Ballot: Field Artwork Brawl #83 – Mind Age / Mind Coaching


Welcome again to Field Artwork Brawl, our common field art-based ballot to seek out the perfect regional variants from two or extra territories.

Final time we took a 20th anniversary have a look at HAL Laboratory’s GBC sport, Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble. With Europe out of the operating because of the sport by no means launching in that area, it was left to North America and Japan to duke it out. It was a detailed run bout, however in the long run North America emerged victorious with simply over 60% of the vote.

This week it is one other anniversary: 16th April 2021 marked fifteen years because the US launch of the phenom that was Mind Age — we have gone with ‘Age’ as a result of it is the American anniversary, however it was higher often called Mind Coaching elsewhere. No matter identify it glided by, all people and their gran had been glued to their Nintendo DS in the summertime of 2006 doing Sudoku puzzles and scrawling numbers on their consoles whereas a genial Japanese gentleman inspired you to maintain the ol’ gray matter energised.

Did it work? Are we smarter because of coaching our brains for minutes a day? Who can say, however Nintendo positive bought a ton of video games, that is for positive. Let’s examine if brains actually do beat brawn, then…

North America


Mind Age: Prepare Your Mind in Minutes a Day! (to offer the sport its full title) gave an impression of excessive class and training with its elegant, serif-ed brand on the high, however the bog-standard capitals of ‘IS YOUR BRAIN YOUNG OR OLD?’ down the underside belies its tabloid-y informal enchantment. Rays of — what’s that? daylight? brainwaves? — radiate from the skull within the centre, which is split into quadrants that present the assorted actions contained on the cart.

Sudoku is included — did you see that? — and we fairly just like the DS ‘Phat’ used as an instance the way you maintain the console like a e-book to play this one. Practical.



Dr. Kawashima’s Mind Coaching: How Outdated Is Your Mind? takes a cooler method with a lightweight blue background fading to a clear white piece of grid paper (the type that intelligent folks do sums and issues on). The skull returns in blue kind and calmly tells us that — sure — Sudoku is included right here, too.

There have been slight variants of this design with extra info on the backside and completely different languages between your nation within the PAL territories, however they had been all similar to this. Europe will get a pleasant elegant white DS Lite to show how it is best to maintain the console to play the sport, too. What can we are saying? We’re a cultured bunch.



Japan bins the oddly historical-looking skull for an oddly polygonal one. Sure, the Japanese model is the one one to function Physician Okay himself on the quilt, albeit smallish and plonked down within the backside proper nook. The grid paper is doing loads of work right here, and if it wasn’t for the splash of crimson livening issues up, this is able to be a reasonably bland cowl.

So, you’ve seen the choices, however which huge mind is gorgeous? Click on in your favorite under and hit ‘Vote’ to tell us:

Congratulations to Dr. Kawashima on fifteen fruitful years as a floating face — we hope you acquire a really good home with all of your Mind Coaching cash. As for the remainder of you, have an excellent week and we’ll see you subsequent time.

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