Nintendo has always tried its best to promote a healthy body and mind. With each new console, as technology evolves, they seem to come up with bigger and better ways to get their gamers up and moving or simply thinking outside the box.
I recently talking about Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training, a sequel to Brain Age, that’s coming to Nintendo Switch in January. It’s obviously being released in Japan and it was recently announced that it’ll be coming to Europe in January 2020 as well. As far as I know (at least, I haven’t heard), it’s not announced to come to the US yet. I do hope it will come to where I am because the game looks great. I’m looking forward to giving it a try.
I always enjoyed those kinds of games with the logic puzzles and, even though I hate math, the math games were always fun. Plus, it had Sudoku which is my favorite kind of puzzle.
They also announced Ring Fit Adventure which releases this week. This is another game I want to try. However, it comes out in three days and we haven’t pre-ordered it. While I do want to try the game, I’m not sure if I want to drop $80 bucks at the moment. This might be a game I’d like to give a go a little later.
There are so many games coming out within the next few months that I’m looking forward to trying. I know I’ll get sucked into Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon Sword & Shield when they come out. There are some other games I’m looking forward to buying and trying as well.
Ring Fit Adventure, while I’m definitely intrigued, I don’t think I’ll be as into it as I will be with Luigi’s Mansion, for example. It’s more expensive and there’s more equipment, if you will, that I’ll have to store somewhere. Brain Training, on the other hand, will be something quick to pick up and play as I go or just for a few minutes each day.
I understand why Nintendo wants people to get up and moving. In Wii games and 3DS games, if you play for a certain amount of time, a pop-up will appear reminding you to go outside and do something other than sitting on your butt playing video games. Which is an interesting thing to add when your company is built on wanting people to play games, however, I guess they want the games to last.
I also understand keeping the mind sharp but, in a way, don’t games already do this?
Playing video games requires hand-eye coordination. Most games involve some sort of thinking, mostly outside the box. The Legend of Zelda series, for example, is built upon puzzles. The dungeons and shrines are puzzles and logic thinking, just without numbers. It’s portrayed in a different way. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is all about logic as well. Solving mysteries requires you to think outside the box, remember certain evidence, and be observant.
This isn’t to say that games like Brain Age shouldn’t exist. I love those games as much as any other. But video games are a lot more involved than people seem to give them credit for.