Dr. Kawashima’s Body and Brain Exercises announced. Uses Kinect. Western release in 2011

Dr. Kawashima's Body and Brain Exercises screenshot for Xbox 360 (uses Kinect)
Dr. Kawashima’s Body and Brain Exercises for Xbox 360’s Kinect has been announced. It will be released in America and Europe in 2011.

Published by Namco Bandai, the game is an all-new take on “brain training” as made famous by Tokyo University Professor “Dr. Ryuta Kawashima” and his Nintendo series of “Brain Age” DS titles that became a mini-phenomenon and started a whole new “genre” of brain studying-style games edutainment games.

This time, players will be training their noggin using their body thanks to the Kinect camera system on Xbox 360. It can be played by one to four players and will make use of your arms and body in new and unique mini-games.

In one game for example, you’ll need to move your arms to match the time shown on a digital clock, with your arms becoming the hand dials of the analog clock’s face.

Like with the Brain Age games, you’ll be scored at the end and you will be given an “age” of your brain based on your performance. With the goal to increase the age of your brain until it’s “younger” or close to your real-life age. Sounds close to copyright-infringement, eh? 😛

One cool thing is that the game may make use of Namco Bandai characters, as one mini-game is clearly Pac-Man themed. Could there be a Tekken or Namco-themed mini-game?

Here is the official reveal trailer for the Tokyo Game Show 2010.

The game will be released in Japan this November 20th at a price point of ¥6,279. That’s $73 USD . . . seems way too high to me. Hmm, maybe the currency converter I used is wrong?