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Kate Hudson plays Brain Age

This Brain Age: Concentration Training ad gives me such a nice sense of nostalgia for like 2008, the height of DS Brain Age/non-game fever and a really fun time to be a DS blogger.

This is classic DS-style advertising, here. The “I’m not a gamer” thing they were trying is nowhere to be found. Sadly, neither is Cowboy Jed…

BUY Brain Age: Concentration Training (Feb. 10)

Nintendo of Japan may have had a 47-minute Nintendo Direct presentation, but we got our own news from a coupla tweets! How economical!

Nintendo announced a U.S. version of Onitore, called Brain Age: Concentration Training, for December 3. You’ll spend your holiday break getting your brain all mushy!

Animal Crossing, which still doesn’t have an official English name, is now due in the first half of 2013. You can watch some Japanese footage from Nintendo Direct here!

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Brain Age speedrun (!) by Ryuto. Instead of correctly answering the problems in this tool-assisted speedrun, Ryuto draws images that incorporate the strokes that the game uses to recognize numbers.

The result is a high-speed, kind of psychotic flash of weird patterns, random drawings, and Super Smash Bros. fanart. 6 x 5 = Maxim Tomato? The “speedrun” could have been done more quickly, but “the run aims to be as entertaining as possible.”

I miss writing about Brain Age. We used to have fun making random Dr. Kawashima pronouncements.

[Via Game|Life]

Itsudemo Print Club: Kira Deco Premium tour.

Priced at 500 Nintendo Points, this DSiWare release (which translates as Anytime Print Club Sparkle and Stamp Premium) follows the template of Atlus’ Print Club booths, allowing you to take and decorate photos. You can save the images, trade them locally with friends, and add them to your mobile phone with an SD card.

Other upcoming DSiWare titles include Brain Age: Sudoku Version with 116 puzzles for 500 Points; Chotto Magic Taizen: Date Uranal, a 200 Point magic trick that figures out where your partner wants to go for a date; and Atsumeru Egaocho, another photo application.

That last 500 point title, Smile Collecting Book in English, has you collecting photos of people’s faces, with the game determining the face’s “animal type, profitability, and capability.” You can see how closely two faces match up, detemine compatibility between yourself and a friend, and use a face synthesis tool that combines two faces, adding props for a “childish image.” This is what Intelligent Systems has been working on, instead of developing a new Advance Wars or Fire Emblem for you.

All four of the first-party titles will release in Japan through DSiWare on April 22nd.

See also: More DSiWare news and media

[Via IGN, Andria Sang, SIliconera]

8 things you might not know about the DSi

By now, most of you know about the major improvements behind Nintendo’s DSi hardware — bigger screens, slightly longer stylus, an SD slot, two cameras, digital audio capabilities, improved speakers, a built-in browser, and a content download shop. There are obvious flaws, too, such as the missing GBA slot and lack of MP3 support.

But you already know all about those, so we’ve picked out some of the new system’s obscure details that you might not be aware of yet!

  1. The volume slider is now a rocker switch, like the GBA Micro, and has been moved to the left side.
  2. Two Brain Age titles will debut with the online shop — a “literature edition” and a “science edition.”
  3. Unlike previous models, the DSi will feature WPA/WPA2 support. It will also have “improved security features” for WEP.

  1. "Moving Notebook" software allows you to scrawl out memos and create small animations. You can even use the mic to record some audio for the clip.
  2. The DSi uses a unique AC adapter incompatible with the DS Lite’s adapter or other portables adapters.
  3. DSi Sound, the system’s music playing feature, has different visualizers (e.g. Excitebike, chicks hatching from eggs) to accompany your songs.

  1. The DSi has five brightness settings compared to the DS Lite’s four brightness settings.
  2. While the DS Lite takes 3 hours to charge its battery, the DSi takes only 2.5 hours. Unfortunately, the DSi also has a shorter battery life by an hour.

And a bonus! If you look at the DSi’s two speaker holes and its hinge camera, you’ll totally see a “face in a place.”

See also: 20 questions posed by Nintendo’s DSi