Wii U Virtual Console Gets Its First Nintendo DS Game, It’s Brain Age

By Sato . June 4, 2014 . 12:26am


Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that they will bring Nintendo DS titles to the Wii U Virtual Console. Since then, we haven’t heard specific plans, but according to Inside-Games, Nintendo just made Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! available on the Japanese Wii U eShop.


Japanese Wii U owners can now play the popular 2005 (2006 outside Japan) educational Nintendo DS title, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! using the Wii U GamePad to solve the game’s variety of puzzles such as Sudoku, math, stroop tests, and more.


Each registered account on the Wii U console can have up to four save data files for the game, and it is currently available to download for free until June 30, 2014.


This marks the first Nintendo DS title available for Wii U Virtual Console with more expected to be available in the near future.

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  • Shippoyasha

    Cool. The game that started me down a dangerous path of being obsessed with Sudoku.

    • Gyro Zeppeli

      Being obsessed with suicide like that is very unhealthy!

      • One does not simply sudoku, no…
        One COMMITS sudoku, it’s a way of err-…. life?

      • Symbol de Au

        I feel like I wanna be “that guy” today so I’ll say that it’s Seppuku not Sudoku.

        • Shippoyasha

          Heh. That is the joke.

          • Symbol de Au

            I’m trying to be “that guy”.

  • flameraver64

    What are the controls gonna be? Can you use the analog sticks instead of the DPad?

  • TheGioG

    And it was both the math related questions with complete derpage on my part that gave me brain ages of demented old geezers. Curse you Brain Age, making me feel like an incompetent… T-T

  • JMaster3000

    What about…. Brain Age 3DS for Europe….?

    • GH56734

      Probably coming alongside SMT IV (which is being localized by Nintendo to 5 languages in fact).

  • Nicky Tetlow

    If this is a trend, I want TWEWY on this thing. I WILL PAY THE SQEENIX TAX.

  • ddh819

    i never got it for DS… finally, i will know how old my brain really is

  • xe7en

    I still play this game on my phone using drastic. Still addicted to sodoku and cravee for more

  • CozyAndWarm

    Again, just like with the SNES and GBA games, why on earth are these not available on 3DS (and/or with cross-buy for both systems). These VC games are far more appropriate for portable compared to console imo

    • Smooosh

      I guess it’s not top priority on 3DS because you can just buy the cartridges.

      • CozyAndWarm

        Maybe not for Brain Age, but most of the best DS games are exceedingly rare and expensive. Doesn’t help when the awful people at Gamestop just throw away the game boxes and inserts when it comes time to resell. I know a lot of people who would be willing to buy DS games physically but pirate instead because of this. Hopefully that’s not what Nintendo is actually thinking

    • Spirit Macardi

      My guess is that they want to stick with the same emulation architecture between systems for future’s sake. The games can’t be emulated the same way between the 3DS and Wii U, since the 3DS runs DS carts through partial hardware-based compatibility, where as the Wii U is completely software-based.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’m still waiting for N64 games to show up. It’s cool that the DS is possible to emulate on the system, but I’d like to see more retro consoles before we start adding stuff from the last generation.

    • yes what the hell
      i know they look like shit
      they always have
      i dont care

  • keithmaxx

    TWEWY please!

  • Immodesty

    Nice to see Nintendo branching out and making more titles available, but as for Brain Age, I pretty much agree with this review: http://socksmakepeoplesexy.net/index.php?a=brainage

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