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Nintendo Provides Face Training to European Gamers This September

Posted by Trevor Chan

A rarity that is a DSi-only game

We here at Nintendo Life know the importance of exercise and general body & mind maintenance; especially since we're in the business of interactive entertainment which requires a significant amount of time in front of a screen. Muscles need to be exercised and the ones in the face are no exception.

It's been announced that Face Training: Facial exercises to strengthen and relax from Fumiko Inudo will be getting a European release on 24th September; exclusively for the DSi as it needs the built-in camera to work. Fumiko Inudo is a Japanese beautician and a specialist in muscular facial expressions, and her knowledge has been called upon in the devising of the various exercises.

You may remember that a series of mini-exercises were released on the Japanese DSi Shop last September and if you found them helpful, then this retail release should make your eyebrows rise, and your mouth wide open. Or it might interest you a bit. Read on for the full press release:

26th July 2010 – Looking a little stressed out lately? Strengthen and relax six different areas of your face through simple, daily exercises with Face Training: Facial exercises to strengthen and relax from Fumiko Inudo, released across Europe exclusively for Nintendo DSi & Nintendo DSi XL on 24th September 2010.

In the same way that you helped train your brain with Dr Kawashima's Brain Training series of games for Nintendo DS, Face Training contains a series of simple exercises to target specific areas of your face. The exercises have all been created in cooperation with Japanese Beautician & Specialist in the Muscles of Facial Expression, Fumiko Inudo.

Target the Ocular Muscle with an eye exercise that can help to ease tension around the eyes.

Or try focusing on some different types of facial and neck muscles such as your Zygomaticus Major –cheek area, Orbicularis Oris – mouth area or Trapezius – neck muscle to name a few, which could all help you in your task to facial wellness.

Getting started is quicker and easier than doing your make-up in the morning! Put your Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL on the included stand and the inner camera will show a mirror-like image of you as you perform the exercises. Your host during the game is Miles, who can be styled individually to your taste. As your virtual trainer, Miles will show the exercises on the left screen accompanied by a vocal explanation. You simply choose from a series of facial exercises and training sessions that focus on six different facial areas – eyes, cheeks, nose, mouth, jaw and neck – to find the ideal training for you.

The camera in your Nintendo DSi detects your movements during the exercises. You can even take a photo and Miles will provide advice on that exercise. You can check your progress daily using the available calendar function. In total, there are more than 15 different guided exercises which could all help to retain a face rich with vitality and facial expression.

Bonus features include unique mirror angles to experiment with, so you can check your face from different viewpoints and perspectives, which you would be unable to with a normal mirror.

Revitalise your face with Face Training: Facial exercises to strengthen and relax from Fumiko Inudo, launching across Europe for Nintendo DSi & Nintendo DSi XL only, on 24th September 2010.

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User Comments (15)

Mizore

#1

Mizore said:

Are these kind of games actually selling? They seem kinda....dumb, I dunno. I mean the Brain Age and that Academy thing was ok, but...these Face, Eye, Hands, Feet, Butt training games are a bit too much. xD

Junkface

#2

Junkface said:

Not to be sexist but I think this be aimed at female users; backed up by the fact that it is being released in Europe before the US. I read somwhere that the greatest number of female users of the Ds is overwhelmingly in Europe. Which is not to say some guys who are gettin on in thier years(er umm like me) wouldn't give this a try.
As for its real effectiveness...hmm well...anything that makes you feel better or boosts your confidence is good medicine in my opinion. I for one hope they keep trying all different kinds of crazy applications. Who knows maybe one of these oddball ideas may lead to the next great game. Proabably not this one lol but you know what I mean :)

Alias

#12

Alias said:

Face Age: Dawn of Makeup

Collect different capsules containing blush, eyeliner, and other accessories, then use the camera to customize your cavegirl in whole new ways. These capsules not only boost your popularity, but they upgrade your battle status, which aids you on your quest for the eternal pepper spray can that the legendary King Prancalot yanked out of the stone. Detect fierce enemies like cancer and acne by using the camera.

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