Nintendo of Europe sent out a press release announcing a new Touch! Generations game called Professor Kageyama's Maths Training: The Hundred Cell Calculation Method
. With the professor's name on display, the clinical boxart and the awkwardly long title, it's obvious that Nintendo is following the Brain Training
model with this game, but unlike Brain Training
, Maths Training
isn't a Nintendo original.
started its life as a third-party game, part of the Kageyama Method
series published in Japan by Shogakukan. It's a localized version of either 2006's Kageyama Method: Masu x Masu Hyaku-masu Keisan
(Kageyama Method: Repeat x Repeat 100-cell Calculation Method,
basically) or its sequel. Sadly, this probably isn't
the Masu x Masu
game advertised so breakdancically
last month, because that one also contains kanji training.
Even though we are just now
hearing about this, Nintendo is planning a February 8th release in Europe. We've included the press release after the break. Try out the 1-button Clicking Method
to give it a look.
Professor Kageyama's Maths Training
Improve your calculus with DS!
The foundation of Dr Kageyama's Maths Training is 100 square calculations a method conceived by Kageyama Hidea, a Japanese elementary school principal. The DS is held side ways like a book and all answers are written using the stylus.
The key principal of the software is repetition which according to Kageyama stimulates the brain. The main exercise 100 cells maths, consists of 100 hundred simple maths problems combined into a 10 by 10 grid using the numbers at the top and side of the grid. There are however many other exercises, ranging from simple one digit math problems to slightly more complex three digit challenges.
- The selection of three exercises changes every time the user advances to the next level 9which happens every five days).
- Depending on speed and accuracy a player will be rewarded with a bronze, silver or gold medal and a listing in the top three best times for that particular exercise.
* The software keeps track on the days in which the users trained by rewarding them with 'tick' mark in the built-in calendar.
[Via Games Press]
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
1-04-2008 @ 1:36PM
Do Europeans seriously refer to it as "maths" (with the S) instead of "math"? I've never seen math written like that before, how bizarre..
And is it just me, or does that box in the boxart look abnormally wide? Maybe it needs to be to fit that long title on the spine.
1-04-2008 @ 1:58PM
do you seriously spell colour with a U ?
1-04-2008 @ 2:43PM
Yes, we seriously do. As in mathmatics. Is it just called mathmatic in America or something?
1-04-2008 @ 3:17PM
Naw, they call it 'rithmetic in America :P
Maths= Mathematics. It also took me a while to realise rubber did not mean the same thing at my US college.
1-04-2008 @ 3:39PM
In America, mathematics (as a field of study) is considered to be singular, e.g. we say "mathematics is incredibly interesting", so the "is" implies that it is singular even though it ends with "s" (like "physics"). Since it's singular for us, we shorten "mathematics" to "math".
1-04-2008 @ 3:56PM
Yes, they do. My husband is British and he says Maths whenever talking about anything involving mathematics.
By that same token, though, do Americans seriously just call it "math" without an S when it is supposed to be short for mathematics, which refers to many, many types of mathematical systems? Yeah, yeah we do.
1-04-2008 @ 5:14PM
I love how one language can have such a big variation between two places.
1-05-2008 @ 8:59AM
European DS game boxes are wider than American or Japanese ones.
1-04-2008 @ 6:41PM
Ashley Boyd said...
Math, maths...who cares. I read it as meth :/
1-04-2008 @ 10:46PM
Maths Training?!! You're joking right? Surely this is the ultimate game from hell?! What kind of sick freak would find this entertaining? It's Maths for God's sake!! That horrible thing we had to do at school, but don't have to anymore because we've left. What is Nintendo thinking?! That's it, if this sells I'm going on a casual gamer killing spree. They must be destroyed!!!!!!
1-05-2008 @ 1:34AM
Look Around You was the definitive last word on maths:
1-05-2008 @ 11:31AM
I was wondering what game this was, since I didn't think Nintendo released any "Maths Training" games in Japan