Hone Your Powers of Concentration with Dr Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused?
Company: Nintendo
30th January 2013 –
Twenty-first century technology has created seemingly infinite possibilities for people to stay connected, but with this stream of constant communication, have many people in the modern age developed an addiction to information? Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused? is set to address this contemporary dilemma when this latest title in the popular Brain Training series launches - as a packaged game sold at retail or directly available to download from Nintendo eShop - exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL on 12th April 2013.

Developed in cooperation with neuroscientist Dr Ryuta Kawashima, the idea behind Devilish Brain Training - the third game in a franchise which has sold more than 15 million copies across Europe to date - is to train your grey matter by completing a series of challenging exercises with an emphasis on concentration skills and focus to train your working memory - an important brain function based around the temporary storage of information for manipulation. Through playing each exercise for a few minutes per day over the course of several weeks, and with the game to be conveniently available as a download on Nintendo eShop, you will have the time to notice whether personal improvements in your focus are being made.

Devilish Brain Training offers 30 exercises and minigames, including 18 which are brand new, with the core exercises dynamically adapting to create bespoke training programmes for all abilities. For example, Devilish Calculations challenges you to recall the answer to a previous mathematical problem while paying attention to the next one in line. The questions come thick and fast and you have to concentrate hard while remembering specific information to make sure you don’t make any mistakes.

Devilish Mice challenges you to simultaneously track the path of several mice while they are being chased by cats. It sounds simple but the exercise requires much concentration! If you find one of the exercises too tricky and perform poorly then it will dynamically adjust the difficulty based on your real-time results. By offering a stiff challenge and shifting the difficulty to match your performance, Devilish Brain Training will constantly push you to stay focused and access short-term memories.

For further insight into the upcoming launch of Devilish Brain Training, you can check out the latest Iwata Asks interview, which explores some of the inspiration and mechanics behind the game, as well as talking to Dr Kawashima himself.

Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused? is a challenging combination of exercises designed specifically to tackle the modern day issues of information overload and addiction, and train your ability to focus. Begin your mental preparation before the game’s 12th April launch date, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL as a packaged game sold at retail or directly available to download from Nintendo eShop.

For more information:
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour: http://guidedtour.nintendo.co.uk
Interviews at the Iwata Asks Hub: http://iwataasks.co.uk
Nintendo UK on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nintendouk
Nintendo UK on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/nintendoukofficial
Nintendo UK on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nintendo3dsuk

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