Dr. Kawashima trains brains on Kinect with Namco's 'Respond With Your Body: New Brain Training'

Just when you thought you couldn't train your brain any more, Dr. Ryuta Kawashima – the Tokyo University-based professor who turned "brain training" into a video game hit with Nintendo's Brain Age series – is bringing his particular brand of supposed self-improvement to Microsoft's Kinect this November. Instead of using the DS stylus, Karada de Kotareu Atarashii Nou-tore (or "Respond With Your Body: New Brain Training," as translated by Andriasang) tasks one to four players with moving their body to solve problems. For example: Align your arms, analog clock-style, to match a digital time. Your performance will be used to assign an age to your brain (sound familiar?).

You can see some examples in the Japanese trailer embedded below; pay attention or you'll miss the Pac-Man-themed challenge right around the one-minute mark. The game was announced today in Japan as a November 20th Japanese launch title for Kinect, and will retail for ¥6,279. No word yet on a US release, but with the Tokyo Game Show next week, we expect to learn more.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.