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Brain Age: Concentration Training Puts North America to the Test on 3rd December

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Concentrate on the date

The latest title in the Brain Age series — which we've been calling Demon Training — has now been available in Japan for a little over a month, but the popularity of the series has made localised versions in other regions an inevitability. North America now has details, with Nintendo of America confirming a release date of 3rd December via Twitter.

Dr. Kawashima is back to train your brain! Brain Age: Concentration Training launches for Nintendo #3DS on 12/3.

As well as hitting just in time for Christmas, this release may be a retail title that tempts gamers into downloading via the eShop. In Japan, Satoru Iwata stated that 20% of early sales of the title were downloads, which is probably due to the fact that it involves short, daily exercises of around five minutes. In terms of what the game aims to help you achieve, it's all about maintaining concentration and focus, so it may ask a question but force you to delay your answer by one turn, for example.

We have little doubt that this will arrive in Brain Training form in Europe too, so we will keep our eyes peeled for updates. In the meantime, are any of you North Americans planning to pick this up, and will you opt for a game cart or download?

[via twitter.com]

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grumblegrumble

#1

grumblegrumble said:

Can't wait for this.. I love all his other installments and the Brain Age series. My only question is... Why is it called "Demon" training? Do you train to be a demon or what's the play on words there? Don't get it? Is it a Japan thing? lol

ThomasBW84Admin

#4

ThomasBW84 said:

@grumblegrumble I believe SuperSonic95 is right and, well, look at the picture on this article. I believe that's what Dr. Kawashima does if you start to get questions wrong. I find it quite funny graphically, but it's no surprise that there's been a name change for NA.

Tsuchinoko

#5

Tsuchinoko said:

@grumblegrumble In Japan we call someone who studies or trains for something intensely an "oni". Like if you call someone 仕事の鬼 (Shigoto no oni - work demon), it means they work ferociously and without breaking their concentration. It usually refers to the level of seriousness. It doesn't really have anything to do with a play on words.

I still call this game Oni-Training, since in my mind "Oni" and "demon" are different.

ajcismo

#6

ajcismo said:

Concentration Training... in North America? Hahahahaha, we're an instant gratification society over here.

Pikachupwnage

#9

Pikachupwnage said:

Getting this DD along with crosswords plus and maybe animal crossing due to the play a bit each day nature of these days

grumblegrumble

#10

grumblegrumble said:

@ThomasBW84 and @SuperSonic95 Thanks for the responses.. Yeah, that clears it up. I always wondered why in heck it was called 'Demon training', that actually sounds alot cooler than 'Concentration Training' lol ;) But it'll be an instant download for me. Any word on the cost? Thx

RR529

#12

RR529 said:

The name change isn't surprising, but now I wonder how they're going to explain his appearance (unless they change that as well).

dizzy_boy

#15

dizzy_boy said:

as long as nintendo doesn`t over charge the price on this, i can see it doing well as a download title.

md1500

#16

md1500 said:

An idea for how they can make the demon work with the English version....

"These tests aren't just hard...
They're DEVILISHLY hard...."

sonic_brawler95

#19

sonic_brawler95 said:

The Brain Age game were good fun in a way that made you feel smarter, so a buy for me!
As for retail or download, I downloaded NSMB2 and supported the new retail downloads, while finding the convenience being a plus. Brain Age seems like a perfect downloadable game, so I may go digital. That is of course, if I happen to beef up my SD Card first...

Intrepid

#20

Intrepid said:

With the Wii U and all the other games coming out, I may skip this game for the time being, but I would probably get it at some point. I will always get the physical copy no matter how inconvenient; that's just how I am.

dirtyplastic

#22

dirtyplastic said:

I play games to kill zombies, win wars, fly fast fighter jets, to drive a perfect lap around silverstone, save distant planets, collect 1,000,000 coins, not to do boring maths problems..... never really got this game, just seems dull.

Collinhall

#26

Collinhall said:

Demon Training is the better name - Concentration Training makes it sound like the game puts us through a concentration camp o.o

c1pher_c0mplet

#28

c1pher_c0mplet said:

@BayCraig100 Agreed. Gotta love political correctness. Anyway, it's about time we get a proper Brain Age for the 3DS! I will definitely be getting this in December! Can't wait!

Furealz

#29

Furealz said:

I need to know the soul's it cost to download the game....um fifty-two? Must-Buy!

LittleIrves

#30

LittleIrves said:

Hope they keep the "demon" doctor in here, but am worried they'll sanitize the look for fear of upsetting a few religious types here in the United Sensitive States of America. Maybe they'll just knock the horns off but keep the red face? We'll see.... either way, I"m definitely interested. Downloadable version, that is.

dimi

#31

dimi said:

Who thought the idiotic title? It reminds concentration camps, something much worse than oni. Focus training is better..but concentration training? C'mon

Tymek

#36

Tymek said:

Who of will buy it, and who will download it?
Reply with Download or Game Card and include a reason why!

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