At the weekend, we reported on the rumour that Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused? — which is known as Brain Age: Concentration Training in North America — was being pushed back from its proposed European April 12th release date to later in the year.
We approached Nintendo for clarification, and have received the following statement this morning:
Nintendo has made the decision to push back the launch date of Dr Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused? for Nintendo 3DS to optimise the best possible launch timing of this title within the European market. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to announce a new launch date soon.
So there you have it — Dr Kawashima's unique brand of mental training is going to be happening a bit later in Europe. UK retailer GAME currently has the game down for a September release, which seems feasible.
While delays are always slightly annoying, in this case we have to admit we're slightly relieved; with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon already available and the sublime Fire Emblem: Awakening hitting European stores on April 19th, the 3DS is hardly short on titles at the moment. Had Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training launched on the 12th, there's a danger that it could have gotten lost in the crush.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you also grateful for Nintendo pacing its 3DS releases in Europe, or were you looking forward to testing your powers of concentration this month?