Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a Day!

Brain Age
System Nintendo DS
Developer Nintendo
Genre Education
Series Brain Age Series

A series of timed mental tests designed to help improve your "Brain Age". Hosted by the floating head of Dr. Kawashima (a real Japanese doctor), the game shows how your brain age improves over time.

Each day, you are given a series of challenges to complete within a time limit. Write your answers on the touch screen. Upon completing each challenge you can add a stamp to your calendar. You can compare your results and train in each of the available games.

A series of Sudoku puzzles are also available to play through, though these don't contribute towards your Brain Age score.

Release Information

Region Name Release
Japan 東北大学未来科学技術共同研究センター川島隆太教授監修 脳を鍛える大人のDSトレーニング Touhoku Daigaku Mirai Kagakugijutsu Kyoudoukenkyuu Center Kawashima Ryuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Nou o Kitaeru Otona no DS Training 19 May 2005
US Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a Day! 17 Apr 2006
Europe Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? 09 Jun 2006


System Japan U.S. Europe
Wii U Virtual Console 05 Aug 2015 - 25 Jun 2015

Game Modes

Brain Age Check

Designed to be played for just a few minutes each day, you have to clear three games in a row. The games are picked at random from the following selection:

  • Stroop Test
  • Speed Counting
  • Word Memory
  • Connect Maze
  • Calculations X 20
  • Number Cruncher


This mode provides even more games that you can play at any time. If you clear one game then you receive a daily stamp, while clearing three will give you a larger stamp.

  • Calculations x 20 / x 100
  • Reading Aloud
  • Low to High
  • Syllable Count
  • Head Count
  • Triangle Math
  • Time Lapse
  • Voice Calculation


Added to the Western versions of the game are over 100 Sudoku puzzles. You are presented with a 9 x 9 grid, subdivided into 3 x 3 squares. Each row, column and 3 x 3 square must contain the numbers 1 to 9. Some squares already contain numbers, and you have to work out the other numbers using deductive reasoning.


Syllable Count

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One of the phrases in Syllable Count is "Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!", which was the line said by Toad in Super Mario Bros.

Submitted by Xeno82

Super Mario Bros. Theme

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When you get Walking Speed on any of the games, tap the stickman and he will whistle the first few notes of the Super Mario Bros. theme.

Submitted by Blueberry Pie

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