Nintendo DS "no better than a pencil" when it comes to training your brain

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Nintendo’s much-loved Brian Training series is a FRAUD that’s of no demonstrable benefit to your brain whatsoever, which means Julie Walters and Patrick Stewart have been LYING TO US all this time.

There is no worse feeling in the world than having been lied to by Patrick Stewart.

The revelation comes from Alain Lieury, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Rennes, who conducted a survey comparing the effectiveness of a pencil and paper and a copy of Brain Training on the development of the maths skills a bunch of ten-year-olds.

The result? Reading, playing board games and watching documentaries on TV had as much benefit…

Watchdog's fantastic assassination of Brain Training on the "DS Nintendo"

Mistake number one is Nicky Campbell calling it a “DS Nintendo” throughout the ludicrous report. Mistake #2 is thinking that Brain Training’s occasional problems recognising words is a surprise or new news, seeing as the game came out in June of 2006 and everyone’s already completely over it.

Mistakes numbers 3-99 we’ll leave you to work out for yourselves while enjoying the shameful Watchdog Nintendo outrage.

Opinion: Why Nintendo is getting it right on lifestyle games

Jon_smal.gifJonathan Weinberg writes…

If you’ve ever played games, then at some point, you have absolutely loved a Nintendo title – for many of us, they were the firm who shaped our childhood virtual experiences. And while Sony and Microsoft are great at catering to the core gamer, Ninty have always been the best at spotting new opportunities and finding ways to appeal to everyone.

Just look at the Game Boy, the most successful handheld of all time and played by men, women, children of both sexes and grandparents. This week Nintendo showed off a whole new crop of lifestyle titles in its Touch Generation series and I was left in no doubt that these are going to expand gaming horizons into areas they have so far been slow to reach…