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Brain Age (universe)

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Brain Age (universe)
Brain Training (universe)
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Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Genre(s) Educational
Console/platform of origin Nintendo DS
First installment Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (2005)
Latest installment Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (2019)

The Brain Age universe (脳を鍛える, Brain Training) is a series of educational puzzle games for the Nintendo DS, 3DS, and Switch.

Franchise Description[edit]

Ryuta Kawashima is a real-world neuroscientist who teaches different exercises for training and maintaining one's brain (or improving one's "Brain Age", as the series is named for). He is best known for being the author of the 2003 book Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain. Dr. Kawashima partnered with Nintendo to adapt this book into a video game format, which eventually resulted in May of 2005 with Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!. In December of that year, a sequel titled Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!. Both titles became massively successful due to attracting an older demographic that never considered video games can be so beneficial to their health.

Another sequel, titled Brain Age: Concentration Training released in 2012 for 3DS. After a minor hiatus, the series returned in 2019 on Nintendo Switch with Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch.

Dr. Kawashima has also been featured in games without the involvement of Nintendo that are not officially part of the Brain Age franchise, such as Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima for iOS in 2009, Train your Brain with Dr. Kawashima for PC also in 2009, and Body and Brain Connection for Kinect on Xbox 360.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Music[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Assist Trophy[edit]

  • Dr. Kawashima: The doctor appears in Super Smash Bros. 4 as an Assist Trophy. When summoned in battle, Dr. Kawashima fires various numbers throughout the battlefield. When these numbers collide, they are added together. If the sum equals ten or above, they will explode, with the explosion being larger should the number equal ten exactly.

Music[edit]

Source Tracks[edit]

  • "Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!": The medley returns from Brawl, playing on the Wii Fit Studio stage.
  • "Menu (Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!)": The menu theme, sourced from Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! as well as its sequel, also plays on Wii Fit Studio.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Assist Trophy[edit]

  • Dr. Kawashima: The doctor reprises his role as an Assist Trophy in Ultimate, though the background changes to a white graph-like texture when summoned.

Music[edit]

Source Tracks[edit]

  • "Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!": The medley returns from Brawl.
  • "Menu (Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!)": The theme returns from Smash 4.

Spirits[edit]

The following characters from the series are spirits.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability
1,214
from the game's files
Dr. Kawashima
Neutral
★★ 2 1784 7163 874 3510 910 3653 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
1,215
from the game's files
Dr. Kawashima (Concentration Training) North America
Dr. Kawashima (Devilish Brain Training) PAL
Neutral
★★★★ 2 4633 11582 2050 5125 2050 5125 Unflinching Charged Smashes

Games with elements appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series.[edit]

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day![edit]

  • Assist Trophy:
  • Spirits:
    • Super Smash Bros. UltimateDr. Kawashima appears as a spirit.
  • Music:
    • Super Smash Bros. BrawlBrain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day: Medley of tracks featured in this game.
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U"Menu (Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!)": The menu theme, sourced from Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! as well as its sequel.

Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day![edit]

  • Music:
    • Super Smash Bros. BrawlBrain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day: Medley of tracks featured in this game.
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U"Menu (Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!)": The menu theme, sourced from Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! as well as its sequel.

Brain Age: Concentration Training (NA)/Dr Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused? (PAL)[edit]

  • Spirits:
    • Super Smash Bros. UltimateDr. Kawashima in his devil form from this game appears as a spirit.

Trivia[edit]

  • Brain Age is the only universe in the entire Super Smash Bros. series to have a real life person directly make an appearance in the series.