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Brain Age Sequel, Game Gear Titles Headed to 3DS


Apart from the tease that Capcom, Namco Bandai and Sega are joining forces to work on a new 3DS title, there was no earth-shattering news to come out of today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast.

First up, after fraternising with Kinect, Dr. Kawashima and his mission to improve the grey matter of the gamers everywhere will return to 3DS with a new game.

The new game will focus on improving concentration and memory. Kawashima says we have all become “information obsessed” in recent times, and consequently it’s become hard to maintain concentration.

It’s 6 years since the original Brain Training help launch the Nintendo DS, and in the broadcast Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata said a lot has changed in the world of science in that time, and the game will reflect those advancements. The game is on course for a summer release in Japan.

In other news, Game Gear titles will be hitting the European and Japanese eShop this March. Unsurprisingly, Sonic the Hedgehog will be one of the first titles to be released, alongside Shinobi and Dragon Crystal. Game Gear games will be released in Japan on March 14th, and will reach Europe in ‘mid-March’.

The localised European version of Iwata’s address also confirmed that Fire Emblem on 3DS will receive a European release in 2012. It was also announced that the game will receive paid DLC updates, containing new missions and maps. Iwata said that the DLC will be made available for free in Japan until May 31st, afterwards it will be priced.

The Fatal Frame spin-off for 3DS – Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir – will be released in North America on April 13. The European release date remains Q2 2012. Sega’s Rhythm Thief The Emperor’s Treasure received a April 5 release date in Europe. No North America date has been provided. The Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly remake (known in Japan as Project Zero 2: Wii Edition) will release in June, and will be on its way to Europe, while a North American release was not mentioned.

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