Review: Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training (Nintendo Switch)

Get ready to challenge your brain in a variety of ways in Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch. Test your skills with an assortment of exercises in different playstyles, such as holding your Nintendo Switch console vertically and using a stylus or your finger, or using the right Joy-Con’s IR Motion Camera, which detects the shape of your fingers.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 28.5mb download size. (physical version)
  • Full touchscreen support.
  • The physical version comes with a stylus.
  • Two modes- Play and multiplay.
  • Supports and shows every account that is on the Nintendo Switch and when they were last used.
  • Plays in portrait mode.
  • Unlock new tasks by playing consecutively.
  • Training–Pick any unlocked task, see results and then add a stamp to your calendar.
  • Brain age check- a handful of random tasks and then you get a brain age at the end.
  • Stamp-can design your own.
  • Online leaderboards-on/off.
  • Writing the number 5 option–Standard or two strokes, this is for better recognition.
  • Left/right-hand support.
  • Set alarms/notifications.
  • Recieve performance emails.
  • Calander view-month or week.
  • Quickplay (mp)- six tasks to choose from= Brain age check, finger calculations, finger drills, flag raising, bird watching, and box-counting.
  • Has Joycon supported tasks. Uses the IR port as a camera of sorts that can see your hand gestures.
  • 13 total tasks to unlock.
  • Utilizes many inputs from touchscreen/joycon and speech.
  • Very responsive and good at recognizing text.
  • Helpful tips on improving.
  • A brief explanation of tasks.

Cons:

  • It can still struggle to recognize text but it depends on how you write more than anything.
  • I can’t always choose which tasks to avoid in brain training.
  • Tasks take a few weeks to unlock.
  • Handheld only.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Brain Training on the 3DS changed how we view games and made it possible that games could actually change there whole existence! Well, finally the series hit the Nintendo Switch and its more of the same but again like on the 3DS it uses every possible input, encourages you to play daily and has charts and emails to share with friends. The tasks are a bit of old and a bit of new, the Joycon stuff is next level interaction though with the IR port showing your hand so now you can play rock paper scissors or show numbers, it works really really well. I found Brain Training to be every bit as good as the originals and innovates whilst keeping it simple. An online portion of the game is shown but is not open to the public yet so we still have more stuff incoming! Really impressed with the game and I am hooked on it, It takes minutes to do the daily task so there is no excuse.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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