It looks like Namco Bandai wants to get inside your mind and your body with the just announced Body and Brain Connection for Kinect.
Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced Body and Brain Connection™ for Kinect™, controller-free games and entertainment for Xbox 360®. Players of all ages must think fast and act even faster as they answer math, logic, reflex, memory and physical related questions using the full-motion capabilities of the Kinect sensor. Body and Brain Connection challenges players to exercise both mind and body in the most cerebral and energetic party game ever from the originators of the video game brain training craze.
“Body and Brain Connection offers a forward-thinking evolution in the genre of brain exercising,” said Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “By adding physical movements to the core brain exercising concept, Body and Brain Connection is able to engage players’ minds and bodies with a robust selection of challenges and frantic party game modes.”
Body and Brain Connection is being developed under the supervision of renowned Japanese neuroscientist, Dr. Ryuta Kawashima. In addition to his neurological work in Japan, Dr. Kawashima has also supervised the development of several best-selling games. Dr. Kawashima’s previous efforts with video games proved to millions of gamers around the world how fun it can be to train your brain in minutes a day with simple brain puzzles. His newest research shows that, in addition to simple daily mind exercises, brain activity is also jump-started by physical movement; thus resulting in Body and Brain Connection. The unique full-body motion Kinect sensor allows players’ bodies and minds to work in unison as they get up off the couch to work out problems in their heads and complete the answer with specific physical actions.
Body and Brain Connection includes numerous different activities in single player and multiplayer modes. Up to four friends can compete in fun and engaging activities as they strive for the fittest brain. A daily progress tracker makes sure that players are up-to-date with their current progress as they continue to stimulate both mind and body.
Body and Brain Connection will be available in Q1 2011 exclusively on Kinect for Xbox 360. For more information about Body and Brain Connection, please visit http://www.namcobandaigames.com.
It’s good to see that more software has been announced for Kinect. I’m curious as to how well these games will work with the hardware, but we should find out soon.