always use your finger.

Some of the game modes include:

  • Finger Calculations: Solve maths problems using your fingers. Even if you know the answer in your head, you’ll need to react quickly!
  • Sudoku: Enjoy the classic number puzzle game.
  • Calculations: How fast can you do simple sums one after another?
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors Test: Try to win – and lose – using your fingers in rounds of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
  • Word Scramble: Combine letters to form words.
  • Photographic Memory: Remember the photo previously displayed.
  • Dual Task: Leap over hurdles while choosing the biggest number.

You also have some head to head competitive modes for a single Joy-Con:

  • Birdwatching: Compete to count birds the fastest.
  • Box Counting: Compete to try and remember the number of boxes.

As always, these feed into calculating your overall Brain Age Score, with the hope that back-to-back exercises help to train your information processing speed and short-term memory. The game will feature a new daily alarm that can ping your Switch to notify you and get you to play, even in the console’s Sleep Mode.

Nintendo are even planning on turning this into an esport of some kind, planning to hold regular World Brain Training Championships, though we’ll have to wait and see what that entails.

Source: press release

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  1. “Red, blue, yellow, no red, blue no red”. Hope this amusingly frustrating entry makes a comeback. And wii bowling (not remastered or changed in any way thank you) next please.

  2. Hope the price point is sensible as the first one (and second from memory) was a bit of a glorified, if short term, fun demo really rather than anything worthy of the term ‘game’. Still most first party Nintendo content is welcome.

  3. Also I’ve just seen your tag line about toe shoes. Never heard of them before so looked at what they are and now will struggle to get the haunting images out of my head. Noooooo!

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